Research Project Personnel

Vancouver Island University

Research Project Personnel

The Faculty of Health and Human Services includes the Departments of Child and Youth Care, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Early Childhood Education and Care, Health Care Assistant, Nursing, Practical Nursing, Social Work, Education Assistant and Community Support, and a Professional Development and Training department.

The mission of the Faculty is to foster student success and develop and maintain relevant, responsive, and stimulating learning opportunities that are community-based, globally and locally, and offered in a visionary, interprofessional environment that is conducive to learning and promotes health and wellness for all. The Dean and the Dean’s Office lead, manage, administer and support the instructional, scholarly and outreach activities of the Faculty on four campuses with this mission in mind.

Employment Group
Position Number
Faculty of Health and Human Services
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Nanaimo campus
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Appointment Type
temporary full-time
Full time with flexible hours to accommodate participant recruitment
Pay Rate
The salary is $65,000/year.
Appointment Start Date
Appointment End Date
Leave Replacement
Appointment may end early or be extended.
Applicant Documents
CV/Resume, Cover Letter, Qualifications , Referees/References
Posted Date
Closing Date
Job Reference


Position summary

This position will provide research assistance and coordination for clinical studies led by Prof Sandy Shultz within the faculty of Health Science and Human Services, Vancouver Island University. These studies will focus on identifying biomarkers and assessing treatments in patients with mild brain injuries due to a range of causes (e.g., domestic violence, motor vehicle, sports, accidents).

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Manage the administration of ethics approvals, including application and reporting requirements
  • Coordinate research activities, including recruitment of participants, scheduling activities, and data collection
  • Recruit participants and collate data from the Alfred Emergency Department
  • Maintain research databases
  • If not already qualified participate in the necessary training:
    • To test participants using cognitive and neuropsychological protocols
    • Phlebotomy workshop that results in the individual receiving a workshop certificate.
  • Test participants using cognitive and neuropsychological protocols
  • Collect blood samples

Key capabilities

  • Communicate and work effectively in a team/group environment
  • Ability of engage with patients and test participants
  • Ability to prepare ethics applications and complete other related administrative tasks
  • Speak and write in English
  • Flexible hours to accommodate participant recruitment

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1-year prior research experience and related degree (e.g., Honours, Masters, PhD)
  • Ability to work and effectively communicate in a team setting
  • Experience preparing and editing documents with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Willingness to undergo additional training

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Neuropsychological testing experience
  • Venepuncture training and experience
  • Experience recruiting and testing participants
  • Data entry and database maintenance
  • Experience with human ethics
  • Basic wet laboratory experience (e.g., use of pipettes and centrifuge)
  • Driver license

VIU is pleased to offer employees a comprehensive benefit plan; ample paid holiday time; professional development opportunities and a desirable pension plan that takes the worry out of retirement. As part of the VIU campus community, our employees work with supportive colleagues within an encouraging environment and are provided with the tools and training that promote learning and development. The perks of VIU employment are multiple, and include well-being initiatives and services, strategic discounts, and flexible work opportunities.


  • Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
  • Vancouver Island University (VIU) is collectively committed to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students. In our journey towards greater diversity, we invite applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all gender identities and sexual orientations who bring value to the VIU community through their lived experiences. We encourage members of all equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their application cover letter. When a candidate voluntarily discloses this information in their cover letter, the information will be used only for the fulfillment of the career opportunity. Disclosure and/or self-identification with an equity-seeking group will not lead to advantageous treatment of a candidate who is not qualified.


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