University of Alberta

Research Associate

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Competition No.  -    A100633393
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This competition is restricted to current University of Alberta employees only.

Working under the supervision of the Principal investigator (PI), the Research Associate  will manage the coordination, administration and research requirements of the clinical research projects undertaken by the PI. Activities include: preparing and submitting ethics approvals, conducting study activities specific to research protocols, training and monitoring study assistants, designing data collection forms, completing Health Canada and other regulatory applications, coordinating activities of external study sites as they relate to the clinical research projects undertaken by the PI.


  • Prepare consent forms, ethics submission and renewals (Human Research Ethics review Process) as well as amendments, and monitoring yearly reporting to the Ethics committee
  • Assist with preparation of grant applications under the direction of the PI
  • Design and review study materials (data collection materials including data collection forms and shadow charts
  • Complete regulatory applications to governing bodies such as Health Canada
  • Develop study protocols and any changes therein to study assistants and off-site study partners 
  • Ensure all aspects of the study are performed within International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use/Good Clinical Practice and Tri-Council policy Statement Guidelines
  • Coordinate and monitor ongoing follow-up appointments for subjects
  • Troubleshoot for any potential quality assurance issues; review charting and data organization on a quarterly and as needed basis
  • Liaise with Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, NACTRC and University departments including the Research Ethics boards and Industry partners on issues related to study operations
  • Assign tasks to study assistants; assist the PI in conducting their performance evaluations 
  • Gather and organize regulatory documents from external study sites (internal and external)
  • Participating in clinical research projects undertaken by the PI
  • Ensure external sites have adequate materials and receive necessary training to conduct study procedures; travel to study sites to train when needed; assist in developing training modules/documents
  • Monitor data collected for studies at both external sites (travel required) and local sites
  • Act as primary contact and support for all external study sites; provide assistance and solutions to external study sites as needed
  • Manage reporting requirements of external regulatory and funding bodies
  • Assist with recruitment of potential participants through interactions with pertinent health care and administrative staff and chart reviews
  • Conduct study procedures of research protocols within the required timelines outlined in the study protocol
  • Collect clinical and other study data through subject interview; ensure all information collected is accurate and complete and is collected according to the methods and guidelines of each individual research project; administer research questionnaires to study subjects using methods outlined in the research project
  • Conduct data analysis and assist in the interpretation and the drafting of written summaries of data analyses including figures and tables, as needed, for scientific papers, posters and presentation
  • Contribute to the content of manuscripts and assist the PI and research team in the preparation of research publications emanating from the Study, to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals
  • Maintain ongoing communications locally and national (including organizing program meetings, managing program working groups, and ensuring communication between program sites and amongst team members and staff)
  • Monitor academic conferences for knowledge exchange and transfer opportunities
  • Produce dissemination materials such as conference presentations and posters, educational materials and other forms of knowledge transfer and exchange resources based on program results for scientific and lay audiences
  • Design the study database applications; create database Excel programs for the study projects
  • Develop Study Assistant Manual in collaboration with the Database Developer; update and review manual as required


  • Post-secondary education of a Master’s degree in Health Sciences, Rehabilitation Science or related field
  • 2 years of related research experience
  • Certification in Human Subject Research training (i.e. CITI training, TCPS-2), and ideally experience in running human subject research
  • Previous experience in academic project coordination and product development (i.e. conference, publications, etc.)
  • Strong writing and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication (verbal and written), organization, problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position is for a one year term length, with the possibility of renewal, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at and annual salary range of $58,210 to $80,050.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.