Research Associate

Western University - London, ON (30+ days ago)

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Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 37.5

Salary Grade: Technical Level 8

Please note, this is a wholly grant-funded temporary full-time contract opportunity, with an expected end date of August 2022.

About Western

With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.

About Us

The Robarts Research Institute within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University has made its mission to accelerate medical discovery. Through a powerful integration of basic and clinical research, we are driving major advances that impact on many of today's most devastating diseases.

The research group led by Dr. Timothy Scholl aims to undertake a clinical research study involving men with biopsy-proven prostate cancer who consent to a panel of imaging protocols involving MRI and PET prior to surgical removal of their prostate. These prostates will be retrieved from the surgeons and have fiducial markers prior to ex-vivo MRI followed by whole-mount histology. Histology sections will be co-registered with in-vivo imaging data to compare findings on MRI and PET the lesions characterized under the microscope as the ground truth.


The Research Associate will apply his or her expertise and knowledge to research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator (or a Co-Investigator), and will carry out or oversee original and independent research to assist them in achieving their research outcomes involving providing support for post-surgical histopathology of prostate cancer, including specimen preparation, lesion characterization and co-registration of histology and imaging data. The incumbent will play a lead role in training staff, graduate students, undergraduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and in resolving issues that arise in the research environment. The incumbent will have developed an independent research portfolio and will support and operationalize new and innovative research opportunities, develop research and project plans, and design, build and run experiments. The Research Associate will evaluate and interpret experimental results, develop models or correlations, and prepare reports and other written material for presentations and submissions to various stakeholders as required.


  • Master’s Degree in Pathology or related field; PhD is preferred
  • 5 years of related job experience
  • Experience in a related academic research environment with experience in microscopy, working with MRI samples, and with an independently developed research portfolio
  • Research experience and expertise in collecting of surgical specimens, fiducial marking of prostates after surgery, ex-vivo magnetic resonance imaging of prostate specimens, preparation of whole-mount prostate sections and grading of prostate lesions
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Familiarity with regulations and guidelines governing research ethics in an academic environment and with best practices for reviewing and writing grant proposals
  • In depth knowledge with methods for research design, implementation, and analysis
  • Familiarity with techniques for updating, managing and extracting data from a research database
  • Ability to collaborate across internal and external boundaries to meet common objectives, improve outcomes and support work beyond one's own unit
  • Communication skills to describe technical concepts effectively to both novice and sophisticated users and with an ability to complete detailed analytics and reports
  • Ability to work in a manner that models best practices in confidentiality standards
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to function and process information with high levels of accuracy
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain an organized and effective personal work environment
  • Ability to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate the University’s events and activities
  • Ability to provide guidance, support and feedback in a way that is positively received
  • Results-oriented with the ability to motivate and coach employees to meet high performance standards, while working effectively as a member of the leadership team
  • Ability to investigate defined issues, solicit input, and suggest remedies and alternative approaches that meet the needs of the situation
  • Proven ability and natural inclination to develop relationships by interacting with people in a professional, respectful and diplomatic manner
  • Ability to interpret and identify key results from research and to succinctly summarize research findings
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals
  • Ability to adhere to legislated safety requirements and Western safety policies
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of relevant scientific/research principles
  • Advanced skills in software and applications used to produce and analyze research outcomes including familiarity with image registration software (particularly Slicer)
  • Demonstrated ability to research/investigate issues and resolve problems
  • Familiarity with University policies and procedures preferred
Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.