McMaster University
Hamilton, ON
Schedule 28 hours per week, Tuesday - Thursday (8:30am-4:30pm)
Education Level Bachelor's degree in a relevant field of study. Requires 2 years of relevant experience
Career Level Experienced (Non-Manager)

Job Description

Should the successful applicant be a Unifor Unit 1 bargaining unit member, who meets the eligibility conditions of Article 19.02 of the Unifor Unit 1 Collective Agreement, then the Limited Term Assignment will be defined as a Career Growth Opportunity in accordance with Article 19 of the Unifor Local 5555 Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

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Pay Grade:

Research Assistant

Unit/Project Description:
Contract End Date: March 31, 2021. This large multi-province, mixed methods project aims to assess the content of an online toolkit called ‘My Tools 4 Care-In-Care’ and to optimize its effectiveness in providing support for caregivers of loved ones living with dementia in long-term care. This project incorporates both qualitative research (focus groups) and a clinical trial involving caregivers from across Ontario.

Job Summary:
Responsible for organizing and administering one or more research projects within required deadlines under the direction of a Principal Investigator or project leader.

Purpose and Key Functions:
Oversee the collection, entry, verification, management, analysis, and reporting of data.
Use statistical software to analyze data and interpret results.
Design and maintain databases, data collection forms, error checking methods and related programs for efficient collection, analysis, and reporting.
Modify and reconfigure databases to ensure the optimal storage of data and minimize data entry complexities.
Troubleshoot moderately complex computer problems.
Write data management and operations documentation for the project.
Liaise between the centre and remote clinic sites and personnel.
Conduct structured patient interviews.
Ensure that the relevant research methodology is applied and all research material is handled in accordance with established protocols, policies, and procedures.
Participate in the development of promotional strategies and related materials to encourage participation and support for research projects.
Develop presentations and present information and training sessions to project personnel and patients.
Keep project participants informed of project progress through regular reports and newsletters.
Gather and compile information and data required for the preparation of scientific papers, abstracts, and graphs.
Conduct literature searches.
Oversee the extraction and compilation of data required for reports and disseminate data to research groups and collaborating partners.
Implement and maintain the research project budget. Create financial projections and make adjustments to the research project budget throughout the fiscal year.
Exercise appropriate budget controls, monitor, and reconcile accounts.
Write a variety of letters and memos.
Participate in research project meetings and propose recommendations for procedure modifications and development in the areas of data management, quality control, and assurance.
Write, update, and archive data management and quality assurance conventions.
Respond to inquiries received from project personnel regarding relevant project issues and procedures.

Bachelor's degree in a relevant field of study.
Requires 2 years of relevant experience.

The successful candidate must possess the following:
Experience in conducting clinical trials

Experience in both qualitative and quantitative research

Excellent communication and listening skills

Excellent organization and time management skills

Strong critical thinking skills

Excellent attention to detail

Strong working knowledge of MS Office and data analysis software (eg. SPSS and NVivo).

How To Apply

To apply for this job, please submit your application online.

Employment Equity Statement

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.