Research Associate, Community Health Sciences

University of Calgary

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Overview

The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 4 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Operations Manager.

The Research Associate will extract data from published serosurveys, support new live data visualizations on the website, draft manuscripts for publication, and manage relationships with dashboard users.

Project Overview. SeroTracker is a data-driven public health platform mapping the true extent of the COVID-19 pandemic. We aggregate data from serosurveys, studies estimate the prevalence of antibodies against the virus that causes COVID.

This is a recurring part time position with variable hours.  Recurring part-time employees are hourly employees engaged to perform work on an irregular schedule.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Extracts data from published serosurveys

  • Supports new live data visualizations on SeroTracker website

  • Liaises with stakeholders; developing and managing important relationships with dashboard users

  • Supports manuscript preparation and submission process

  • Responsible for reporting on projects and contributing to final reports

  • Performs complex analyses within appropriate timelines

  • Assumes responsibility for data security, confidentiality, and data accuracy

  • Participates in an environment conducive to world class development and scientific research

  • Provides leadership in data science, epidemiology concepts, and related content

  • Assist with plans and designs for specialized applications to meet the needs of operations, research, and services

  • Produce initial drafts of manuscripts for publication and appropriate scientific journals

  • Conduct literature review, surveys, data analysis and interpretation, laboratory experiments and other research for use in scholarly publications

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelors required or Masters-level degree preferred in (bio)statistics, epidemiology, or data science
  • 3 to 5 years of related technical experience within the research specialty field
  • Knowledge of epidemiology, epidemiological study design, and standard biostatistical analysis techniques
  • Advanced skills in R (and/or Python) programming for data manipulation, analysis, and visualization
  • Experience with systematic reviews, including search, screening, data extraction, and critical appraisal; particular experience with infectious diseases is an asset
  • Strong writing skills; experience drafting publications for peer review or grants is a particular asset
  • Diligence, time management, and attention-to-detail
  • Willingness to work flexibly according to stakeholder needs and deadlines
  • Exceptional communication, coordination, and writing skills
  • Ability to perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
  • Direct and demonstrable research experience in the subject matter of the research project is essential
  • Perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, organization, problem solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), Internet skills
  • Knowledge of University core business systems is desirable

Application Deadline:  December 11, 2023

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase 2.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website . For more information visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine .

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups . Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca .

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected] ) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected] ).

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We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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