Research Assistant in the Department of Surgery
University of Calgary Department of Surgery

Research Assistant, Surgery, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 18385

Updated: May 30, 2019

Location: Other

Position Overview

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

The Efficiency, Quality, Innovation and Safety (EQuIS) research platform focuses on surgical safety in pediatric patients. Its mission is to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of surgical care provided to children in Calgary, Canada, and internationally. The team is based at the University of Calgary and operates from the Alberta Children's Hospital in the Calgary zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS). EQuIS represents a diverse group of clinical researchers, and is partnered with both local and national organizations dedicated to healthcare quality improvement.

The EQuIS Research Assistant will be reporting to and receiving direction on their project(s) from the Principal Investigator(s).

This position is for approximately 15 hours a week.

Position Description

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

  • Establishes and maintains effective, productive relationships with the EQuIS research team and collaborators
  • Manages own time effectively and ensures the EQuIS Manager and Principal Investigator(s) are kept informed of activities and progress of work
  • Generate various reports as required by the Principal Investigator(s) and research team. May require presentation of reports to various stakeholders
  • Assists with qualitative and quantitative data collection
  • Process data using statistical software to conduct basic analyses of trends in support of the research project
  • Compile tables, charts, graphs, and summarized statistics for integration in research papers and reports. This includes materials for presentation and publication

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in a health-related field
  • Experience working in the clinical setting; pediatrics research experience is preferred
  • Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative clinical research
  • Experience with statistical software programs (eg. SAS, STATA, SPSS); familiarity with NVivo qualitative data analysis software is desirable
  • Experience working with REDCap is desirable
  • Familiarity with the AHS EMR system is desirable
  • Knowledge of the EQuIS research platform is an asset
  • Excellent scientific writing and communication skills
  • Detail oriented
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success
  • Ability to demonstrate tact and courtesy dealing with patient families, physicians and other team members
  • Ability to communicate well with external collaborators within a complex research program
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality of patient records
  • Knowledge of research ethics and regulations for granting agencies (eg. Tri Council)
  • Ability to problem solve in complex situations

Application Deadline:  June 13, 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 I.

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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