Diabetes Research Assistant (Devlin Lab)

University of British Columbia

Staff – Non Union

Job Category
Non Union Technicians and Research Assistants

Job Profile
Non Union Salaried – Research Assistant /Technician 4

Job Title
Diabetes Research Assistant (Devlin Lab)

Devlin Lab Department of Paediatrics Faculty of Medicine

Compensation Range
$5,068.91 – $5,946.08 CAD Monthly

Posting End Date
December 8, 2023

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job End Date

Dec 31, 2024

This offer is conditional upon successful completion of a Criminal Record Check.

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Job Summary

The research assistant (RA) will support the principal investigator (Dr Angela Devlin), co-investigator (Dr Dina Panagiotopoulos), and other research staff and trainees in the Devlin lab on diabetes research projects. We are establishing cohorts of children with type 1 diabetes and following the children from diagnosis to further understand the development of cardiovascular complications and to molecular phenotype all children with diabetes to refine diagnosis and treatment. The RA will oversee the administrative operations, workflow, and finances of the Devlin Lab and the clinical research projects. The RA will support other staff (clinical research coordinator, RAs) and trainees that are working on the project to recruit subjects, liaise with families, and collect and analyze data. This research is supported by funding from CIHR and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Organizational Status

Reports to Dr. Angela Devlin. Works closely with the co-investigator (Dr Panagiotopoulos), RAs, and coordinators in the Devlin and Panagiotopoulos labs.

Work Performed

  • Oversees the recruitment of subjects and data collection. Liaise with families and communicate findings to the families.

  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Devlin Lab.

  • Coordinates ethics applications.

  • Establish laboratory analyses for type 1 diabetes autoantibody detection (ELISAs) and genetic risk score screening.

  • Monitors and tracks project progress to ensure timely completion of the project.

  • Data entry, organization, and analyses.

  • Develops SOPs for autoantibody and genetic risk score analyses; data handling and collection.

  • Provides updates, reports and communications on ongoing activities and progress to PI and co-investigator.

  • Facilitates the development of yearly progress reports and renewal documentation required by granting agencies.

  • Manages the finances of the project and grant, including responsibility for budget and reconciliation of project finances, and maintenance and submission of financial reports to granting agencies.

  • Fosters excellent communication in a collaborative environment.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Exercises a considerable amount of judgment, responsibility, and initiative in the timely and responsible management of the Devlin lab and clinical diabetes research projects.

Supervision Received

Oversight will be provided by Dr Devlin. However, the position requires a strong independent work ethic and a candidate capable of setting their priorities within a given framework, and working within agreed-upon milestones and timelines.

Supervision Given

Will supervise other research assistants (tech 1/2), trainees, summer students, and work learn students.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of a university degree in a relevant discipline or technical program and a minimum four years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Some positions may require a graduate degree.

  • Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  • Exceptional organization and project management skills, as well as a high degree of motivation, enthusiasm, and initiative are required for this position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completion of an MSc in a biomedical related field and a minimum of at least 1year related experience working as a research assistant preferred.

  • Experience working in diabetes research and/or completion of MSc research in the field of diabetes pathophysiology.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize work and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in UBC’s finance system, Workday, and RISe.

  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational and decision-making skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment.

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