Research Associate

MED Pediatrics

Competition No.  -    A100846241
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Pediatrics within the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s leading academic pediatric institutions in medical education and pediatric research. We also work in conjunction with the Stollery Children’s Hospital to provide leading-edge clinical care. We are dedicated to the advancement of child health through the delivery of exemplary education, research, and patient care. Further information on the Department of Pediatrics can be found at

Reporting to Dr. Andrea Haqq, Principal Investigator, the main focus of the research broadly examines the pathophysiology of obesity and its complications (including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular and lipid abnormalities) in both genetic syndromic forms of childhood obesity (Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS)) and non-syndromic common forms of childhood obesity. Dr. Haqq is involved with a collaborative team of researchers both locally and internationally and across a diverse range of backgrounds.

The main responsibilities of the Research Associate are carried out in consultation with the Principal Investigator and include:

Research Planning, Design and Analysis (85%)

  • Planning and providing input into research design and coordination of all activities of the multiple research projects related to obesity and its complications across multiple sites, both internally and externally.
  • Ensures compliance with the University's policies and procedures, when preparing or conducting research administration, contract management, and risk management.
  • Sets research activity objectives in consultation with the Principal Investigator
  • Providing input into research designs research and determining the appropriate data collection tools for new research activities In consultation with the Principal Investigator, develops and documents research methods and protocols
  • Develops and carries out independent research
  • Develops and documents research methods and protocols, and troubleshoots
  • Conducts advanced analysis of research results
  • Assist with the building of a research team including planning future research projects and the required resources, both financial and human resources
  • Builds and maintains relationships with patient advocate groups and granting agencies
  • Organizes and attends meetings with researchers, both locally and internationally, to provide program management and coordination update
  • Assists in the writing of research papers as well as the preparation of presentations and publications and may sometimes represent the Pl at meetings Assists in the preparation of interim and final progress reports for granting agencies
  • Oversees communication and marketing activities may be a co-applicant for research funding
  • Oversight and coordination of activity for the Research Assistant, as well as guide and coach students and/or  post-doctoral fellows

The Research Associate may be involved in the following administrative task (15%):

  • Responsible for financial administration across multiple projects Develops standard operating manual of procedures and maintains temperature log for -80°C Freezer
  • Oversees and/or conducts data collection activities including participant screening and enrollment
  • Purchase research study supplies and maintains inventory records up to date; maintains accurate electronic and physical inventory locations for products/samples. Assists in research grant applications, contract proposals, Pl' annual progress report.
  • Participate in the design of study protocols including the development of study forms (i.e.: consent and assent forms)
  • Preparation of human ethics applications both for initial review and for progress review.
  • May be responsible for collecting fecal and blood samples collection and processing samples


  • PhD in Human Nutrition or related discipline, with a focus in a health-related area or other equivalent  preparation
  • Proven accomplishments in nutrition or child health-related discipline
  • A minimum of 3 years of research experience; clinical research experience is an asset Preference given to those with experience working in a research environment with human participants Working knowledge and experience in biostatistics
  • Working knowledge of fecal and blood samples collection and processing
  • Working knowledge of medical and nutritional assessment methodology (anthropometrics, skin­ fold, body composition, energy expenditure measures, dietary intake records, blood pressure monitoring)
  • Ability to work independently (utilizing problem-solving skills, consultation skills) and results-oriented
  • Ability to work independently as well as contributing to team development, including during the supervisor's periodic absences from the team.
  • High-level research skills - experimental  design, analysis and troubleshooting Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written science communication skills for effective manuscript writing, abstract writing and presenting to research  groups
  • Supervisory experience is an asset

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this 0.8 FTE grant-funded position has a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits, and an annual salary range of $58,210 to $65,490 per annum (would be prorated for the 0.8 FTE), 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

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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.