J1221-0121 - Research Assistant

Queen's University


January 26, 2022


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Competition Number: J1221-0121

Position Title: Research Assistant

Employee Group: Research, Grant & Contract

Job Category: Research

Department or Area: Psychiatry

Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Salary: $43,292.00/Year

Grade: 05

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

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 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 2-3 evenings/month).

Job Description

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: • Assists Study Coordinators in the initiation and implementation of study protocols. • Assists with screening, recruitment, and enrolment of potential study participants in various POND research studies, including obtaining informed consents. • 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, etc.). • 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.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • 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 asset. • Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.

SPECIAL SKILLS: • 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

DECISION MAKING: • 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 to. • 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 Principal Investigators. • Determine when an unexpected problem needs to be brought to the attention of senior staff.

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.

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