Research Assistant (RA)

University of Saskatchewan

Primary Purpose: To provide comprehensive support to the Principal Investigator (PI) and research team in implementing the research protocol,.  This will be guided by the team but conducted independently.  This is a CoMRAD funded project investigating the reliability of facial photo analysis for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder between photos obtained virtually and photos obtained in person.

Nature of Work: The RA will have direct contact with patients age 5-18 and their caregivers, in various ways including in-person, by phone, email and video link.  The work involves recruiting participants, taking consents, collecting standardized photos several ways including a) with a camera,  b) virtually with computer and c) virtually with a patient’s cell phone and for a selection of patients the RA will do parent interviews. The RA will have to travel regularly to Child and Youth Services (CYS), Regina to meet with participants. The RA will need to be flexible about their working hours however, most hours will be by pre-arrangement. For in-person contact, there is some predictability with hours scheduled at least a week or more in advance. The RA must be available to come to CYS during normal clinic working hours (Monday – Friday, 9-5pm) whenever the patients have an appointment or at another convenient time. The phone or virtual contact may include evenings or weekends but will be pre-arranged by mutual availability between the RA and the participants. The pace of work will be variable and dictated by the availability and recruitment of participants. There will be an estimated 1 -2 patients / week for in person photo sessions +/- 1-2 interviews.  Each session will probably require about 1-2 hours of the RA’s time.  Phone call interviews (about 20) with parents will be sporadic and require about 1 hour of RA time for each interview. The RA can expect that contacting some patients by phone may be difficult and require time, persistence and patience. The RA needs to report progress weekly to the PI to be able to troubleshoot difficulties in a timely manner.

Typical Duties or Accountabilities: Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Conduct literature review and data abstraction
  • Learn how to take standardized photos both in person and virtually
  • Learn how to measure photographs using the FASD analysis software
  • Recruit research participants and obtain consent prior to data collection
  • Communicate with the Complex Diagnostic Assessment Team (CDAT) manager regularly regarding which patients to contact and which patients have appointments coming up
  • Contact by phone, the patients who have appointments coming up to ask if they would like to participate in the virtual photo project and arrange to meet.
  • Arrange to meet patients at CYS either at the time of a scheduled clinic appointment or another agreed upon time to take in person and virtual photos
  • Coach patients and parents on how to take standardized virtual photos between office computers and caregiver cell phone. Or if photo is obtained from the patient’s home, the RA would coach them on how to do this remotely.
  • For some patients, the RA will arrange virtual meetings and collect photos virtually
  • Conduct phone  interviews for data collection
  • Manage participant compensation (sending gift cards)
  • Ensure all research is conducted ethically and in compliance with Tri-Council Policy Statement on Research Ethics (TCPS-2) and institutional policies
  • Ensure tight adherence to research protocols and standard operating procedures
  • Collect, consolidate, and format data from various sources to prepare draft report
  • Prepare and assist with grant applications and/or ethics applications when applicable
  • Manage own time effectively and ensure the principal investigator is kept informed of activities, and progress of work about weekly.
  • Continue to maintain and expand professional skills
  • Perform other duties as appropriate and necessary for the efficient functioning of the team
  • The RA must be able to commit to the full year

Education: Undergraduate or entry to practice health sciences degree required, i.e. Bachelor of Sciences, Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing, Psychology, Biology or related discipline


  • Previous experience conducting research is essential, doing interviews and patient chart reviews is a strong asset
  • Familiarity with Sunrise Clinical Manager or other health data systems will be considered an asset
  • Experience with REDCap® is an asset


  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Excellent computer skills with knowledge of Word, Power Point and Excel
  • Comfort with virtual meetings with team and with participants
  • Reliable in responding to email from the research team
  • Knowledge of research ethics and regulations for granting agencies (e.g. Tri-Council) is a strong asset
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication, team skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success

Please submit questions to [email protected]

Department: Pediatrics

Term 12 months

Employment Group:
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 
Salary Phase/Band:
Phase 4

Posted Date:

Closing Date:

Number of Openings:
Work Location: On Campus

The successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where ‘Yes’ is indicated below. Further information is available at:

Criminal Record Check: Not Applicable
Driver’s License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable
Education/Credential Verification: Not Applicable
Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable

Please review the University of Saskatchewan’s health and safety requirements for faculty, staff andstudents in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

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