Research Assistant in Physiology & Pharmacology
University of Calgary Department of Physiology & Pharmacology

Research Assistant, Physiology & Pharmacology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 18440

Updated: May 30, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Physiology & Pharmacology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator.  

The Research Assistant will be engaged in studies involving healthy adults living independently in the community, older adults at risk of dementia, patients with sleep apnea, and older adults with mild cognitive impairment and dementia living in assisted living facilities in NW Calgary. 


Position Description

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

  • Standardized Test Administration:
    • Administers and scores neuropsychological, psychometric tests, and lifestyle-related questionnaires
    • Records results of neuropsychological and other standardized tests
    • Communicates effectively with study patients
    • Provides patients/clients with information and advice about programs/services
    • Educate patients and families on research procedures
    • Coordinate and schedule tests according to study procedures
  • Data Management:
    • Scores and enters collected data into database system
    • Develops and maintains filing system for subject and test documentation
    • Extract data from existing databases
    • Collaborate with the study investigators to perform and complete relevant parts of the study, such as obtaining signatures, discussing questions that come up, reviewing abnormal results of tests, etc.
  • General Administrative Support:
    • Provides a test procedures list and test description for submission of forms to Research Ethics Board or granting agencies and orders
    • Maintains and monitors neuropsychological test library, normative data documentation and supplies (e.g., copyrighted forms)
    • Makes recommendations to policy or procedural changes as needed
    • Continuously meet the changing needs of the research program and the University
    • Performs other related duties as required

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • BSc or BA in psychology, neuroscience or a closely related discipline
  • Completion of an undergraduate level neuropsychology or abnormal psychology course and an assessment course or equivalent training
  • Thorough knowledge of research design
  • Knowledge of (or commitment to training in) administration and scoring of standardized psychological tests and their updates as needed for various research projects
  • Experience in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with statistical software (SPSS, SAS, Matlab, Stata, Sigmaplot), healthy and clinical populations, and data analyses
  • Meticulous attention to detail, strong organizational and time management skills, keen observational skills (i.e., strong attention to detail regarding patient behavior and emotional reactions in testing situation)
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team, and as such, must have great interpersonal skills

Application Deadline:  June 9, 2019

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 Specialist/Advisor 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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