University of Alberta

Research Assistant

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Department of Surgery

Competition No.  -    S100736453
Posting Date  -    Jul 12, 2018
Closing Date  -    Jul 19, 2018
Hourly Rate  -    $25.62 - $34.59
Grade  -    07
Hours  -    14

This part-time position has a term length of 4 months from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension based on the availability of funding.

The Scientific Office of the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network™ (SSCN), based in the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, is seeking a Research Assistant to contribute to a systematic review. The Surgery SCN believes surgical care can be delivered “sooner, safer and smarter” by using evidence to inform decision making at all levels. By researching, sharing, and spreading best practices, patient care at the bedside becomes increasingly safe and effective. The Research Assistant will report to Dr. Ronald Moore, Scientific Director, SSCN, and the scope of work and daily oversight will be managed by Dr. Sanjay Beesoon, Assistant Scientific Director, SSCN. Further information on the Department of Surgery and the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network™ can be found at and

The SSCN team will be conducting a systematic review utilizing the resources of The American College of Surgeons - National Surgical Quality Improvement (ACS-NSQIP) program. ACS-NSQIP is a US-validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program used to objectively measure and improve surgical care quality in surgical centers around the world. Currently, sixty Canadian hospitals have implemented the program. ACS-NSQIP was first implemented in Alberta in 2015 as a pilot program at 5 major hospitals. As Alberta Health Services is preparing to expand ACS-NSQIP to other major surgical centers in the Province, it is timely and appropriate to conduct a systematic review of the current academic and grey literature on ACS-NSQIP. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Scientific Office of the SSCN and other academic partners to provide an advanced working draft.


  • Determines a literature search strategy including determining the most appropriate research question(s), keywords, and databases
  • Conducts the searches of research literature (academic papers, government reports, white papers) and clinical trial databases
  • Evaluates if research literature and clinical trial databases meet the needs of the systematic review and provide recommendations to Assistant Scientific Director
  • Identifies and contacts, in collaboration with team members, other health authorities across Canada that have implemented NSQIP programs for information gathering including NSQIP managers and front-line workers
  • Synthesizes results and organize reference materials for potential use in government policy and frameworks
  • Drafts the report by building skeleton document based off of provided templates and incorporating synthesized information into content
  • Works with Scientific Director and Assistant Scientific Director to identify potential publication opportunities
  • With input from the Assistant Scientific Director, establish an effective and realistic work plan, including timelines and scope of work
  • Provides regular updates and communications on work progress and findings


  • Master’s Degree preferred, or current enrollment, in Library and Information Studies, Public Health, and/or related field
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in literature searches and systematic reviews
  • Content knowledge of NSQIP is desirable, but not a requirement
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills, including report writing (white paper, manuscript) and preparation of power point presentations
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access) and reference management software (EndNote, RefWorks, Reference Manager)
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with Directors and other team members, as well as work independently effectively

How to Apply

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

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.