University of Alberta

Research Associate

Faculty of Nursing

Competition No.  -    A102336746
Closing Date  -    Aug 16, 2018

The Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) research program is a complex of inter-connected research projects, pilot projects, a network study, and a training program for highly qualified personnel that has been running since 2007.  A new 2 year program began in 2018 across three provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba) with close relationships in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. TREC is comprised of four main inter-related projects; the TREC Measurement System (TMS), Safer Care for Older Persons (in residential) Environments (SCOPE), Improving Nursing Home Care through Feedback on PerfoRMance Data (INFORM), and an end-of-life project as part of the pan-Canadian SALTY (Seniors Adding Life to Years) study. TREC engages care providers in more than 90 long term care (nursing home) facilities in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba in a longitudinal project on work environment and staff work life. The TREC team entails over 60 members including investigators, trainees and different stakeholders (i.e. policy makers, knowledge users, citizens) across Canada, the US, and Sweden.

The Research Associate will report directly to the TREC Scientific Director (SD) and provide support in a variety of research and revenue-generating activities with a significant focus on utilizing the longitudinal TMS data, publishing manuscripts and supporting the two interventions studies (SCOPE and INFORM).


Project related work

  • Develop and pre-test a technology to make the INFORM intervention available for decision makers
  • Be responsible for the SCOPE fidelity qualitative data collection and analysis; this includes doing observations during the learning congresses, monitor the data collection steps done by investigators, collect the data, enter the data into the secure data environment, analyze the data, draft reports to the research team etc.
  • Facilitate the action project method used in the SALTY sub-project engaging vulnerable populations into the study; e.g. interview a dyad (resident plus significant other), analyze the data, provide the data back as a narrative to the dyad etc.


  • Support the preparation and implementation of TREC’s summer student program; prepare projects for the students; assist with recruiting and interviewing potential students; coach and supervise summer students during the summer
    student program
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows throughout the academic year; provide mentorship; prepare sessions on different topics such as methods and data analysis

Funding and grant writing

  • Support the preparation of TREC funding applications; e.g. perform targeted literature reviews for planned TREC funding applications, plan and develop research aims and objectives for funding applications in close collaboration with TREC
    researchers; determine the most appropriate strategy for carrying out grant writing activities
  • Support other revenue-generating activities at the local/provincial/national level, e.g. draft funding applications for health authorities or provincial governments

Scientific outputs

  • Prepare publications related to INFORM, SCOPE, and SALTY
  • Advance the scientific knowledge and contribute to TREC’s work related to organizational context though grant writing and publications
  • Assist in the preparation of research publications and posters for scientific meetings

Overall support of the research program

  • Plan research activities and provide research design for new/proposed research initiatives
  • Determine the most appropriate methodology in carrying out identified research goals
  • Develop materials to support TREC research and operations where required, e.g. draft trainee recruitment posters, write sections for an impact report
  • Organization of and participation in TREC meetings
  • Prepare correspondence, briefing notes, reports and other documentation as required
  • Develop strategies for presenting key results that are appropriate to different stakeholders at all levels (e.g., researchers, trainees, front line staff, senior decision makers)
  • Prepare technical and dissemination reports for funders
  • Attend meetings with the Scientific Director and Co-Investigators and participate in brainstorming sessions for planning collaborative research projects
  • Perform other research and administrative duties as required


  • A PhD in a Health or Social Sciences discipline is required and essential for this position
  • 3-5 years’ experience in senior scientific work on research projects
  • The successful candidate will have excellent organizational, time management and communications skills (written and oral)
  • The ideal candidate will have a high level of interpersonal skills and advanced organization, decision making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; a proven ability to work in a fast paced team environment and meet tight deadlines
  • Experience with mixed methods of research (i.e., survey, interview, formative and summative evaluation, etc.)
  • Experience working with large databases/sets, as well as, data analysis and interpretation experience is an asset
  • Demonstrated superior project planning and management skills
  • Demonstrated superior communications and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated superior written communication abilities, e.g., reports, briefings, manuscripts, grants
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills with the ability to adapt to competing timelines and change
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Excellent initiative and ability to work with limited supervision
  • Must have superior skills in MS Office suite of programs, including Excel
  • Experience with statistical analysis using one or more of SAS, SPSS, STATA
  • Skill and experience with qualitative analysis are an asset
  • Experience with research in long-term care settings is an asset
  • Familiarity with University policies and procedures and previous work/supervisory experience in an academic/clinical research setting would also be an asset

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has an approximate appointment of one year, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range of $58,210 to $72,770.

How to Apply

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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.