Vancouver - Point Grey Campus
Technicians & Research Assists
Non Union Research/Technical
Research Asst/Tech 4
Research Asst/Tech 4
Faculty of Medicine
$51,549.00 (minimum) - $56,049.00 (midpoint) - $60,550.00 (maximum)
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This position is expected to be filled by promotion/reassignment and is included here to inform you of its vacancy at the University.
The primary focus of the Research Technician is to provide support to Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose's Aging, Mobility, and Cognition (AMC) Lab. Coordinator in the planning and coordinating of all research activities, including financial management, in the AMC Lab. The AMC Lab functions under the umbrella of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, and the Department of Physical Therapy.
This will involve developing systems and procedures that will ensure optimum usage of both the Department and Centre's resources and in decision-making situations involving the coordination of research activities.
Reports directly to the program Director and Principal Investigator (Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose).
Duties below are all under the supervision of Teresa Liu-Ambrose
- Act as the contact person for the AMC and filed all queries made to the AMC lab
- Coordinates randomized controlled trials with efficiency and quality, including development of Standard of Procedures (SOPs)
- Oversees day to day budget use, invoice payments, as well as assisting in creating budget projections with Dr Liu-Ambrose; maximize use of resources
- Coordinates time lines on deadline driven research projects
- Coordinates training & project teams for specific projects
- Data collection for various research projects, and acquire new skills to facilitate data collection
- Recruit older adults with diverse chronic conditions and comorbidities for studies related to the promotion of healthy aging. This includes giving information sessions in the Greater Vancouver community
- Liaises with research participants to develop and maintain relationships
- Liaises with community partners and organizations to develop and maintain relationships for the purpose of participant recruitment and knowledge translation
- Creating and managing analytical data research files using specialized programs
- Responsible for data integrity, daily storage, and use among research team members
- Archiving of databases as well as archiving hard copies of consent forms and data files
- Works with Dr Liu-Ambrose with data analysis and interpretation of data
- Interviews on behalf of the AMC for student volunteers and other personnel and provides recommendations to Dr Liu-Ambrose
- Supervises and trains other Research Technicians I, II and III
- Supervises collection of data & measurement team to ensure data quality
- Supervises and trains volunteers, part time, and contractual research staff for specific tasks
- Contribute to the monitoring and tracking the performance of staff and volunteers
- Assures lab safety & ensures safety procedures are followed
- Perform literature searches and synthesis, prepare and manage ethics applications, and obtain informed consent according to best practice
- Assists with grant writing, including CV preparation, and ongoing communication with co-investigators
- Develops brochures and materials required for research, including seminars and conferences
- Performs other related duties as assigned
Works independently in consultation with the Director of the AMC research program
Responsible for supervising volunteers, measurements staff, and research assistants
Responsible for ensuring the safety of research participants
Consequence of Error/Judgement
Inappropriate judgement would compromise the quality of research studies and related data acquisition and the reporting of research outcomes.
Poor financial decisions would affect the ability of the Unit to manage its resources effectively that would result in research projects being delayed or cancelled altogether.
Inappropriate judgement would compromise research success and affect the credibility of the Principal Investigator and the overall research program.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. - University degree in a relevant discipline plus a minimum of four years of experience or related experience in a university health research laboratory that focuses on healthy aging, with specific and demonstrated expertise in the areas of falls prevention, psychology, and brain health or an equivalent combination of work and experience. Minimum of 4 years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. - Must have had direct working experience (i.e., frequent in-person contacts) with older adults with cognitive or physical impairment. Must be an excellent communicator (verbal and written).
- Individual must also have direct and demonstrated experience and excellence in coordinating randomized controlled trials of exercise in older adults.
- Strong preference will be given to those who have demonstrated experience in the assessment of falls risk, mobility, and neuropsychological testing across a diverse population of older adults. Excellent knowledge of age-related changes in physical and cognitive abilities. Excellent knowledge of conditions such as chronic stroke, mild cognitive impairment, and different types of dementias. Excellent knowledge of exercise prescription for older adults to improve cognitive and physical outcomes with minimal risk and maximum benefit. Excellent ability to manage budgets and resources for multi-year projects, and a good understanding of the UBC Finance structure. Perform comprehensive library searches effectively.
Synthesize literature findings effectively and concisely. Technical proficiency using various word processing software, spreadsheet programs, presentation software, data bases and Internet. Specifically, must have excellent proficiency with Redcap, Excel, and Filemaker. Laboratory maintenance and development experience. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent organizational skills including ability to manage multiple tasks. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines. Discretion, tact and confidentiality. Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment. Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.