Research Assistant/Technician 2

University of British Columbia

Staff – Union

Job Category
CUPE 116

Job Profile
CUPE 116 Salaried – Research Assistant /Technician 2

Job Title
Research Assistant/Technician 2

Research Dawson Department of Psychology

Compensation Range
$4,025.00 – $4,407.00 CAD Monthly

Posting End Date
March 25, 2023

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

Job End Date

Apr 28, 2023

This position is 0.50 FTE and salary will be pro-rated accordingly.

Job Summary

The Sexuality and Well-being (SWell) Laboratory is a research laboratory in the Department of Psychology at UBC. Under the direction of Dr. Samantha Dawson (Assistant Professor), our team aims to identify risk and protective factors associated with sexual well-being, with a focus on individuals and couples.

The part-time Research Assistant (0.5 FTE) will work closely with Dr. Dawson and other members of the SWell Lab team, including students, staff, and collaborators. They will provide administrative support to the Principal Investigator and assist with research administration of ongoing projects. They will perform a variety of day to day, moderately complex activities will include preparing study materials for ethics approval, communicating with patient partners, leading participant recruitment and enrolment, leading data collection and management, organizing and attending team meetings, and assisting with knowledge translation activities. Due to the sensitive nature of our research, this Research Assistant must understand and adhere to the ethics of confidentiality, sensitivity, and respect when communicating with all research participants.

Organizational Status
The Research Assistant will be supervised by and report to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Samantha Dawson, leading the projects. In accordance with the UBC hybrid work guidelines, the position will offer a flexible workplace environment that includes both remote work and onsite work at the Diamond Health Care Centre, Vancouver General Hospital.
Work Performed

The Research Assistant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Assist with research by reading and synthesizing literature
  • Assist with preparing, writing, submitting, and revising materials for research ethics approval
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships with patient partners
  • Create electronic surveys using Qualtrics
  • Work collaboratively with members of the SWell Lab
  • Contribute to lab, study coordination, and research team meetings
  • Lead recruitment and participant enrolment
  • Lead data collection and management of survey data
  • Assist with tracking, processing, and analyzing survey data
  • Create content for knowledge translation (e.g., SWell Lab website, social media accounts)

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The Research Assistant is required to conduct all research activities in an ethical manner and with adherence to the Tri-Council Policy Statement concerning Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS-2). Any procedures or data recorded as part of this research must be accurate and must accurately reflect the work performed. Strict confidentiality of all study participants must be adhered to. All activities involving participants are accountable to the Research Assistant, Principal Investigator, the Department Head, and the Research Assistant’s governing professional organization (if applicable).
Supervision Received

Most aspects of work will be done independently, while other aspects will be done under the supervision of the Principal Investigator. The Research Assistant will work closely with the Principal Investigator students (undergraduate, graduate), staff, and collaborators in the SWell Lab.

The Research Assistant will attend weekly supervision meetings with the Principal Investigator, weekly SWell Lab meetings and study coordination meetings, which will be held onsite and virtually (on Zoom), depending on operational requirements.

Supervision Given
There are no direct supervision responsibilities; however, there may be an opportunity to distribute work and provide mentorship and training to undergraduate students or research volunteers.

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.

Preferred Qualifications
Successful applicants will have excellent organization, time management, and communication skills (written and oral). They will have an interest in women’s health research, be able to work on assigned task independently, and have excellent interpersonal skills that support teamwork and professional interactions with patients.

Complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS-2) online tutorial. Experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), SPSS, and Zoom. Experience with constructing and managing electronic surveys (REDCap, Qualtrics) would be an asset.

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