Research Asst/Tech 3
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Job Posting

Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Technicians & Research Assists

Job Category:
Non Union Research/Technical

Classification Title:
Research Asst/Tech 3

Business Title:
Research Asst/Tech 3

Faculty of Medicine

Neurology Division

Salary Range:
$45,035.00 (minimum) - $49,112.00 (midpoint) - $53,190.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:

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Funding Type:
Grant Funded

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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary
A research position is available for a highly motivated individual to join the dynamic Neuroethics Canada team in beautiful Vancouver, BC. The position will involve projects related to neurotechnology in the general context of neurologic and psychiatric disorders, and specifically with a focus on drug resistant epilepsy. The successful individual will work closely with Investigators in Canada and the USA, trainees and other members of the Project Team to explore current and future ethical implications of invasive and non-invasive neurotechnologies and their responsible integration into health care and society. Funding for this position is from a multi-year NIH/NIMH BRAIN Initiative research grant.
Organizational Status
Upwards: Directly to the Director of Neuroethics Canada, Dr. Judy Illes (PI) and Co-PI Dr. Patrick McDonald.
Interaction and liaisons: Associate Director, postdoctoral fellow(s), graduate research assistants, research assistants, research interns, and administrator.
Work Performed
The responsibilities of this position will focus on the implementation of research using primarily qualitative methods to characterize ethical risks, benefits, priorities and values around neurotechnologies for neurologic and psychiatric disorders, and develop ethical guidance and innovative resource materials to support patient, family and physician decision-making.
Working closely with and under the supervision of the PIs, the successful candidate will:
1. Apply qualitative methods to analyze existing interview and focus group data about drug resistant epilepsy in youth, and continue data collection as needed.
2. Assist with the development, implementation and analysis of a discrete choice experiment, relating to novel interventions for drug resistant epilepsy.
3. Situate results in ethics guidance and outreach resources.
4. Develop and assist with the development of decision-making resources, e.g., video, infographics.
5. Participate in laboratory meetings, seminars and journal clubs, and other academic events.
6. Write and assist with manuscripts, media resources, presentations, and outreach materials.
7. Prepare and maintain ethics applications.
8. Other neuroethics scholarship and research assistance arising.
Supervision Received
Reports directly to the Director and Principal Investigator and secondarily to the Co-Principal Investigator.
Supervision Given
None given.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
Any procedure or data record as part of a research study must be accurate and must accurately reflect the work performed. Studies may be jeopardized if not conducted according to ethical requirements as laid out by the University and by regulatory authorities. Study files must be kept secured or patient confidentiality may be compromised.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline such as bioethics, psychology, public health, science policy, neuroscience, or law. Masters or PhD preferred. Demonstrated interest in neuroethics. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Excellent academic credentials. Working knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodology and design. Computer proficiency. Excellent interpersonal, organizational skills, oral and written communication skills. Ability to work both independently and within a team environment while adhering to tight timelines. Ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting devoted to issues at the intersection of biomedical ethics and neurological sciences.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.