Research Assistant

Vancouver, BC
$45,035 a year
Job Posting

Job ID:


Vancouver - Hospital Site

Employment Group:

Technicians & Research Assists

Job Category:

Non Union Research/Technical

Classification Title:

Research Asst/Tech 3

Business Title:

Research Assistant


Faculty of Medicine


Emergency Medicine

Salary Range:

$45,035.00 (minimum) - $49,112.00 (midpoint) - $53,190.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:

Desired Start Date:


Job End Date:
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Funding Type:

Grant Funded

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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

The Research Assistant will provide support to a multi-centre study on road trauma outcome that is running in three British Columbian hospitals. The incumbent will be involved in a full range of research activities including all aspects of screening, tracking, consenting and interviewing study participants, conducting follow-up interviews with participants, data collection, data management at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and/or at the Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH). The research assistant will also take delivery and arrange storage of blood samples from other hospitals.

Organizational Status

This study is managed through the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine Research at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) to study outcome following road trauma among injured road users who present to a participating emergency department after a motor vehicle crash. This project has received five years of funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Road Safety Research is one of the key strategy initiatives of the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine.

The Research Assistant is accountable to the Research Associate, the Principal Investigator, and the Project Manager. The successful candidate will be part of a research team consisting of clinician scientists, a project manager, project coordinators and Co-op students.

Work Performed

  • Identifies eligible research study participants.
  • Maintains a screening log.
  • Tracks inclusions and exclusions.
  • Obtains informed consent.
  • Conducts in-person interviews with eligible patients.
  • Conducts medical chart reviews.
  • Conducts telephone interviews.
  • Coordinates data collection and data management.
  • Records, analyses and interprets study results, as well as preparing interim summary reports.
  • Communicates with team members of other participating hospital sites.
  • Assists project manager with supervision and training of Co-op students and volunteers.
  • Identifies issues with study conduct at participating hospital sites, and suggests solutions.
  • Assists in the writing and preparation of scientific manuscripts.
  • Develops timelines to ensure tasks are completed on time, reports on progress, and troubleshoots to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Assists senior level staff in the development of study protocols and standard operating procedures.
  • Conducts literature reviews.
  • May be asked to participate in other ongoing studies.
  • Any other duties as required.

Supervision Received

The incumbent will receive training from Research Associate and Project Manager and will perform assigned task independently after initial training.

Supervision Given

The incumbent will provide training to new Co-op students and volunteers.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The incumbent should be able to conduct all research activities in an ethical manner suited to the proper activities of VGH and UBC as well as to the professional organizations governing his or herself and those governing the activities of the Divisional Research Director and other investigators. The Research Assistant is expected to use excellent clinical judgement to inform the PI, Research Associate, and Project Manager of any unforeseen or abnormal outcomes, which could impact either the study or patient health. Data collected and recorded as part of a clinical study must be detailed and accurately reflect the work performed. Medical records and proprietary information are highly confidential and must be handled with the utmost discretion. Records are released only under strict supervision of PI. An error or incorrect decision when conducting a research project may result in a protocol violation, causing inappropriate data and skewed study results. This may have financial implications such as loss of funding. Inappropriate release of confidential information on study participants may have adverse legal implications.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. An undergraduate degree in Life Science or relevant discipline is preferred. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of medical terminology and experience in using an electronic medical record system is an asset. Ability to exercise appropriate tact, discretion and confidentiality in all matters. Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment. Ability to deal with a diversity of people in a courteous, and effective manner. Ability to effectively use computer software, such as MS Word and MS Excel. Ability to learn new software, research methods, and work routines.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
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