Research Assistant

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (26 days ago)

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Closing date is Thursday 01/23/20
NOTE: Job is Part-Time (53%)
Classification is Research Assistant/Tech 2
Job Summary
The Research Assistant supports Dr. Erica Frank with her Canada Research Chair activities. The focus of this position will be grant and manuscript writing and editing, and other communications (70%), as well as general research support (30%).
Organizational Status
The incumbent reports to the Principal Investigator (Dr. Erica Frank), who is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, which is part of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). This position fosters teamwork and works cooperatively and effectively with others to enhance organizational effectiveness. This position reports to the School's Senior Administrator or her designate regarding human resources issues and School policies and procedures.
The employee will have space to work in the School of Population and Public Health Building located at 2206 East Mall at the Point Grey campus of UBC. Hours of work are flexible.
Work Performed
The Research Assistant is responsible for the following, in the context of a global team that primarily researches the effects of the world's first provider of free, accredited, higher education, as well as performing other work in mass media, sustainability, and other determinants of health:
- Coordinate the production of manuscripts, reports, institutional review board documents, research grant applications, abstracts for presentation at conferences and other documents that comply with the research agenda. This includes writing, editing and proofreading project documents.
- Coordinate the submission of grant applications and liaise with different stakeholders to ensure the application process is clear and that team members are made aware of due dates.
- Conduct literature searches to research online learning; this includes identifying and collecting relevant documents.
- Perform(s) basic data analysis
- Assist research students and other trainees working with their manuscripts and basic data analysis
- Coordinate research team meetings and other research activities including the arranging of conference and travel arrangements for the team.
- Coordinate financial responsibilities of the PI, including but not limited to the coordination of grant money
- Conduct other general research duties as required
Supervision Received
Receives instructions during orientation and on subsequent new assignments or changes in procedures. Works highly independently under the general supervision of PI. Incumbent takes initiative and exercises sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility. Initiates and follows up from brief instructions.
Supervision Given
May be required to supervise work-study students.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
Failure to maintain consistent and reliable communication between project team members may result in delay or quality of research activity, which in turn might impact international health, work quality, funding, and the reputation of SPPH and UBC.
High School graduation. Master's degree in Public Health preferred. Minimum of 2 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with the following is preferred: research experience including grant writing, academic writing, literature searches; knowledge of and experience with public health projects. Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office suite at an intermediate level, including data analysis and display, and ability to use other basic data analytic programs. Ability to navigate the Internet for the purposes of research. Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to take initiative and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility and to initiate and follow up actions from brief instructions. Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and effectively resolve. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with PI, project managers, staff, volunteers, and other parties as required.
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.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $22,779.00 to $27,144.00 /year

Pay may depend on skills and/or qualifications


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