Research Associate

WorkplaceToronto, Alberta, Canada

Research Associate

NU Nursing

Translating Research into Elder Care (TREC) is a collaborative partnership of investigators and decision makers whose aim is to improve quality of life and quality of care for older people in residential care. TREC began an integrated program of research in 2007 and has run continuously since. One of TRECs keystone projects, Improving Nursing Home Care through Feedback on PerfoRMance Data (INFORM), was a successful trial with managers and their care teams from over 60 long-term care (LTC) facilities in BC and AB. Building on this work TREC is working with stakeholders and funders in BC to support wider scale implementation of INFORM. A process evaluation run in parallel with implementation of phase 1 will examine how trained facilitators support implementation of INFORM, the fidelity with which they do so, and the barriers, facilitators and contextual factors that influence implementation.

Reporting to the TREC Scientific Director, the Research Associate will design the overall process evaluation plan, develop the protocol in conjunction with the senior TREC team, establish operational procedures, implement and monitor the plan against targets, budget and timelines, and ensure expected outcomes are achieved. A joint group representing TREC and the BC stakeholders will be advisory to the incumbent.

The Research Associate will:

Project related work:

  • Develop, maintain and update detailed operating plan, project timelines, milestones and deliverables.
  • Apply for ethics applications as required; submit amendments as needed
  • Amend and develop existing data collection materials including questionnaires, observational checklists, focus group and semi-structured interview guidelines. 
  • Coordinate the data collection strategy with project partners and the implementation team
  • Collect data: questionnaires, observations, focus groups and semi-structured interviews
  • Coordinate any necessary field testing of instruments
  • Manage data entry, cleaning, and housing of data in keeping with TREC policy, ethics guidelines and other applicable regulatory requirements
  • Lead analyses (qualitative, basic quantitative and document analysis)
  • Organize and participate in regular meetings of the research team to discuss each stage of the project
  • Assist in the preparation of webinars and reports to stakeholders and funders 
  • Lead preparation of the comprehensive process evaluation final report
  • Prepare and ensure adherence to standard operating procedures

Scientific outputs:

  • Prepare presentations and posters for scientific meetings
  • Assist in and lead he preparation of research publications

Overall support of the research Program:

  • Determine in consultation with the team, the most appropriate methods to achieve objectives
  • Guide and support trainees if relevant to this project
  • Organize and participate in relevant meetings
  • Prepare correspondence, briefing notes, reports and other documentation as required
  • Develop strategies for presenting key results that are appropriate to different stakeholders at all levels (e.g., researchers, trainees, clinicians, funders, decision makers)
  • Perform other research and administrative duties as required


The successful candidate will have excellent organizational, time management and communications skills (written and oral). The ideal candidate will have a high level of interpersonal skills and advanced organization, decision making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Candidate must bring a positive and constructive approach to the position. A proven ability to work in a fast-paced team environment and meet tight deadlines will ensure success in this position. Familiarity with University policies and procedures and previous work/supervisory experience in an academic/clinical research setting would also be an asset.

Essential requirements:

  • A PhD in a Health or Social Sciences discipline is required and essential for this position
  • 3-5 years of experience of successful scientific work on research projects
  • Skill, expertise, and experience with qualitative and evaluation research methods and analyses (e.g., interview, focus group, observational, document analysis)
  • Experience conducting process evaluation or quality improvement research is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently in the field with little direction at any given time, and function proactively
  • Demonstrated superior project planning and management skills
  • Demonstrated superior written communication abilities, e.g., reports, briefings, manuscripts, grant proposal writing
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills with the ability to adapt to competing timelines and change
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Excellent initiative and ability to work with limited supervision
  • Must have superior skills in MS Office suite of programs, including Excel.
  • Experience with qualitative analysis software (e.g., NVIVO, Atlas.ti, Quirkos)
  • Experience with basic statistical analysis using one or more of SPSS, SAS, STATA

Some travel will be required pending COVID parameters. Most of this work will occur virtually.

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement , this full time (FTE 1.0) position has a term length of one year, with the possibility of some extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $58,210 - $80,050. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

How to Apply

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

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.
In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 29035.