Research Assistant, CART

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 Assistant, CART

Faculty of Medicine

Family Practice

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

Full/Part Time:

Desired Start Date:

Job End Date:
Possibility of Extension:


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.

Job Summary

The Research Assistant will play an active role in facilitating the development of a Canadian Abortion Provider Survey (CAPS), approximately 0.6 FTE, in addition to supporting the research operation of the Contraception and Abortion Research Team (CART) office, approximately 0.4 FTE.

For the CAPS research project, the Research Assistant will assist with implementing the study from coordinating investigator meetings to finalizing the survey development, assisting investigators to arrange pilot testing and associated data analysis and survey revisions, and to manage survey distribution. The Research Assistant will contribute to data collection, and support investigators with conducting analysis, knowledge translation activities, and manuscript writing. The Research Assistant will work closely with the UBC Contraception & Abortion Research Team (CART) and relevant stakeholders and partners to support all aspects of the conduct of the research project.

Supporting the research operation of CART will involve facilitating communication with team members and knowledge user partners, assisting the team with literature reviews and use of bibliographic software, supporting a range of team research projects through assisting with coordination of provincial and national research meetings, focus group, and pilot testing meetings, assisting the Research Manager to ensure accurate financial reporting for all grant and research activities, and supporting investigator teams for grant application submission processes.

This position requires a high level of independence, interpersonal skills, and either pre-existing knowledge about the latest abortion policies and service provider guidelines or willingness to learn about them. The position also requires great attention to detail and basic knowledge of UBC administrative policies, and willingness to adapt to changing procedures and policies.

Organizational Status

The Contraception and Abortion Research Team (CART) is situated at the BC Women's Hospital Research Institute (WHRI) and belongs to the UBC Department of Family Practice. Led by Dr. Wendy Norman, CART is a national, interdisciplinary and collaborative research team that conducts research to inform key stakeholders on policies and services impacting family planning and women's health. CART has multiple active grant-funded research projects, one of which is the CIHR-funded Canadian medical and surgical Abortion Provider Survey (CAPS). Dr. Regina Renner is the nominated principal investigator of the CAPS project.

Work Performed

The nature of the research to be undertaken under direction of the faculty investigators, includes:

  • Assisting with running the REDCap version of the survey instrument.
  • Coordinating piloting among co-investigators and content experts.
  • Assisting investigators to revise survey instrument based on pilot results.
  • Coordinating finalized national survey distribution across Canada.
  • Engaging with a multidisciplinary team of coinvestigators and collaborators in order to optimize our recruitment across Canada and across multiple healthcare professional groups including physicians, nurses, and midwives.
  • Coordinating regular co-investigator meetings.
  • Supporting the evaluation of integrated knowledge translation interactions with knowledge users and stakeholders, and any associated health system improvements during the project.
  • Facilitating presenting findings at local, national and international meetings where relevant.
  • Assisting with preparing communication materials for community members and other stakeholders as the project unfolds.
  • Supporting research meetings by performing duties such as coordinating schedules, booking rooms, setting up videoconferencing facilities, and taking and preparing minutes.
  • Making travel arrangements for meeting participants.
  • Assisting the CART Research Manager in preparing requisitions for payment, travel claims, and credit card payments, and updating account tracking logs and other required documentation for active research projects.
  • Assisting with research grant application activities, such as preparing grant application packages, updating investigators' CVs, and collecting required documents from investigators.
  • Coordinating Dr. Norman's schedule and regularly updating her CV.
  • Performing other related duties as per Drs. Renner and Norman.
Supervision Received

The incumbent is required to use a high degree of initiative and professional judgement in carrying out responsibilities. Dr. Regina Renner, Dr. Wendy Norman, and the CART Research Manager will supervise the Research Assistant and will provide resources to support the Research Assistant's research activities.

Supervision Given

The incumbent may have supervisory responsibilities for directly related projects, training and supervising research assistants, students, and volunteers involved locally in the project as needed.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The Research Assistant is responsible for engaging with stakeholders such as health care providers performing abortion services in a culturally sensitive and respectful manner. This position requires working effectively within an organizational structure and involves a high degree of self-direction, the ability to work to tight timelines, and strong interpersonal skills. Poor decisions and errors in judgment could result in delayed completion of projects or inappropriate planning, result in financial loss, and damage the reputation of the Contraception and Abortion Research Team (CART), the Faculty of Medicine, and the University of British Columbia.

The Research Assistant must exercise cultural sensitivity, patience, good will, tact, judgment, and discretion in working with various stakeholders and collaborating with internal and external agencies. Knowledge and sensitivity to issues is required.

The Research Assistant is expected to communicate with staff, research investigators, and community/external agencies. Errors in decision-making may compromise the reputation of CART and key investigators.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Being currently enrolled in a post-secondary program in a relevant discipline is preferred. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Research experience in any of the fields of Social / Health Sciences, Gender and Healthcare, and or policy. Keen interest in abortion research. Previous work experience with survey development and analysis. Knowledge of research/evaluation methodology. Experience in an academic, research or health care environment. Experience building, and working within, collaborative environments. Computer experience and competency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Endnotes. Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods and qualitative data analysis (e.g. NVIVO, REDCap) will be an asset. Excellent command of the English language with a strong ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to compose correspondence using clear concise business English. Ability to communicate information in a way that is understandable to a broad audience. Ability to multi-task, set priorities, time-manage, and problem-solve. Ability to identify problems early and elevate issues as appropriate. Proven skills in project management. High degree of thoroughness, accuracy, and attention to detail. Ability to review and summarize literature and information from various sources. Ability to exercise tact and discretion. Ability to exercise sound judgment. Ability to anticipate problems and issues and to plan ahead. Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment. Ability to work independently and demonstrate high level of initiative and self-directedness.

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.