Research Asst/Tech 3

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 3

Business Title:
Research Asst/Tech 3

Faculty of Medicine

Infectious Diseases Division

Salary Range:
$45,035.00 (minimum) - $49,112.00 (midpoint) - $53,190.00 (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

The Research Assistant / Analyst will work alongside the Principal Investigator, Research Manager and members of the mHealth Implementation Science Project team and provide support in carrying out the research deliverables and to ensure scale-up and continuation of the global research projects exploring the use of mobile phones for engagement in care. This study is located in Kenya and Rwanda, and as such, supervision and direction will be offered through remote communication. The Research Assistant will also work to facilitate focus group discussions with key stakeholders involved in various trials of WelTel globally in order to assess the facilitators and barriers to its effective use and scale in various global settings. Specifically, the position will entail all data collection and analysis of the WelTel Kenya projects in partnership with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), as well as a finalization and submission of a manuscript for publication. This position requires an individual capable of travel and completing work abroad with minimal supervision, and a high degree of initiative and independence.

Organizational Status

  • Reports directly to the Principle Investigator and has a direct working relationship with the mHealth Implementation Science Research Coordinator
  • Interacts and works closely with the students, researchers and staff members of the mHealth Research Group and Amref Health Africa, our partners in Africa
  • Maintains contact with other collaborating partners and organizations, as required
Work Performed

The incumbent will provide research co-ordination for the Kenya WelTel projects. Activities include:
  • Work with hospital and research staff to establish the protocols needed to integrate the WelTel intervention into existing work flows
  • Preparation of study-related information packages - organizing and printing documents and circulating to co-investigators and other stakeholders;
  • Data collection activities, including data entry (inputting data into database, organizing and filing data collection tools), quality control (checking to ensure study questionnaires have been completed, alerting the manager if follow up is required,); data verification (cross checking completed data collection tools with participant list), approaching participants about conducting interviews
  • Assists with maintaining research-related records and databases
  • Performs data analyses
  • Performs literature searches, including retrieving articles and summarizing findings
  • Ensures project is conducted in accordance with procedures outlined in approved application to the Behavioural and Clinical Research Ethics Board at UBC;
  • Acting as the contact point for potential collaborations with community partner organizations, NGOs, governmental and other agencies
  • Responds to study-related phone calls, emails and in-person inquiries from staff / supervisors and provides relevant information;
  • Provides general assistance with manuscript, conference presentation, and grant application preparation
  • Collaborates with partners, NGOs, and other organizations on research-related tasks
  • Carries out other related duties as required
  • WelTel Kenya Focus Groups Project:
o Facilitate and analyze patient post-use questionnaires
o Collect and analyze text-message data to identify key themes and narratives
o Lead development of a manuscript for submission to journals for publication
  • WelTel "Evidence to Action" Implementation Science Project:
o Leadership of focus groups for key stakeholders involved in the use and scale of WelTel for the "Evidence to Action" implementation science research project
o Facilitation of data collection and analysis to retroactively describe discussion themes and narratives
o Assist in the creation and coordination of the Modified Consolidated Framework for Implementation Science (mCFIR) tool.
o Prepare an end of project report/manuscript in line with the mCFIR guidelines for the Kenya and Rwanda sessions. Assist in the overall mCFIR publication in collaboration with other implementation science tool users.

Supervision Received

Works independently with minimum supervision under the general managerial direction of the PI. Work is reviewed in terms of effectiveness within established policies and guidelines.

Supervision Given

May have supervisory responsibilities for Research Assistants of the Implementation Science Team, including performance evaluations.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

  • Studies may be jeopardized if not conducted according to ethical requirements as laid out by the University and by regulatory authorities
  • Study files must be kept secured to ensure that patient confidentiality is not compromised
  • An error within the realm of a research study may result in biased or incomplete data and skewed study results

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Graduate 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. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong administrative and data entry skills. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail. High degree of sensitivity and discretion required Strong facilitation skills Ability to be thorough, accurate, and have a high level of attention to detail. Ability to compose correspondence, reports, presentations, and other written materials using clear concise business English. Ability to create and accurately maintain record and filing systems. Ability to effectively use Microsoft Suite and Accounting Software at an intermediate level (e.g., Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, Powerpoint, Access, SPSS, Quick Books, etc.). Ability to take and transcribe and report accurate meeting minutes. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

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.