University of Alberta

Research Assistant

Faculty of Nursing

Competition No.  -    S102336384
Posting Date  -    Jun 29, 2018
Closing Date  -    Jul 18, 2018
Hourly Rate  -    $21.49 - $28.60
Grade  -    05
Hours  -    30-40 per wk

This position is located in Calgary, Alberta.

This position has an end date of 12 months from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension. Please note that the hours are 30-40 hours/week, onsite at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

The Research Assistant is responsible for data collection in the project, ePRO Kidney (Electronic patient reported outcomes in clinical kidney practice), at the University of Alberta. The goal of this project is to learn how to support healthcare professionals to routinely use this ePRO information to inform home dialysis patient care, and see if this makes a difference in patients’ health, quality of life and satisfaction with care.

Research Assistants will be primarily responsible for recruitment and data collection in a chronic kidney disease out-patient clinic from patients on home dialysis. They will collect survey data, using a tablet,
from patients when they attend their regularly scheduled out-patient appointments. Follow up with patients will take place approximately every 3 months in the clinic, or on-line/phone/mail. Research assistant
responsibilities will also include other duties, identified below, related to data recruitment and collection.

Data collection will occur onsite in the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Out-patient clinic hours may be variable from week to week. The successful candidates must be prepared to work
flexible daytime hours, between 30-40 hours per week.


  • Participates in Research Assistant training in August, 2018
  • Assists with participant recruitment and data collection
  • Maintains strong relationships and communication with home dialysis staff, patients and their family members
  • Confirms clinic schedule
  • Conducts quality assurance activities to maintain data quality standards
  • Follows-up with participants every 3 months in the clinic, or on-line/phone/mail
  • Provides regular shift updates on data collection to research team involved in data collection
  • Attends bi-weekly RA team meetings (currently held online, Fridays, 7-8am)
  • Performs other duties as required


  • Undergraduate degree in a health or social sciences related discipline preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered; minimum High School Diploma
  • Experience in a research setting, working with confidential data and working with health professionals, patients and families
  • Understanding of and/or experience with applied research methods and practices
  • Excellent communication skills and command of English
  • Experience in collecting survey data
  • Proficiency in use of tablet computers
  • Superior interpersonal / relational skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Detail oriented with strong problem-solving and time-management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with limited supervision
  • Experience in other health care settings is an asset

How to Apply

Apply Online

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.