The Metabolic and Genetic Explorations in Refractory Schizophrenia (MAGERS) Project is currently looking to fill a part-time research assistant (RA) position.
I have been working on the MAGERS study for the past 3 years now, as a full-time RA, and will be moving on from the study for now; we have hired a part-time co-op student and are looking for another part-time RA. The project is quite grand in nature – although it is primarily a genetic study, it also explores many avenues to investigate factors that could contribute to an individual developing treatment-resistant psychosis. I absolutely believe this project equipped me with lots of experience and skills which helped me gain deep insight regarding mental health, clinical research, working with a unique cohort of patients, affected family members and a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and neuroscientists, and much, much more.
If this little sneak peek spikes your interest, definitely read below and consider applying for the position! Although initially part-time, this position can be extended to full-time. The deadline to apply is just before midnight on August 6th (Tuesday). If you have any questions, let me know via PM! Here are the details below:
Job ID: 34740 Location: Vancouver - Point Grey Campus
Employment Group: Technicians & Research Assists
Job Category: Non Union Research/Technical
Classification Title: Research Asst/Tech 2
Business Title: Research Asst/Tech 2
VP/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
Salary Range: $21,357.00 (minimum) - $23,403.00 (midpoint) - $25,450.00 (maximum) Full/Part Time: Part-Time (50%)
Desired Start Date: 2019/08/12
Job End Date: 2020/08/11
Possibility of Extension: Yes
Funding Type: Grant Funded
Closing Date: 2019/08/06
Available Openings: 1
Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.
This position is part time, FTE 0.5, at 18.75 hours per week. Working 3.75 hours per day and 5 days a week, in the mornings. This position may increase to full-time when the project matures.
The Research Assistant assists with many facets of the research study. Tasks include obtaining informed consent from prospective participants; database development, collecting and entering data; administering questionnaires; and provision of general administrative and logistical support. This position requires interaction with vulnerable adults, including inpatients with serious mental illness. A Criminal Records Check is required for this position.
A flexible schedule is required to accommodate sample collections that sometimes must be scheduled on short notice. The successful applicant may be required at times to put in several hours on a weeknight evening or on a weekend, and be present early in the morning on short notice for participant- or sample collection-related activities.
This position is primarily based on the UBC campus, but some work may be conducted at BC Children's Hospital.
The incumbent will report to the Principle Investigator and the Co-Project Lead, as well as other staff involved in the research project, such as the Project Analytical Lead, as they so delegate.
The incumbent's principal duties fall within these categories: Administering Questionnaires, Database Development and Data Entry; Coordinating Blood and Urine collections; Sample Preparation, Storage, Delivery, and Analysis; Administrative and Logistical Support. This is not an exhaustive inventory; other related duties may be required.
- Administers in-person and telephone questionnaires to enrolled inpatient participants and family members.
- Recruits participants from the UBC Hospital BC Psychosis Program and coordinates appointments for the research team.
Database Development and Data Entry:
- Create case report forms in REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) database.
- Enters clinical and laboratory data into the database.
- Ensures that case report forms are completed, and that data is regularly uploaded into the electronic database.
- Updates the electronic database regularly to track completion of each required study procedure performed on participants, and protocol deviations.
Coordinating Blood and Urine Collections:
- Prepares pre-assembled generic specimen collection kits based on study protocols.
- Prepares participant-specific sample collections, includes labeling with required identifiers, generation of required lab requisitions, and timely delivery of kits to the BC Psychosis Unit.
- Communicates with BC Psychosis Program staff and collaborates with labs for scheduled sample collections.
Sample Preparation, Storage, Delivery, and Analysis:
- Prepares specimens (i.e, centrifuging, aliquoting, and storage), cleanup, and delivery of prepared research samples to designated research laboratories for analysis. Ensures correct blood and urine specimen labeling, pickup and delivery of research lab specimens from the BC Psychosis Unit to the designated research laboratory.
- Depending on training and experience, may perform genomic, metabolomic, and immunological analyses under supervision by co-investigator(s) and collaborators, may perform additional laboratory procedures, potentially including (but not limited to) quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), TaqMan assays, gel electrophoresis, and DNA and RNA library construction.
Obtains and Documents Informed Consent:
- Obtains and documents Informed Consent or Assent from prospective participants;
- Documents participants' optional preferences in the consent process (e.g. DNA banking, permission to contact family members for participation, etc.)
Administrative and Logistical Support:
- Provides administrative support for the research ethics and institution approval processes, including submission of annual renewals, amendments, etc.
- Schedules and coordinates administrative meetings, prepares and distributes minutes and documents as needed to facilitate project operations; facilitates communication amongst project staff.
- Provides logistical support for grant and manuscript preparation, including literature reviews, copying, Faxing, mailing, e-mailing, etc.
- May assist in assembly, compilation and summary of statistical and other data, and preparation and distribution of progress and annual reports to co-investigators and collaborators, donors and granting agencies.
- Orders supplies; tracks expiration dates and monitors collection tube inventories to ensure collections can proceed on schedule.
Works under the supervision and reports to the Principal Investigator and Co-Project Lead. May receive additional direction from other study personnel, as delegated by project leadership.
May train new study team members, including students and volunteers, on routine tasks.
Consequence of Error/Judgement:
All duties performed by the Research Assistant should adhere to policies of Good Clinical Practice, standard operating procedures, and UBC policies. Failure to comply with national, provincial, institutional, or ethical standards could result in significant consequences to the subjects, the study, the Principal Investigator, and the institution. Errors in judgment could harm the subjects, delay the progress of the study, result in loss of funding, or otherwise influence the integrity of clinical research. Non-routine decisions or actions should be deferred to the Research Coordinator.
High School graduation. An undergraduate degree, preferably in psychology or another mental health related field (social work, nursing, occupational therapy) or biological sciences, would be an asset. Minimum of 2 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience and competence in basic laboratory techniques such as centrifugation and pipetting is highly desirable. Experience with Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) database design and data entry is highly desirable. Training in obtaining informed consent and administering mental health questionnaires will be provided as needed. Experience with the RISe online research administration tool is preferred, but training will be provided. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Ability to exercise sound judgment.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to deal with a diversity of people in a calm, courteous, and effective manner.
Ability to effectively use computer programs at an intermediate level.
Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities.
Ability prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.
Ability to stay organized and professional.
Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment.
Criminal record check required.
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.
If you'd like to apply, follow the link here: www.staffcareers.ubc.ca/34740