Research Associate in Radiology University of Calgary, Department of Medicine Canada

Research Associate, Radiology, Cumming School of Medicine


Job ID: 15590

Updated: Today

Location: Foothills Campus


Position Overview

The Department of Radiology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.


The Research Associate will be responsible for overseeing quality data collection and analysis by other members of the lab, and will ultimately be responsible for ensuring that data is accurate and complete. There is a high impact of error because of the quality standards expected. Technical expertise is required for the operation of the equipment, for the troubleshooting of failures of sophisticated equipment and for equipment maintenance and cleaning. This position will also regularly interact with members of the public and must demonstrate strong communication skills and have knowledge of ethical issues related to the use of human subjects.


This position reports to the Principal Investigator.


Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • General supervision and direction of the PI, develop and implement original experiments within the guidelines of the research

  • Works with PI to develop ideas and support writing grant proposal applications as required

  • Responsible for overseeing subject recruitment Under, scheduling and scientific measurement by supervising work done by other staff in the lab who do this as their primary job

  • Ensures subjects fill-out consent forms, questionnaires and to undergo measurement (HR-pQCT scanning, DXA scanning, biodex measurements, blood draws, anthropometric data, and possibly other measurements yet to be determined)

  • Supervises staff and trainees to ensure the highest quality of data collected from research study participants (i.e., HR-pQCT, DXA, biodex, questionnaires, etc.) and quality of data analysis

  • Ensure data is securely stored in a database, and that it can be retrieved for analysis in a consistent and organized fashion (files, tapes, disk usage)

  • Assist in all aspects of study ethics applications and updates as required, and mentors trainees in the development of new protocols

  • Keep lab health & safety regulations current for the lab, in accordance with UofC and federal regulations

  • Demonstrates strong communication, team and customer service skills, and ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines

  • Interact with collaborating research groups who may require support to acquire or analyze imaging data or similar

  • Developing, writing and maintaining lab standard operating procedures (SOP), and coordinating with other members to collect and organize

  • Ensures the lab is properly stocked of lab supplies, computers, tools as per the requirements of all staff and trainees

  • Troubleshoots any issues related to equipment in the lab, including performing maintenance. Refers complex issues to technical experts

  • Interact with IT professionals as required for support of lab computing hardware

  • Ensure reliable and safe operation of laboratory equipment (e.g. Isomet 5000 linear precision saw)

  • Perform all other related duties as required and requested by the Principal Investigator


Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering, or a related field required. Graduate degree (MSc or PhD) preferred

  • Minimum of five years of experience in conducting scientific research, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Fundamental understanding of all measurements conducted for the study and of the equipment used for collecting data

  • Proficient in skills in Microsoft Office Suite, Internet Skills

  • Experience in research related to bone health or bone imaging

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills

  • Communicating with stakeholders/project managers/coordinators

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • Strong knowledge of ethical issues and confidentiality policies

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Ability to pay attention to detail and accurately perform work

  • WHIMIS Certification (can be obtained on the job)

  • Excellent problem solving skills an asset.


Application Deadline:  June 8, 2018


We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.


To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit


The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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