Competition Number: J1221-0121
Position Title: Research Assistant
Employee Group: Research, Grant & Contract
Job Category: Research
Department or Area: Psychiatry
Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Hours per Week: 35
Job Type: Term
Length of term: 1 year
Shift: 7 Monday - Friday
Number Of Positions: 1
Date Posted: January 5, 2022
Closing Date: January 26, 2022
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Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant will work
within the team-based structure of the Queen's Partnership on Neurodevelopment
(Q-POND)/Queen's Genomics Laboratory at Ongwanada (Q-GLO) within the
Department of Psychiatry and will play a critical role in ongoing research
projects. The Research Assistant's primary responsibilities will be related to
studies and clinical trials conducted for the Province of Ontario
Neurodevelopmental Disorders (POND) Network involving participant
assessments; parent interviews; recruiting and enrolling research
participants; assisting with study related experiments and tasks; specimen
collection and handling; working closely with the Study Coordinators to ensure
that study protocols and procedures are followed and ensuring compliance with
regulatory and ethical guidelines. The POND Network focuses on the study of
neurodevelopmental disorders in children and youth with and without Autism
Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
and Intellectual Disability (ID).
The schedule for this position requires the incumbent to occasionally work
evenings and weekends, according to research program area needs (typically
• Assists Study Coordinators in the initiation and implementation of study
• Assists with screening, recruitment, and enrolment of potential study
participants in various POND research studies, including obtaining informed
• Works directly with participants and families, under the supervision of a
psychologist and physicians, including the administration of: o standardized
assessments to children and youth with and without a diagnosis of a
neurodevelopmental disorder (e.g. IQ tests, language assessments, other
research experimental tasks);
o semi-structured interviews with parents (e.g. Vineland Adaptive Behaviour
Scale, Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised).
• Assists with administration of investigational product.
• Confirms bookings, prepare study materials, schedules and prepares source
documents of research participants for study visits.
• Arranges compensation and expense reimbursements for participants.
• Takes part in study-related meetings such as site initiations, close-out
visits, investigator meetings, monitoring visits and study-conference calls.
• Adheres to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice
(GCP) and other applicable regulatory requirements.
• Accompanies research participants for MRI brain imaging visits at Queen's
Imaging Facility, carries out consent process, and assists MRI technician with
administering MRI imaging protocol, including running MRI computer tasks based
on standardized protocols.
• Maintains/modifies standard techniques within the laboratory to be shared
with other lab personnel. Applies regulations and standards, to ensure
integrity of information, and compliance with ethical and safety guidelines.
• Facilitates study participant compliance through regular communication
(e.g. email, phone, in person visits) in order to maximize protocol
adherence. Assists in data collection functions (mail outs, questionnaires,
• Assists with collection, preparation, labelling, and shipment of specimens.
• Performs quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet
established requirements and standards.
• Utilizes computer databases (Excel, MS Access, in-house). Perform basic
data processing, including data entry.
• Performs basic administrative services, such as scheduling, making
appointments, word processing, faxing, copying, and filing.
• Assists Study Coordinators with maintaining research, participant,
investigator and site central files and study related logs.
• Undertakes other duties as assigned in support of the lab.
• Three-year post-secondary program in a relevant field, including Health
Sciences, Psychology, Education, or Social Sciences.
• Experience with conducting standardized assessments and other experimental
studies is considered an asset.
• Experience working with a patient population an asset, especially children
with developmental disabilities is considered an asset.
• Experience working in a research setting including sample handling, and/or
medical office environment, and/or a clinical trial setting is considered an
• Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and
• Ability to promote a respectful environment for colleagues and research
participants with a continuing focus on equity, diversity, inclusion and
accessibility in all aspects of professional activities.
• Exemplary organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Ability to work independently within guidelines provided by the Study
Coordinators. Ability to work collaboratively and proactively with
professionals in a team-oriented environment.
• Interpersonal and communications skills (both verbal and written) to
interact with a diverse audience in a professional manner and to provide clear
and accurate information.
• Ability to multitask, prioritize workload, and deal with multiple demands.
• Time management skills, as well as the capacity to take initiative, solve
problems and suggest solutions.
• Writing, basic editing and proofreading skills, with an ability to pay
attention to detail and accuracy.
• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
• Office and computer skills including knowledge of word processing,
spreadsheet, database and publishing software (Microsoft Office and Adobe).
Ability to learn new software packages as required. Experience with electronic
data capture an asset.
• Open to learning new skills related to POND's research studies
• Prioritize time and determine most efficient use of personal resources
within set of priorities outlined by supervisor.
• Decide how to distribute information, what method to use, and who to send it
• Assist in the generation of various documents and reports and provide input
where appropriate. Participate and act as resource person in the production of
laboratory operating procedures. Determine appropriate formatting for simple
to complex documents.
• Respond to general enquiries, providing reasonable answers, or a means to
find an answer if necessary. Redirect problems to Study Coordinators or
• Determine when an unexpected problem needs to be brought to the attention of
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