Research Assistant

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 29 Feb 2024

This competition is restricted to internal applicants of the University of Alberta. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying.

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position has a term length of 1 year plus 1 day with the possibility of extension and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed on our Benefits Overview page .

LocationWork primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department of Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta is one of Canada's leading academic health centres for pediatric specialty and subspecialty education and research. We also work in conjunction with the Stollery Children's Hospital to provide leading edge clinical care. Members of the department are dedicated to improving child health.


This position is part of the Edmonton Pediatric IBD Clinic team and will work independently with minimal supervision on a variety of studies. The Research Assistant will develop study-specific source documents, screen and recruit potential study participants, obtain patient consents and assents and ensure source documents are received and reviewed. In addition to organizing and preparing charts and managing study databases, the position will be responsible for coordinating visits between multiple services, performing study-specific assessments, and participating in study related meetings. Data entry and entering of study information into the ARISE system, including amendments and annual renewals will be required. The position will also support students and supervise research assistants working within the research team and facilitate the close-out of projects. The Research Assistant will provide both study and administrative support to the research team.


 Participate directly in research projects (70%)

  • Prioritize tasks to be completed across multiple research projects
  • Perform data entry and manage study databases; ensuring accuracy of data for several studies
  • Organizes and prepares charts; case report forms; and materials for study visits
  • Ensures source documents are received and reviewed (for example: ECGs, lab work, hospital diagnostic tests)
  • Maintain and organize study related documents
  • Screens and recruits potential study participants; obtains patient consents and assents
  • Support families of research subjects during clinical data collection (e.g. prepare subject and schedule, answer questions about testing procedures where appropriate, liaise with clinical staff, support families finding locations, follow-up after visit)
  • Enter study information into the ARISE system, including annual renewals and amendments. Submit safety reports to Ethics as applicable
  • Work with other research staff to coordinate completion of research tasks
  • Prepare for study monitor visits, liaise with study monitors and work to resolve outstanding issues/problems in a timely manner

 Undertake tasks to support productivity across the research team (30%)

  • Support students and supervise research assistants working on the research team
  • Maintain study registries and databases
  • Coordinate research team meetings
  • Participate in the preparation of funding applications, research ethics applications, abstracts and manuscripts
  • Coordinate communication across the research team


  • Bachelor's degree in a health science related field
  • Evidence of training in Good Clinical Practice, and/or Food and Drug Regulations, Division 5, as applicable
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in a research environment preferred 

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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