Research Assistant

University of British Columbia

Staff – Non Union

Job Category
Non Union Technicians and Research Assistants

Job Profile
Non Union Salaried – Research Assistant /Technician 2

Job Title
Research Assistant

Illes Laboratory Division of Neurology Department of Medicine Faculty of Medicine

Compensation Range
$3,777.25 – $4,501.17 CAD Monthly

Posting End Date
April 20, 2023

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job End Date

Apr 30, 2024

This position is expected to be filled by promotion/reassignment and is included here to inform you of its vacancy at the University.

This position is located within a health-care facility, therefore, the successful candidate will be required to provide verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by a provincial health mandate.

At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career. 

Job Summary
A key position is available immediately for a highly motivated individual in any field related to neuroethics to join the dynamic team at UBC. Under the direction of the Director of Neuroethics Canada, Dr. Judy Illes, this Research Assistant will be among a team of researchers devoted to neuroscience and biomedical ethics, and specifically as part of (a) a large research program focused on spinal cord repair, funded by the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Transformation Program called Mend the Gap and, beginning August 1, 2023 (b) the International Brain Initiative (IBI).
Organizational Status
The Research Assistant will also be supported by Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr. Tanya Barretto and Events and Operations Manager Ms. Marianne Bacani. The Research Assistant will provide support and work alongside Faculty, fellow research associates and assistants, trainees, and administrator.
Work Performed

The responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

Mend the Gap

  • Assist with all aspects of the research related to SCI (e.g., REB, Qualtrics), with an initial focus on a national survey about biomaterials and data analysis of SCI as portrayed in traditional news media.


  • Assist with IBI meeting logistics (scheduling, creating Zoom links and confidential notes and note taking).
  • Innovate and prepare graphs and diagram materials for IBI events, meetings and presentations.
  • Assist with the IBI website and newsletter content and publishing.
  • Maintain and update IBI contact list for news releases.

Overarching Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in weekly laboratory meetings.
  • Prepare and finalize reports, presentations and publications.
  • Interact with Canada-wide initiatives in brain and ethics.
  • Perform other Neuroethics duties such as CV updating and powerpoint creation as needed.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

  • The Research Assistant is expected to perform professionally, make proper and sound decisions, and must be able to exercise judgment and tact when dealing with confidential study data.
  • Errors in judgment could lead to lost productivity and missed deadlines.
  • Inappropriate action in the handling of confidential matters could negatively reflect on Mend the Gap, Neuroethics Canada, and potentially the University of British Columbia.

Supervision Received

  • The Research Assistant will be supervised by the Director of Neuroethics Canada, Dr. Judy Illes for research guidance and professional mentorship.
  • The Research Assistant will also be supported by Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Tanya Barretto, who will provide mentorship on research (e.g., study design, methods evaluation, statistics, publication and presentation assistance), and Ms. Marianne Bacani who will provide mentorship for duties pertaining to the IBI.

Supervision Given
Minimum Qualifications
High school graduation, some additional training in a related field and a minimum two years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
– Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own

– Demonstrates a commitment to enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or graduation from a technical college or institute in a discipline relevant to neuroethics: e.g., neuroscience, population and public health, health law, medical anthropology, medical sociology.
  • Excellent academic credentials.
  • Working knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodology and design.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational skills, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.

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