Vancouver - Point Grey Campus
Technicians & Research Assists
Non Union Research/Technical
Research Asst/Tech 3
Research Assistant, CRHR
Faculty of Medicine
$23.09 (minimum) - $25.19 (midpoint) - $27.28 (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 Research Assistant will contribute to two projects at the Centre for Rural Health Research in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. One project is the evaluation of the Rural Surgical Obstetrical Networks (RSON) project. RSON has been funded by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues to stabilize and grow vulnerable rural surgical sites in BC through providing funding for increased scope and volume, local CQI, clinical coaching, and RealPresence technology. The evaluation includes analysis of health outcomes at rural facilities, population health outcomes, network efficacy, and economic costing. All evaluation work will be done through the lens of 'shared measures'; that is, developing relationships with key stakeholder groups to ensure we are evaluating 'the things that matter.'
The second project is writing a chapter for the Family-Centered Maternity and Newborn Care: National Care guidelines, a resource on maternal and newborn health published by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The guidelines are essential for maternity care policy development, implementation, delivery and evaluation in Canada and thus must reflect the best available evidence within a current policy context. The last update to the guidelines occurred in 2000. Since then, most regions in Canada have undergone regionalization of health care services, many jurisdictions have implemented regulated midwifery and the national caesarean section rate has risen dramatically. Given these influences, it is essential that the PHAC review and update current guidelines to better respond to the evolving health service delivery context.
The Research Assistant will work with the larger team and under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI) and Evaluation Coordinator to implement the RSON evaluation and to update the National Care Guidelines. This position requires a dynamic and motivated individual who is passionate about health service evaluation, rural health care (specifically obstetrical and surgical care), maternity care, and health care improvement. The work environment will be fast-paced with the opportunity to influence surgical service delivery in BC and maternity care guidelines nationally.
The Research Assistant will be housed at the Centre for Rural Health Research (CRHR), Department of Family Practice at UBC. CRHR is a clearing-house for academic and community-based researchers, policy makers, administrators and other key stakeholders working together to produce evidence to inform policy to sustain rural health care. The RSON evaluation is funded by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues. The Family-Centered Maternity and Newborn Care: National Care Guidelines project is funded by PHAC. CRHR is part of the Department of Family Practice, UBC and currently supports other SPOR and JSC project staff.
For the RSON evaluation, the Research Assistant will be responsible for:
- Reviewing and synthesizing existing literature to inform methods, data collection tools, etc.;
- Helping with the preparation of the administrative evaluation protocol, ethics application and data requests;
- Contributing to ongoing quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis;
- Checking the quality of interview and focus group transcripts and using NVivo software to code the data;
- Cleaning, managing, and analyzing quantitative data (using Microsoft Excel and statistical software);
- Developing and implementing strategies to recruit research participants;
- Completing administrative tasks (e.g., organizing field visits);
- Aiding with knowledge translation and communication materials (e.g., reports, journal articles);
- Contributing to weekly evaluation team meetings;
- Presenting/sharing evaluation work with the larger RSON team.
For the National Guidelines chapter, the Research Assistant will be responsible for:
- Working with the Principal Investigator to define the subject and scope of the literature review, e.g., search terms, selection criteria;
- Using electronic search engines (e.g., PubMed) and other tools to find relevant articles, policies, frameworks, etc.;
- Reading and evaluating relevant works to determine their suitability to the topic area;
- Summarizing relevant content and managing/organizing relevant material
- Assisting with drafting the chapter and incorporating feedback from the writing group and Oversight Committee;
- Maintaining a database of references.
All duties and responsibilities shall be carried out under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Evaluation Coordinator. Performance of assigned duties and responsibilities shall be subject to evaluation by your supervisors.
The Research Assistant is not responsible for supervising other staff.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
The Research Assistant is responsible for contributing to RSON evaluation activities and maternity and newborn national guidelines in collaboration with members of the CRHR team. This position requires working effectively within an organizational structure and involves a high degree of self-direction, the ability to work to tight timelines, and strong interpersonal skills. Poor decisions and errors in judgment could result in delayed completion of projects or inappropriate planning, result in financial loss, and damage the reputation of the Centre for Rural Health Research, the Faculty of Medicine, and the University of British Columbia. In addition, the impact, if an error occurred, would be misinterpretation of results in information disseminated to decision-makers, the public, and academic audiences. The consequences could lead to inappropriate policy and decision-making related to rural surgical and obstetrical services or maternity and newborn care.
The Research Assistant must exercise good will, tact, judgment, and discretion in working with various senior professionals and collaborating with internal and external agencies. Knowledge and sensitivity to issues is required.
The Research Assistant is expected to communicate with internal senior administration, staff, research investigators, and community/external agencies. Errors in decision-making may compromise the reputation of the RSON evaluation project/the key investigators.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in health service research and evaluation; Experience in qualitative and quantitative research/evaluation methods; Knowledge of research/evaluation methodology, including literature reviews; Familiarity with rural health services, specifically maternity and surgical services and understanding of the provincial health systems framework (e.g. legislative mandate, confidentiality & privacy, ethics); Experience in an academic, research or health care environment; Experience building and working within collaborative environments;. Computer experience and competency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel, data analysis software (e.g., SPSS, NVivo), and reference management software (e.g., RefWorks); Excellent command of the English language with a strong ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; Ability to compose correspondence, reports, presentations, and other written materials using clear concise business English; Effective presentation skills and ability to communicate information in a way that is understandable to a broad audience; Proven ability to innovate, and think broadly and critically; Ability to review, critique, and synthesize literature and information from various sources; High degree of thoroughness, accuracy, and attention to detail; Ability to exercise tact and discretion; Ability to exercise sound judgment. Ability to anticipate problems and issues and to plan ahead; Ability to work independently and demonstrate high level of initiative and self-directedness; Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.
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.