Vancouver - Hospital Site
Technicians & Research Assists
Non Union Research/Technical
Research Asst/Tech 3
Research Asst/Tech 3
Faculty of Medicine
$27,021.00 (minimum) - $29,467.00 (midpoint) - $31,914.00 (maximum)
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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.
We are seeking a highly motivated research assistant for two projects that have a focus on using assistive technology to improve the lives of those living with spinal cord injury, older adults, and caregivers:
1. Improving Self-Management Skills among People with Spinal Cord Injury (Mobile App).
This in-progress mixed methods research project seeks to evaluate the efficacy of an intervention that features the use of a self-management app among community-dwelling individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). By providing individuals with a tool designed to develop self-management skills, the project seeks to improve the quality of life of those living with SCI. Over a 9-12 month period, participants set and modify individual goals and learn to use the app to help meet those goals. Quantitative outcome measures include multiple pre- and post-intervention instruments and the use of goal attainment scaling to measure how well participants met their own goals. Qualitative methods consist of semi-structured interviews with a sub-sample of the participants. Funded by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.
2. Developing novel solutions to assist informal caregivers and their care recipients (INToCARE)
This in-process research project engages informal caregivers in a process to improve existing technologies and develop novel ones to reduce caregiver burden and improve their quality of life. This project aims to identify the specific needs of caregivers, the situations they find most burdensome, and identify preferences and priorities of caregivers for the development of technological solutions to address these areas. This position will focus on the development, implementation, and promotion of a project website, as well as collecting and analysing data created by the website (video describing project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23wUs_u12U4). (Part of the NCE AGEWELL project [INToCARE WP 2.1])
The research assistant will report to the research coordinator and Principal Investigator, Dr. Ben Mortenson. The research assistant will also be responsible for communicating with team members based in BC and QC, Canada and California, United States.
The research assistant will be located at the Rehabilitation Research Lab (http://www.rehabresearchprogram.com/) at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver, BC. The Rehabilitation Research Lab is affiliated with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Medicine, UBC-Vancouver campus. Regular travel is required to visit recruitment and data collection sites in the Lower Mainland.
o Conducts literature reviews utilizing multiple databases and resources
o Attends meetings related to the project, prepare agendas, and take minutes
o Prepares ethics applications and amendments
o Assists with developing reports for funders
o Prepares, composes, edits, and proof-reads documents, such as reports, manuscripts, and scientific communications (including posters and presentations)
o Ensures full compliance with Tri-Council Policy Statement requirements
o Primary responsibility for basic network administration and computing in the RRL for OSOT lab members, including setting up user profiles for new staff, trouble-shooting connection issues, and liaising with the departmental IT administrator to solve computing/networking problems.
o Primary responsibility for the recruitment, scheduling, and tracking of participants. Ensures delivery of interventions and collection of data according to the study timeline
o Primary responsibility for administering quantitative instruments to study participants
o Primary responsibility for training study participants in use of the mobile app and conducting follow-up sessions to ensure they are comfortable using the app and to adjust participants' intervention (goal setting)
o Monitors data collection and entry to ensure data quality
o Facilitates and tracks remuneration of study participants
o Performs analyses of results from assessments and interviews
o Assist with tracking project budget, submitting financial documents, and reconciling accounts.
o Contribute to the creation and implementation of the study website
o Primary responsibility for ongoing administration and maintenance of the study website
o Primary responsibility for developing and implementing a plan to promote caregiver, clinician, and researcher engagement with study website
o Assist with collection and analysis of research data created by interaction with the study website.
Performs other related duties as required.
The research assistant will report directly to the Research Coordinator and / or the Principal Investigator, Dr. Ben Mortenson. The applicant will work as part of a research team, receiving some direct day-to-day supervision, but will also be required to conduct work independently.
The research assistant may supervise more junior student research assistant(s).
Consequence of Error/Judgement
The applicant will be expected to make decisions concerning aspects of research activity and knowledge translation events after seeking input from the research coordinator and / or Principal Investigator. The applicant is expected to understand the ethical principles of research involving human subjects and to adhere to these ethical guidelines. Inappropriate judgement exercised by the incumbent could result in a wastage of time and other resources, breaches of privacy / confidentiality, and negatively impact the reputation of the research team, Rehab Research Lab, ICORD, and university.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. o Undergraduate university degree or currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in a health professions discipline or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. o Ability to work with people of diverse needs
o Excellent problem solving skills
o Excellent interpersonal skills
o Excellent oral and written communication skills
o Experience working with vulnerable populations, such as seniors and individuals with disabilities
o Ability to be self-directed, and to work both independently and within a team environment
o Able to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities
o Training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and experience collecting data.
o Demonstrated ability to carry out research projects
o Knowledge of spinal cord injury and self-management interventions, issues impacting older adults and their caregivers helpful, and / or assistive technology helpful
o Training and / or education and experience in conducting systematic literature reviews, writing in a scientific / academic context, and editing documents.
o Excellent copy editing skills
o Grant writing and reporting experience preferred
o Experience preparing manuscripts for submission and responding to revision requests helpful
o Demonstrated experience with computers and computer software including MS office and reference software.
o Familiarity with SPSS, Qualtrics, and/or NVivo helpful
o Demonstrated experience creating, administering, maintaining, and promoting websites, including experience using WordPress and photo editing software. Experience modifying the back-end code of WordPress sites preferred.
o Basic network administration skills, such as ability to do simple Windows command-line scripting to do tasks such as setting up users, preferred
o Experience with UBC administrative systems, including FMS and HRMS, preferred.
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.