Research Coordinator

University of British Columbia

Staff – Non Union

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AAPS Salaried – Research and Facilitation, Level A

Job Title

Research Coordinator


Honer Laboratory Department of Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine

Compensation Range

$4,688.67 – $6,754.00 CAD Monthly

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Posting End Date

March 24, 2023

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

Mar 31, 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
The Department of Psychiatry is one of the larger departments in the Faculty of Medicine (FoM) with over 1000 department members including full time and clinical faculty, academic visitors, fellows, student employees and staff in varying job families and classifications, in addition to volunteers and others working in clinical and research environments. The Department’s medical education programs are some of the most widely distributed within the Faculty of Medicine with faculty appointees and trainees located within all six (6) Health Authorities. Funding within the Department, supporting positions and activities, is a mix of operating funds, clinical alternative payment program funds, significant research grant and donation funding, endowments, education program funding as well as external partnership funding.
This position manages, develops and designs the research experiments of research projects within the Department of Psychiatry laboratories located in the Translational Research Building on the Oak Street site, works with PI and the team leader in the strategic planning for grant proposals to Tri-Council agencies; is responsible for the maintenance and functioning of complex equipment used in research projects; performs the early experimental work where significant capacity to trouble-shoot and modify experiments is needed; is responsible for writing research protocols; trains junior lab members on protocols and evaluates their performance; manages data collection in all research studies; builds and maintains databases ensuring data accuracy and integrity; performs analysis of data, and assesses appropriate hardware for procedures. The Coordinator must be familiar with the current programs or equipment that will help in the performance of the job; remain current on evolving digital technology, analysis, & hardware; perform quantitative analysis of antibody-based experiments using ELISA, immunocytochemistry and electrophoresis; prepare manuscripts using data; perform complex chemistry studies and perform other related duties and tasks as assigned and required.
Organizational Status
The Research Coordinator reports to the PI, interacts with other collaborating laboratories nationally and internationally, as well as pharmaceutical firms when necessary. The Research Coordinator will supervise the activities of 1-2 other technicians, as well as postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and work-study students. The Research Coordinator is required to work autonomously with minimal managerial direction. General work direction for experiments is provided by the PI. The Research Coordinator will be responsible for the outcome of the project, and will work autonomously to achieve that outcome. Work priorities are arranged independently. Multiple projects will be managed simultaneously. The Research Coordinator will consult with the PI as the need arises.

Work Performed

  • Manages and develops laboratory-based research experiments of funded projects of multiple studies of Department of Psychiatry investigators.
  • Develops, implements and maintain a comprehensive manual and record of laboratory standard operating procedures on biohazardous materials Develops a training plan for required biosafety procedures; trains staff on procedures and ensures staff are adherent with procedures.
  • Works with PI and the team leader in the strategic planning.
  • Defines research goals and scope of research projects for future grant applications; participates in research meetings, alternating focus between various projects.
  • Identifies and provides support for resolution of problems, or barriers to carrying out successful research projects/changes initiatives for completion in collaboration with the Principal Investigators.
  • Develops and creates research protocols, trains lab members on protocols and evaluates their performance.
  • Provides support to research staff on research design and analyses.
  • Manages data collection in all research studies, analyses both quantitative and qualitative data; develops criteria for data and records management, access and utilization for over 5000 tissue samples being actively used in ongoing studies.
  • Develops and manages databases, ensures data accuracy and integrity; is familiar with the current experiments and database programs or equipment requirement; remains current on evolving digital technology, analysis, & hardware; trains staff members on new technology and hardware.
  • Ensures accurate and detailed research records are maintained.
  • Performs analysis of antibody-based experiments using ELISA, immunocytochemistry and electrophoresis; conducts complex chemical analyses.
  • Develops, creates manuscripts using data.
  • Supports project administration as needed.
  • Troubleshoots and problem solves for projects, as necessary.
  • Performs other related duties and tasks as assigned and required.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
This position works with a high degree of independence.
The incumbent needs to be reliable and courteous with participants and colleagues, and able to work independently or in a team environment. Any errors in assessments, collation of data, analysis or recommendation might result in an unreliable report, which can jeopardize PI s decision in various phases of the study. Professionalism and timeliness of reports is of utmost importance.
Supervision Received
Reports to PI.

Supervision Given
The Research Supervisor will train other technical staff in experimental techniques. Supervises junior research technicians, and the activities of trainees.

Minimum Qualifications
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of 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
  • Direct experience with antibody-based techniques, lmmunoblotting and gel electrophoresis an asset. Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Computer experience required (word processing, spreadsheet , and technical software for biochemical analyses).
  • Knowledge of and experience in writing research grant proposal, protocols, work plan and scientific papers preferred/desired.
  • Knowledge of University policies, procedures, governance and research systems preferred.
  • Knowledge of BC government organizations related to health and knowledge of health‐related organizations in Canada and globally is highly desirable.
  • Effective organizational, problem‐solving, planning and analytical skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication, organization, interpersonal and supervisory skills.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of motivation, enthusiasm and initiative.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively both within the UBC community and with external stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Experience in managing projects that involve a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to exercise judgment, tact, discretion and diplomacy.
  • Pro‐active and cognizant of conflicting priorities with the ability to advise and direct resolution.

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