Research Asst/Tech 3

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

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Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Technicians & Research Assists

Job Category:
Non Union Research/Technical

Classification Title:
Research Asst/Tech 3

Business Title:
Research Asst/Tech 3

Faculty of Medicine


Salary Range:
$46,855.00 (minimum) - $51,096.00 (midpoint) - $55,339.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:

Desired Start Date:

Job End Date:
Possibility of Extension:


Funding Type:
Grant Funded

Closing Date:

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

Job Summary

UBC's Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health are internationally recognized academic units that develop and implement cutting edge research, clinical and implementation projects in the field of mental health and substance use. We work closely with decision-makers, the community, and other stakeholders to answer key challenges referred to basic science, clinical practice, health systems, population mental health, and epidemiology. Our goal is to improve delivery of mental health and substance use services to ultimately impact health outcomes of people from BC, Canada, and globally.

This Project is an e-mental health project for University students and will encompass developing a comprehensive online detection and intervention approach to substance use and common mental disorders in university students. We will work in an integrated manner with existing student health services to detect at-risk and affected youth; identify barriers to treatment; facilitate engagement; reduce stress, anxiety and depression; offer support and promote healthy lifestyles; and facilitate risk- management and behavioral change, with the goal of improving mental health and substance use outcomes. The impact of these e-interventions will be evaluated through a randomized controlled trial.

The Research Coordinator will be responsible for performing research, administrative, and coordination work related to the Student e-Mental Health Project, reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI) or to a senior project staff member designated by the PI. They will support the PI's leadership in the design, implementation, execution, and evaluation of research activities and deliverables. Position will be full time, with a 1- year contract, with the possibility of extension.

Organizational Status

The Research Coordinator will be expected to support the research team members in different academic positions including research assistants, students, and volunteers. They will report to the Principal Investigator (PI) or to a senior project staff member designated by the PI.

Work Performed

The Research Coordinator will be expected to conduct the following activities, working together with other Research Assistants (RAs), following the lead of the Principal Investigator:

1) Logistical and administrative activities, including obtaining ethics approval, meeting requirements of UBC, Office of Research, other areas of the Department of Psychiatry; hiring and supervising staff

2) Supporting collaboration and coordination across sites, including scheduling calls, teleconferences, and other activities as needed, with the assistance of the project staff

3) Keeping the project on track and meet the expected milestones, outputs and deliverables, including:
a. research related materials, including manuscripts, reports, and presentations
b. collection and analysis of data
c. management and maintenance of research files and documentation

4) Providing logistical support (booking rooms, distributing agendas, taking meeting minutes, etc.) to team meetings, partnerships with stakeholders, Advisory Committee meetings, Expert consultations, as well as documenting these encounters

5) Writing and editing documents related to study design and implementation, including conducting background research on specific issues (e.g., program evaluation; systematic, scoping, or targeted reviews related to specific disorders and their treatment, etc.)

6) Coordinate and conduct research (e.g., performing literature reviews), manuscripts, reports, presentations and other material related to the project(s)

7) Manage and maintain research files and documentation

8) Other activities related to the research project

Supervision Received

The incumbent will be supervised by the Principal. The Research Coordinator will be expected to work closely with the PI and implement the PI's vision to achieve project goals, adequately balancing seeking direction from the PI on critical matters with self-direction and taking the initiative on day to day operations as a collaborative team member. Teamwork is the backbone of this work. In the event that an overall Project Coordinator is hired, the PI will continue to supervise the Research Coordinator directly, and the Project Coordinator will provide additional supervision on day to day operations. The Research Coordinator must follow established policies, procedures and institutional standards of UBC.

Supervision Given

This position may supervise around ten research staff, students, and volunteers at any given time.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Accountability and responsibility of this position is high. The consequences of errors could include: lost data, financial difficulty, compromised integrity of research, and success of research project.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Graduate degree preferred. Relevant degree includes health or social science. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of two years' demonstrated experience related to research project coordination, management, and administration is preferred. An asset:
  • Scientific writing (including reports, grants, peer reviewed publications)
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative epidemiologic research methods, analysis and study design
  • Experience working in administrative or research capacity at UBC
  • Experience with social media, web development, and e-mental health
  • Applied and academic knowledge of mental health and addictions clinical research
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required. Must be able to handle confidential data with integrity and appropriate respect for privacy. Ability to effectively use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat at an advanced level. Ability to compose correspondence, reports, presentations, and other written materials using clear concise business English. Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet short deadlines. Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities. Ability to be thorough, accurate, and have a high level of attention to detail. Ability to deal with a range of people in a calm, courteous, and effective manner. Ability to effectively lead and plan meetings. Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and effectively resolve. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment. Ability to collaborate with partners from diverse disciplines and partners in health care, academia and the NGO field are critical.

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.