Research Asst/Tech 2

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Job ID:

Vancouver - Hospital Site

Employment Group:
Technicians & Research Assists

Job Category:
Non Union Research/Technical

Classification Title:
Research Asst/Tech 2

Business Title:
Research Asst/Tech 2

Faculty of Medicine


Salary Range:
$22.79 (minimum) - $24.97 (midpoint) - $27.16 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:

Desired Start Date:

Job End Date:

Funding Type:
Grant Funded

Closing Date:

Available Openings:

Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

This position is expected to be filled by promotion/reassignment and is included here to inform you of its vacancy at the University.

Job Summary

Conducts a wide range of tasks that relate to clinical research fieldwork, data handling and/or the laboratory.

Organizational Status

The position reports to the Field Coordinator, Data Coordinator, and Lab Manager.

May work in an office shared with other VEC staff. The work encourages frequent moving around and occasional lifting of boxes up to 10 kg. Wet or dry laboratory setting, possibly working with materials which require specific biohazard safety course (environment may require procedures utilizing bio hazardous materials). Will work at offsite clinics and be available to conduct evening telephone-related work.

Work Performed

This includes work at the RA/Tech 1 level as well as:
  • Processes blood samples and performs duties to facilitate storage of the samples under the supervision of the Tech 2 and/or Lab Manager.
  • The processing of the samples involves placing the blood tube in the centrifuge, spinning it down, pipetting the sera into aliquots and freezing according to set guidelines and procedures.
  • Under the supervision of the laboratory manager will prepare routine buffers and other supplies for processing.
  • Transports blood from the field to the lab.
  • Prepares clinic/home visit supplies and documents as per procedures.
  • Prepares source documents for study participation following predetermined guidelines for necessary documents.
  • Preparation of mail-outs for recruitment and other such related activities following established procedures.
  • Enters data into computer programs, according to Data Entry User's Standard of Practise.
  • Performs sorting, scanning, documenting and general preparation of documents and files for long term storage.
  • Maintains documentation of records to explain the process utilized for sorting and storage.
  • Obtains and files study documents as necessary.
  • General clerical tasks of photocopying, mail collection, etc. as deemed necessary.
  • Other tasks as required facilitating the preparation for, execution of and closeout of clinical trials.
  • This involves telephoning participants and arranging appointments for clinic or home visit.
  • May involve amalgamating visits for several studies into one schedule.
  • Performs phone follow-ups collecting post-immunization reaction data and necessary documentation.
  • Requires asking pre-set questions about solicited and unsolicited information following immunization but it requires complete understanding of protocol and judgement.
  • Brings to the attention of the coordinator any reactions, side effects, or unusual circumstances.
  • Conducts a variety of tasks in offsite clinics such as receptionist, greeter, data collector, crowd control or other related duties as deemed necessary in the course of conducting a clinical trial.
  • Cross references the source document numbers at the end of the clinic to ensure all are accounted for.
  • Alters variables on the computer tracking program under the supervision of the coordinator.
  • Tracks incoming diaries and performs callbacks for missing diaries and missing information at pre-set time intervals.
  • Under minimal supervision of the source document handler creates and modifies source documents for use in industry and grant funded projects with specialized pagemaker software.
  • Ensures that case report forms (CRFs) from individual studies move at appropriate intervals to data and to final long-term storage.
  • Performs data clean up filters.
  • Prepares the data entry computers by loading on the new database.
  • Prepares documents for long term storage.
  • Conducts supply and vaccine inventory.
  • Monitors vaccine fridge log and temperature control chart.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Works on more than 2 projects at a time.
  • Develops standardized procedures for activities that research assistants perform within the unit.
Supervision Received

Study-related activities are assigned by the Study Coordinator or Investigator(s), data activities by the Data Coordinator. Routine work does not require daily supervision but the end result is checked by the specific coordinator. Supervision comes from the project coordinators or data coordinator.

Supervision Given

Provides technical guidance to other project team members. Supervises research non union tech 1s within the unit

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Duties are performed according to operating procedures and VEC policies. Decisions are made for the tasks at hand as related to the job. Non-routine decisions are made with consultation of the project coordinator. Make basic routine decisions. Consequences of error could result in delays, possible loss of funding, or impact the integrity of a study.


High School graduation. High School Graduate with additional training of a technical nature in health care or sciences (BSc. is preferred). Minimum of 2 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum two years experience in clinical trials with preference for the vaccine field and understanding of vaccines is expected from the individual. Ability to effectively use word processing software and database software. Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities. Ability to communicate effectively in writing. Ability to communicate effectively verbally. Ability to work in a team environment. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

All positions in the Department of Pediatrics at BC Children's Hospital require a Criminal Record Check (CRC). A pre-employment CRC is required as part of the recruitment process and any offer of employment is contingent pending positive results of the CRC.

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.