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Research Associate, Department of Medicine

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Job ID: 29648

Updated: November 6, 2023

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Department of Medicine in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator.

This position will play a critical and dynamic role in conducting research that will improve understanding of health-related challenges.

The program of research includes a number of distinct projects. The successful candidate in will be involved in conducting qualitative research, including interviews and focus groups, coding and analyzing data using NVivo Software. The Research Associate may also help the research projects by submitting and maintaining ethics applications, recruiting and consenting participants as well as writing up and presentation of study results.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Project Coordination
    • Collaborates on the design, preparation and presentation of study materials including study protocols, procedure manuals, SOPs, informed consent documents and study reports.
    • May work with project staff and stakeholders to implement and disseminate project-applicable communications, presentations, publications and research findings.
    • May help set up and manage project meetings (including taking minutes, preparing meeting documentation and creating project presentations).
    • May initiate relationships, liaise, and communicates with key stakeholder groups to promote awareness of the project.
    • Maintains accurate, timely, complete documentation and records
  • Research Implementation, Conduct, Reporting, Evaluation
    • Define implementation strategies, establish standard operating procedures (SOPs) and execute plans. Specifically, investigating/determining how to carry out the research project, then developing written processes specific to each participating site in which the research is undertaken and then performing the work that is required to complete the project.
    • Implements study protocol, monitors daily study activity and updates investigators as appropriate.
    • Ensures that all research-related activities are carried out in accordance with the established protocol and standards in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.
    • Organizes and conducts qualitative research (ie: focus groups, interviews, and data collection) inclusive of planning, moderating, facilitating, collecting and sorting information, and coding data.
    • Completes informed consent process with study participants.
    • Responsible for monitoring expected enrolment goals and modifying recruitment strategies to achieve those targets.
    • Assists with the development of materials, and supporting resources for the implementation and evaluation of the research activities

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A masters degree is preferred in a related field such as Community Health Sciences, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work, Nursing etc. (a combination of education and experience will be considered)
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing in English is required
  • A developed depth and breadth of understanding regarding social determinants of health
  • 3-5 years of related work experience, with a minimum of 2 years of experience conducting and coordinating quantitative and qualitative research experience is required (graduate school and/or employment).
  • Experience with academic reporting and presentation development is preferred
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to handle difficult situations objectively and consistently
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to seek out answers to questions and problems
  • Demonstrated ability in professional writing specifically in grant writing and manuscript writing, preparing reports and conducting literature reviews for the purpose of presentation and publication
  • Qualitative research experience is strongly preferred: including conducting focus groups and interviews with patients and health care providers, and analyzing qualitative interview transcripts using thematic analysis techniques. (preference for those who have used NVivo Qualitative Data Analysis Software)
  • Expert knowledge of standard system software applications (e.g. MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint & MS Project)

Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled; however, applicants will be reviewed as they are received.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase 2.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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