Research Associate

Medicine Department

Competition No.  -    A100644603D1
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Working with Dr. Cherry, the Research Associate will be deputy director of the research group, on two major projects, one on exposure and health in wildland firefighters, the other on the health of healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Research Associate will be charged with the management of fieldwork personnel and with negotiations and arrangements with the wildland branch and with the laboratories analyzing biological, clinical and environmental samples, for both the wildly and Covid-19 projects. The Research Associate appointed will report to the PI but will have considerable latitude to make decisions about the procedures and processes adopted and the deployment of staff. The Research Associate will design and conduct the analysis of the data collected, using advanced statistical modeling as appropriate.

The Research Associate will:

  • Lead the wildland research project in accordance with the protocol developed in consultation with the PI
  • Design and conduct research that entails gathering, modeling and analysis of environmental/occupational exposure data and their relation to health outcomes
  • Organizes the collection and analysis of these data through questionnaires on the Qualtrics platform, liaising with clinical laboratories and fieldwork to collect biological and environmental samples from firefighters
  • Finds ways to meet objectives, which are sometimes dynamic, set out by the PI and collaborators
  • Troubleshoots issues that arise during research activities, such as protocol changes with laboratories, malfunctioning equipment in the field, technical issues in record linkage
  • Writes research papers and assists in writing grant reports and proposals
  • Presents results internally as well as externally at conferences nationally and internationally (at least every 6 months)
  • Liaises with off-campus and on-campus partners
  • Oversees the laboratory activities where applicable
  • In the PI's absence, manage day to day operations for both the Covid-19 and wildland research projects


  • PhD in epidemiology or related field with a strong understanding of biostatistics
  • Experience handling biological and environment sample
  • Experience managing staff and logistics, traveling to remote forest areas and working long hours, in the field, at forest fires for several days at a time
  • A high level of sophistication in modeling exposure and outcome data, including the development of algorithms for the estimation of exposures
  • Strong experience of data management including the use of SPSS and other databases to document the progress of a complex project
  • Experience in initiating new surveys through Qualtrics would be an important asset for the Covid-19 project
  • Experience managing research budgets and budget control
  • Capacity to work with interprovincial research teams and assign support as needed to achieve joint objectives

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this full time (FTE 1.0) position has a term length of one year, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $58,210 - $80,050. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

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

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.