J0122-0139 - Research Assistant

Queen's University


February 3, 2022


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Competition Number: J0122-0139

Position Title: Research Assistant

Employee Group: Research, Grant & Contract

Job Category: Research

Department or Area: Family Medicine

Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Salary: $49,090.00/Year

Grade: 06

Hours per Week: 17.5

Job Type: Term

Length of term: 13 months

Shift: 3.5 Day

Number Of Positions: 1

Date Posted: January 20, 2022

Closing Date: February 3, 2022

Additional Information:

Salary of $49,090 will be pro-rated to an actual salary of $24,545 based on working 17.5 hours per week.

COVID 19 On-Campus Requirements

The Queen's University Policy Regarding Mandatory Vaccination Requirements for In-person University Activities requires ALL Community Members, including employees, to be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to participating in any In-person University Activities. This is a condition of employment for all employees who are required to attend University Property to perform their employment responsibilities. Individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to substantiated grounds (medical and other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code) may ask the University to validate the exemption and request an accommodation for these rare circumstances. If approved, they will be subject to additional health and safety measures.

About Queen's University

Queen's University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience. Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting. We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more.

We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society.

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Job Summary

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant will assist with the management and ongoing operation of studies under the guidance of the Principal Investigator and co-investigators in the Department of Family Medicine. The incumbent will perform a wide array of duties within the Department including: recruiting research participants, managing data, support in the preparation of grant proposals and ethics applications. The incumbent will also be responsible for screening, enrollment, obtaining consents, collection of relevant data, completion of case report forms and liaison with industry partners and interaction with other health care professionals.

Job Description

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: • Communicate and closely work with the Principal Investigator for the conduct and close out of studies. • Schedule, recruit and follow up with patients for the duration of the research studies assigned to the applicant. This includes confirming that the requirements for enrollment are met, that eligibility criteria are all present and none of the exclusion criteria are present. Obtain consent from the patient or surrogate. • In studies that require study participant blood samples, the applicant will perform venipuncture to obtain the required samples and handle them for processing or distribution to the core laboratory as required. • Conduct patient follow-up as required including but not limited to: telephone and clinic interviews/assessments, case report form completion and data collection. • Coordinate the requirements for the conduct of each trial assigned to the applicant including but not limited to: ensuring that protocols are followed, organization of meetings with stakeholders and participants, and coordination of multi-site research participation/study conduct. • The incumbent will interact with the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board (HSREB) including HSREB submissions, reporting of adverse events, protocol amendments and other study related events. • Prepare draft protocols as required by the Principal Investigator along with creating procedural manuals. • Establish and manage databases, enter data into electronic spreadsheets and modify layout, as needed. • Undertake other duties or special projects as required in support of the department.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor's Degree in a health-related field or equivalent combination of education and experience in a research setting (Para-medical or nursing background preferred). • Experience in a research environment considered an asset. • Experience in venipuncture or willingness to be trained to perform phlebotomy, is required. • Computer skills including MS Word, MS Excel and familiarity with encrypted on-line data capture systems. • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

SPECIAL SKILLS: • Promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace. • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to interact effectively with patients, healthcare professionals, researchers and external stakeholders. • Demonstrated organizational skills and meticulous work style. Ability to focus even under pressure and with frequent interruptions. • Excellent time management and multi-tasking surrounding recruiting patients into a research study in a busy primary care setting. • Ability to execute many different tasks concurrently. • Proven ability to function effectively as part of a team, but with the capacity to work without continuous close supervision. • High level of reliability. • Appropriate handling of samples and specimens. • Technical proficiency in the use of lab equipment and skill in use of precise instruments. • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills. Judgement in choosing best protocol or adapting procedures to meet changing needs. • Sensitive handling of confidential information.

DECISION MAKING: • Determine patient eligibility for research studies. • Respond to general enquiries, providing reasonable answers or a means to find an answer if necessary. Redirects problems to Principal Investigator. • Determine timelines to ensure critical deadlines for submission are met. • Decide what to do when encountering an unexpected problem while performing an experiment, and when problem is serious enough to contact supervisor.

Employment Equity and Accessibility Statement

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen's is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at hradmin@queensu.ca.

About the employer

Queen's University Established by Queen Victoria's Royal Charter, Queen's University is among Canada's oldest institutions. Queen's University is located in Kingston, Ontario and has had a significant influence on Canada's higher education since its establishment on 16th October 1841. The...