Research Associate

Medicine Department

Competition No.  -    A100645041
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Indigenous and Global Health Research Group (IGHRG) led by Dr. Sangita Sharma is currently seeking a Research Associate to join the Edmonton-based team. Current funded projects include assessing health and wellness and access to healthcare services with Indigenous seniors and Elders living in NT, maternal and infant health care and outcomes for Indigenous populations in NT, program development and implementation to enhance self-advocacy and health service supports with vulnerable populations in Alberta, as well as identifying the anticipated and unanticipated consequences of COVID-19 preventive measures with Indigenous communities in NU and NT. This latter project is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the global pandemic and toward improving the health and wellness of Indigenous populations during a challenging situation.

In consultation with Dr. Sharma and the Executive Director of the IGHRG, the Research Associate will engage directly in research activities supporting the group’s multiple expanding projects working with Indigenous communities to capture new data and considering health in its broadest context. The Research Associate position will receive ample opportunities to be involved in all aspects of important research projects, co-author scientific publications, and learn how to write and submit large grant applications to national funding organizations, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  The Research Associate will report directly to the Executive Director and help with overseeing the IGHRG research staff. In addition, the Research Associate will guide research projects as designated by the Lead Investigator and help research staff on work in the office and in the field.

It is anticipated the position will primarily involve working remotely off-campus given current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. Likewise, no travel is expected in the foreseeable future.


  • Carrying out research activities under the direction of Dr. Sharma and other senior investigators
  • Identifying potential research opportunities, particularly research for health promotion among at-risk population groups
  • Communicating with off campus research partners: both industry and government in Alberta, NT, NU, and other parts of Canada.
  • In conjunction with Dr. Sharma, defines, plans, and implements research activities and research design for assigned projects and/or programs
  • Providing written documentation of research progress to Dr. Sharma and Executive Director
  • Writing field-work protocols and standards
  • Organizing, overseeing, and conducting data collection in urban and remote locations
  • Direct supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, including: (a) working on data analysis and interpretation and (b) collecting field data at sites in Alberta and elsewhere
  • Performing administrative duties including drafting funding applications and writing reports and budget requests
  • Analyses of quantitative and qualitative data and data sets; interpreting data and developing conclusions based on the analyses and interpretation of data
  • Planning research activities and providing input to research design and methodology
  • Designing experiments and data collection protocols and standards
  • Writing research papers and presenting research results at national and international meetings
  • Traveling nationally and internationally on behalf of the group to a number of destinations
  • Coordinating and facilitating presentations and knowledge exchange opportunities provincially, nationally, and internationally


  • A PhD, preferably with a background in Public Health or a related field
  • Significant population-based and/or community-led research experience
  • Significant experience working with and living in Indigenous communities
  • Strong record of first-author publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Significant experience conducting community based research from planning to evaluation
  • Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative methods as applied to health and participatory research
  • Experience with SAS and NVivo statistical analysis software is an asset
  • A demonstrated track record in research project management
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal, organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent leadership within a team environment

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 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.

How to Apply

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

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.