Research Associate, Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine University of Calgary Department of Clinical Neurosciences Canada

Research Associate, Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine

 

 

Job ID: 18167

Updated: April 26, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

 

Position Overview

 

The Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 2 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

 

This position reports to the Principal Investigator.

 

Project neuroArm is a research program located within the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. The program has been responsible for the development and manufacture of the world’s first MR-compatible image-guided surgical robot capable of microsurgery and stereotaxy called neuroArm.

 

The incumbent will be a medical professional with extensive training-experience in medical robotics.

 

The research space includes four key areas: a haptic research and surgical performance laboratory, an advanced engineering and prototyping laboratory, an experimental operating theatre and a telementoring and debriefing room. In addition, the neuroArm robot has been successfully integrated into the 3.0T intra-operative MRI system located at the Seaman Family MR Research Centre. The incumbent will need to have high-level skill set to foster and advance this translation, extending into the operating room environment.

 

Project neuroArm seeks to look both inwards, increasing our medical research productivity here, as well as outwards, to connect with the broader community.

 

Position Description

 

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

 

Consolidating sustainability & Research

 

    Involved in strategic planning and future recruitment

 

    Seek fundraising and grant opportunities

 

    Identify Connectivity-Collaboration (locally and internationally) opportunities

 

    Attend and represent Project neuroArm at workshops and symposiums

 

    Maintain valuable communication between PI and industry maintaining discretion where appropriate

 

    Conduct independent research and bring results to successful publication

 

    Monitor and control the schedule, quality and risks of project undertaken by the research group

 

    Design original research methodology and execute all aspects of scientific study, including evaluation and interpretation of research data, manuscripts and patent publication, presentation at national and international conferences and symposia

 

    Organize and host delegates for workshops and seminars to exchange ongoing knowledge in the field of medical robotics

 

    Share knowledge and educate both public and professionals, as well as students if required, on the subject matter, or research findings

 

    Identify funding agencies and philanthropic communities, and prepare comprehensive grant proposals to advance ideas and innovation, towards endorsement for future sustainability of the research program

 

    Increase Canada’s competitive advantage in surgical robotics and simulation technologies

 

    Maintain collaboration with companies for research and commercialization activities

 

Infrastructure Operation and Maintenance

 

    Ensures that tasks are completed in a proficient and timely manner, according to the needs of the project and the requests of the PI

 

    Oversees all aspects of the Project neuroArm infrastructure, including, electronic, electrical, mechanical, computer equipment

 

    Oversees all aspects of project neuroArm infrastructure as they relate to clinical translation, including working with Alberta Health Services

 

    Ensure smooth operation and maintenance of the neuroarm, its research environment including Advanced Haptic Environment, various state-of-the-art haptic hand controllers, industrial robots, 3D printer, multiple virtual reality workstations, multiple Surgical Simulation Systems, Advanced Surgical Instrumentation, Robot Data Archival and Visualization Environment, CyberGlove and CyberGrasp sensory/haptic systems, real 3D display, experimental operating room, tele-conferencing and tele-mentoring facility, confocal microscope, and Surgical Simulation and Visualization Table

 

Setup and Maintenance

 

    Involved in the setup and maintenance of neuroArm Prototype Neurosurgical Robot, the second generation of the robot, SYMBIS and the present in-development neuroArm PLUS

 

    Suggest improvements and strategic directions

 

    Maintains general maintenance of equipment and equipment repairs

 

    Writes and updates any operating procedures/manuals/documentation

 

    Procurement of excellent tools and equipment for the advancement of surgical robotic research

 

Leadership and Staff management

 

    Provide direction and oversight to employees within lab

 

    Coordination of lab staff, students across multiple sites

 

    Performance manage, discipline and terminate as required

 

    Coach and mentor staff and students

 

    Ensure that work assigned is completed in timely manner

 

    Ensures that staff are pleasant and respectful of all clients and co-workers

 

    Ensures regular work attendance

 

Qualifications / Requirements:

 

    Medical Degree  and PhD Degree in Clinical Neurosciences required

    At least 5 years of experience in training and working with undergraduate and graduate students

    At least 5 years of experience in medical technologies and their integration

    At least 5 years of experience in medical robotics

    At least 5 years of experience in neuroscience

    At least 5 years of experience in courses, workshops, clinical and experimental work relative to medical robotics/technology

    At least 5 years of experience preparation of successful grants, manuscripts, and conference presentations

    At least 5 years of experience with collaborative work and maintaining relationships with engineers and scientists across institutes and industry towards maintenance of neuroArm & SYMBIS system and the development of neuroArmPLUS

    Experience in supervising students is necessary

    Must have experience with and knowledge of R&D

    Research related experience and a strong publication record are necessary

    Demonstrated independent managerial decision making skills is an asset

    Strong analytical and trouble-shooting skills

    Excellent oral and written English communication

    Flexible and professional demeanor

    Due to the collaborative nature of the program, demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team is necessary

 

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2019

 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No).

 

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

 

To Apply, please visit the University of Calgary’s career opportunities page;

http://careers.ucalgary.ca/ Job Opening ID #18167

 

This position is classified in the Research Career Band, Level 4 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. (Salary range $42.47 - $67.96/hour)

 

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.

 

Business address: 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary AB T2N 1N4

 

Contact information: hrhire @ ucalgary.ca

 

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 ucalgary.ca.

 

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.

 


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