Research Assistant - ARCHE
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
This position has an end date of 6 months from the date of hire, with a possibility of extension.

The Research Assistant works under the supervision of the Directors, Associate Directors, Operations Manager, and Research/Project Coordinators at ARCHE (Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence). This Research Assistant will assist with knowledge synthesis tasks as part of a research team with other staff including project coordinators, clinical leads, librarians, statisticians, and other research assistants. This work will contribute towards informing local and national stakeholders in their decision making about various clinical and health-related issues

This position will be assigned to one primary project but will also assist on other projects, assignments, and initiatives established by the Principal Investigator on an as needed basis. Supervision and activities will be assigned by the Project and Research Coordinator(s).


Provide support for ongoing research projects, including systematic reviews, rapid reviews, scoping reviews, methodological research, knowledge translation, and other related tasks. As directed by the project/research coordinator(s) activities include:
implement study protocols
screening complex research articles
applying inclusion/exclusion protocols
data extraction, data checking, data entering
develop and completion of evidence and results tables
database development (e.g., developing templates for data extraction, developing databases for online surveys)
data verification, data cleaning, and manipulation, including preparing data for statistical analysis
data analysis (e.g., running descriptive statistics, entering data into appropriate software and running basic meta-analyses with input from project leads and statistician)
complete consensus with other RAs to ensure the validity of decisions
report and manuscript preparation
participate in regular meetings to provide progress on activities with project/research coordinator(s)
Contribute to content of reports and manuscripts for publication
verify sources of data
write sections on methods used and results
develop extensive evidence tables
Assist as a resource to other research projects as identified by the ARCHE/EPC/SPOR Directors
Work in collaboration with all ARCHE team members, faculty, and staff.
Attend and participates in research study/group meetings
All other tasks as required and identified by the ARCHE Directors.

BSc higher or training in a health related discipline is preferred
The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in a health related field; equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered
Minimum two years’ experience working in a research environment; experience in Epidemiology, Statistics, Public Health or a related field is preferred
Computer proficiency using MSOffice applications (Word, Excel, Access),and reference management software is required (EndNote, RefWorks, Reference Manager)
Experience with database software including database development is an asset
Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral and written), prioritization and organizational skills
Ability to multi-task and perform work with accuracy and precision
Ability to work efficiently in a professional and ethical manner in accordance with University of Alberta policies and procedures
Compose a letter explaining how you are going to contribute to the Alberta Research Centre of Health Evidence’s mandate to support and foster the development of evidence informed practice through high quality knowledge syntheses and why you are the right fit for this position. Submit this letter and your curriculum vitae. Applications received without a cover letter addressing these elements in detail will not be considered.