Research Associate

University of Saskatchewan - Saskatoon, SK (27 days ago)

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Research Associate (req4992)

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: Family Medicine (Saskatoon)
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Term, up to 24 months, with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent
Employment Group: ASPA
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $79,448.00 - 132,331.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 3). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date: 9/17/2019
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings: 1

Primary Purpose: To enhance research capacity, acquisition of research and evaluation skills and the completion of research endeavours being undertaken in, with and by the Department of Academic Family Medicine.

Nature of Work: Located in Saskatoon, SK at the West Winds Primary Health Centre in the Department of Academic Family Medicine; Reporting to the Director, Research Division for the Department of Academic Family Medicine, this position is a key member of the Research Division and is responsible for facilitating research and other scholarly activities in and with the Department in the central and northern portion of Saskatchewan. Regular travel across the central and northern portion of the Province is required.

This position will provide practical advice on research methods, design, analysis, interpretation and writing; co-develop and support faculty/staff, residents (Core and Enhanced Skills) and undergraduate medical students with all aspects of scholarship/research processes including applications for research ethics. The position will also identify opportunities for research initiatives and funding which support the Department’s strategic goals. This individual will ensure that the resources necessary to facilitate the continuum of research/scholarly activities are made available to faculty/staff, residents and undergraduate students as appropriate. This position requires collaborative, participatory and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and scholarly activities e.g. quality improvement (QI), evaluation and research (inclusive of Indigenous, person-oriented and community-based approaches). This is a high volume position and requires the ability to work independently and under pressure in a fast paced environment, balancing competing deadlines and multiple tasks.

The incumbent will demonstrate a high level of diplomacy and professionalism while contributing to achieving Departmental, College and Institutional Strategic Directions. This position will work to ensure respectful and ethical approaches to scholarship/research while at the same time maintaining a positive environment within the Department of Academic Family Medicine, University of Saskatchewan and throughout the province.

Typical Duties or Accountabilities:
Develop and establish priorities and objectives in collaboration with the team in the Research Division for research/scholarly work within the Department of Academic Family Medicine.
Working with the Director, Research Division ensure research activities and initiatives are aligned with the strategic priorities and goals of the Department, College and University.
Increase quality improvement, research and publication productivity with faculty, staff, residents and undergraduate medical students engaged in family medicine and primary healthcare research.
Provide practical advice on co-developing research projects inclusive of design, methods, analysis, interpretation and knowledge exchange utilizing oral/poster presentations and publications.
Advance and integrate research and quality improvement into practice with faculty, staff, residents and undergraduate students.
Network with other family medicine and primary health care researchers within and outside the Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, in the province, in Canada and internationally.
Work collaboratively with the Research Division, Department of Academic Family Medicine; as well as, regional, rural and remote sites in northern Saskatchewan.
Identify opportunities for and assist faculty with preparing grant applications and other internal/external research funding opportunities.
Seek out and secure funding for research projects (industry, academic and Tri-council) in collaboration with academic and clinical partners.
Education: A professional degree and a doctorate in an appropriate area of health sciences (e.g. Family Medicine, Nursing or other Allied Health Professions). Consideration will be given to individuals with similar qualifications and experience. A proven track-record with research activities is essential.

Experience: Comprehensive knowledge of the various processes on the continuum of research which includes both quality improvement and research with the major focus on quantitative and/or mixed-methods analyses. A minimum of five years with demonstrated productivity and contributions to the research environment inclusive of teaching, proposal writing and manuscript writing. Experience working in diverse and inclusive environments is required. Experience with the policies and processes of the University of Saskatchewan is an asset.

Proven ability to work independently and as a member of a team with minimal supervision.
Ability to think strategically with a long term vision.
Demonstrated leadership in research and patient-centred environments.
Proven record of research productivity and patient/community engagement.
Able to carry out the collaborative duties efficiently with strong attention to detail and a focus on the product whether that is a lecture, seminar, co-design of a project, co-engagement in a Research Ethics Application, manuscript, presentation, etc.
Demonstrated ability to engage with faculty, staff, residents and undergraduate medical students in the co-development of and justification of a budget for the project (internal/external) being undertaken.
Ensures compliance with ethical and institutional processes, practices and policies including HIPA which addresses the maintenance of confidentiality within a primary health care setting.
Effective communication skills both verbal and written.
Proven ability to work on multiple projects with competing demands and deadlines.
Flexibility to adapt to ever changing priorities.
Demonstrated productivity e.g. timely completion of co-created resident research projects, manuscripts, etc.
Ability to hold external funding if time permits.
Valid Driver’s License and the ability to travel within the province is a requirement.
Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Vivian Ramsden at

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.