BC CDC: Research Assistant

Open until filled
Closing date
Internal / External
External to BC AHSN
Job type
Full time
Vancouver Coastal Health Region




Job title
BC Centre for Disease Control: Research Assistant

Job description

The position will perform activities and support operations of sexually transmitted infections (STI) research studies led by Physician Lead of the Provincial HIV/STI Program. The position will be working at the Clinical Prevention Services (CPS) division of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

Organizational Status:

The incumbent will report directly to Physician Lead of the Provincial HIV/STI Program, and work closely with the students, researchers and staff members of the CPS research program at BCCDC.

Work Performed:

- Plan and perform research activities following complex study protocols and relevant regulations (e.g. Health Canada s clinical trial regulations). Activities may include, but are not limited to, participant recruitment, informed consent, interview administration, administration of testing for sexually transmitted infections in enrolled participants, chart review, participant follow-up, record keeping and data entry.
- Design research studies and develop associated proposals with detailed analysis plans
- Oversee research projects, and track progress of such projects
- Write complex reports relating to ongoing and completed research
- Write standard operating procedures for various elements of research projects, using evidence to guide procedures that maximize workflow.
- Operate and maintain specialized equipment requiring extensive training (e.g. centrifuge, anoscopy microscope), and train others on the research team with respect to operation and maintenance.
- Communicate with partnering health care professionals at service lines to ensure accurate implementation of research protocols and troubleshoot problems in daily operations.
- Maintain research databases, perform data analysis and interpret results.
- Lead the development and submission of abstracts, conference presentations and manuscripts.
- Track research expenditures and administer day-to-day use of research funds such as invoice payments and research supplies purchases.
- Assist in completing full research ethics board (REB) applications, and maintain REB approval, clinical trial registrations and other relevant regulatory certificates as required.
- Liaise with co-investigators and other stakeholders by coordinating meetings and preparing and distributing reports on budgets and research progress.
- Supervise students, new and lower level research staff as needed.
- Carry out other related duties as assigned.

Consequence of Error/Judgement:

Errors resulting misinformation would compromise the quality of research studies and related data acquisition and the reporting of research outcomes.

Inappropriate judgement could compromise the safety and wellbeing of the participants, and might lead to termination of the studies and harm the credibility of the PI and institution.

Supervision Received:

Work with minimum supervision and independently most of the time. Will receive instructions only on unusual problems or circumstances which depart significantly from established policy and procedure.

Supervision Given:

This position will supervise students, as well as a small group of employees at a lower classification. Will be involved in the selection of new employees and students.

Preferred Qualifications:

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute.
Graduate degree preferred (Masters or PhD).
Minimum of 4 years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in health research is required.
Experience in sexual health clinical settings / sexually transmitted infection testing is an asset.
Experience with clinical trials is an asset
Venipuncture training is an asset; if no previous experience, completion of venipuncture course within three months is required.
Excellent organization skills.
Ability to work efficiently with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
Ability to exercise confidentiality, tact and discretion.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Computing proficiency in MS Office applications.
Experience with clinical trials is an asset.

The job posting will close at 11:59pm on Aug 2, 2021.