Research Asst/Tech 3


The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience. This position is expected to be filled by promotion/reassignment and is included here to inform you of its vacancy at the University. Job Summary Within the Department of Emergency Medicine in UBC Faculty of Medicine, Digital Emergency Medicine's academic mission is to transform emergency medicine through technology enabled, health professional & patient oriented strategies for excellence in acute & community care.

Digital Emergency Medicine carries out research, community engagement and educational activities to explore how modern information and communication technologies (e.g. mobile and web-based applications, etc.) can improve health care.

The incumbent works as part of a research team to support DigEM projects focused on three broad areas:
i. Technology-enabled innovations in health practice and education contexts;
ii. Multi-channel community engagement to support health education and patient-centred care;
iii. Digital health innovation and collaborative partnerships.

Much of this work involves evaluating the efficacy of digital health interventions in various contexts such as community health promotion, improved health service delivery and innovative educational approaches. Organizational Status Reports to Research Coordinator and Assistant Director of Research. Interacts with research team members, faculty, project managers and other personnel associated with specific projects. May interact with community organizations, health professionals, clinical groups, patients and community members, government representatives, and other stakeholder groups. Work Performed Assume the role of Research Assistant working on various DigEM projects involving both quantitative and qualitative methods. This research portfolio includes projects that relate to initiatives involving learning technologies, program evaluation, and community-based health research.

Duties include:
(a) carrying out research project planning activities including organizing and documenting meetings, communicating with diverse project partners, and assisting senior level staff/faculty in designing research projects/experiments;
(b) conducting literature searches, reviewing and assisting with the synthesis of literature;
(c) collecting data by co-facilitating focus groups, conducting interviews and administering surveys;
(d) performing data preparation, collection, entry and analysis; (d) preparing reports and presenting findings; and
(e) contributing to abstracts and publications.

The candidate may also assist in purchasing supplies and minor equipment/services for research projects.

The successful candidate will also be asked to assist in the development of funding proposals for the Office. These duties include:
(a) investigating applicable funding opportunities;
(b) searching and compiling submission criteria;
(c) performing tasks related to the submission of funding application forms and documents;
(d) drafting letters of intent; and
(e) assisting in the final drafting of full proposals by writing sections of proposals and/or editing documents.

Performs other related duties as required. Supervision Received Reports to Research Coordinators, and the Assistant Director of Research within Digital Emergency Medicine. Supervision Given The Research Assistant may be asked to oversee and direct the work of students or employees at lower classifications, and will be responsible for the accuracy, production, and control of the specific work performed. Consequence of Error/Judgement The direction of the research initiatives will be discussed at regular meetings with research team members. Regular reporting will also be required to stakeholder groups as defined by each specific component of the research projects.

This position requires working effectively within an organizational structure as well as some degree of self-direction. The research assistant will be required to show judgment and decision making which has the potential to impact the reputation of DigEM, product viability, and the opportunity for future research development.

The exercise of poor judgment and lack of consultation with supervisors could adversely affect the viability and validity of research projects or programs. Continued adverse effects to the Office's research projects could negatively affect the ability of DigEM to obtain funding for future research projects. Qualifications Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Undergraduate degree in an area of social science or health science with research experience preferred. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of and applied practice in social science research methods. Experiences with BC health professional organizations, Indigenous health, cross-cultural projects, and interprofessional collaboration are assets. Preference will be given to candidates with some grant writing experience. Computer Skills Required: MS Office, data analysis software, familiarity with online literature search tools. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment. Ability to show initiative and judgment. Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. .
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.