Research Assistant

MED Medicine Department

Competition No.  -    S100644904
Posting Date  -    Apr 12, 2021
Closing Date  -    May 17, 2021
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $50,425 to $68,486 per year
Grade  -    08
Hours  -    35

This competition is open to all applicants however internal candidates and applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months will be given priority consideration before external candidates.

This position has an end date of one year from date of hire and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The Research Assistant will work directly with the principal investigator to coordinate research projects and work as part of a research team.


  • Prepares drafts of design research studies based on project goals for approval by the PI
  • Completes comprehensive literature searches for draft research studies
  • Designs study documents; maintains data collection sheets using electronic database program (RedCap)
  • Works along side PIs to prepare research ethics protocols and applications for submission to research Ethics boards (ARISE)
  • Reviews outpatient charts in EMR system as part of study protocols for inclusive/exclusion criteria
  • Screens outpatient charts in EMR system to determine eligibility for enrolment into studies in accordance with ethics approval
  • Prepares and sends kits to patients as part of study protocol; kits are for stool collection, blood requisitions and questionnaires
  • Administers pre-determined study questionnaires to patients, in person or via telephone
  • Addresses patient concerns and troubleshoots via telephone or in person
  • Coordinates patient in person clinic visits to explain research study to patients and obtain informed consent
  • Develops data analysis using stats software (SPSS)
  • Follows up with patients throughout studies to ensure compliance and coordinates patient visits until completion of study
  • Schedules and organizes weekly meetings with principal investigators to provide an update on project progress
  • Prioritizing tasks to be completed across multiple research projects
  • Works directly with principal investigators to prepare and submit grant proposals for funding
  • Responsible for writing and preparing abstracts to be submitted to academic conferences
  • Prepares manuscripts and other dissemination materials for publication
  • Presents at local meetings, national and international conferences
  • Attends weekly meetings and seminars as required


  • Minimum undergraduate degree in a related field of science
  • 1-2 years of experience in same or similar position
  • Knowledge of electronic databases such as RedCap, ConnectCare, and ARISE
  • Experience using statistical software such as SPSS
  • Experience working in a Clinical/Academic Research environment
  • Computer proficiency with MS office
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Strong interviewing skills
  • Ability to work autonomously with little supervision and within a multidisciplinary research team with students, co-investigators and other independent researchers
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), organization and interpersonal skills
  • Strong judgement and problem solving skills

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.