Research Scientist

NU Nursing

Competition No.  -    A102346310
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Applicants are invited to apply for a Research Scientist position with the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) research program situated at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. TREC is a multi-disciplinary group of 60+ pan-Canadian and international researchers, clinicians, citizen representatives, and healthcare decision makers who conduct research on nursing home quality care and knowledge translation. TREC maintains a world-class and unique repository of survey, clinical, and administrative healthcare use records that define a range of nursing home work environment, clinical, and broader healthcare system use factors. Data can also be linked to multiple clinical trials designed to enhance nursing home care and resident quality of life. Additional information about the TREC research program is available at the following URL:

Working under the direction of Dr Carole Estabrooks (TREC Scientific Director), and with guidance from Dr Yuting Song (TREC investigator), the successful applicant will run a CIHR-funded project focused on understanding how and why missed care (care left undone or delayed) occurs among care aides (nursing assistants, personal support workers) in long-term care homes.

Responsibilities include:

Research Leadership & Facilitation

  • Conduct all aspects of the project from planning to dissemination, including but not limited to, ethics, recruitment, budget, intervention co-design, focus groups and other forms of data collection, supervision of project staff, analyses, dissemination and publication;
  • Coordinate all meetings, e.g., team meetings, focus groups, feedback, etc.;
  • Assess and evaluate data, analyze research results qualitative and/or quantitative;
  • Plan new objectives and confirm with the PI;
  • Plan budgets, calculate costs of equipment, research and staff;
  • Lead and manage the recruitment and hiring of staff and trainees (PDF, technicians, research assistants, grad students, etc.);
  • Prepare project reports, write, review and drive approvals for SOPs related to quality control, testing, and operations;
  • Prepare abstracts, technical reports, scientific publications, presentations and research summaries for submission, under the direction of the Pl and collaborators;
  • Present research results at scientific meetings, scientific conferences (national and international) and other related settings;
  • Prepare reports for participants, stakeholders, funder and deliver feedback as appropriate to the sector;
  • Publish data as a lead author and participate as a co-author on other publications.

 General Research Support

  • Assist the Pl in supervision and mentorship of students and/or post-doctoral fellows and research staff;
  • Identify external grant opportunities and prepare supporting documentation to procure funding;
  • Liaise with LTC stakeholders and PI for  research grant application submissions;
  • Write and submit grants with the PI;
  • Present to potential funders on the value of the research and potential for sustainability and operations’ implementation;
  • Contribute significantly to the integrated knowledge translation agenda and approaches of the TREC research team, contributing substantively to the formation of partnerships and alliances;
  • Facilitate a collegial working environment by helping to plan team-building experiences;
  • Perform other research and administrative duties as required.


  • PhD required in a health or relevant social science field, e.g., health profession, sociology, public health.
  • In-depth knowledge of the research process, specifically research in health care/community health settings.
  • In-depth understanding of the of the role of structural disparities and inequities as they apply to, not only individuals, but also health sectors and large organizational units.
  • In-depth understanding of implementation science and its core theoretical foundations (e.g., an appreciation of Innovation Diffusion theory, network analyses, social theory), and a strong understanding of innovation scale-up from a sector whose learnings will be transferrable to the LTC sector in Canada
  • An appreciation and of and understanding of migrant workers and their challenges would be an asset
  • An appreciation of engaged scholarship and integrated knowledge translation would be definite assets
  • Robust qualitative skills and acceptable quantitative knowledge and skills are required – this is a team that largely undertakes mixed methods research.
  • Substantial experience with implementing research strategies, interventions, and/or innovations with front line workers.
  • A strong theoretical background in an area relevant to the TREC program (e.g., implementation science, improvement science, innovation diffusion, intersectionality, organizational learning, Mode 2 discovery, science studies, complexity science.
  • An in-depth understanding of intersectionality and experience working with marginalized and/or vulnerable groups.
  • Experience in LTC is an asset.
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
  • Successful experience in the complex dynamics of large team workings.
  • Strong interpersonal and team skills.
  • An ability to work in unionized environment and manage relevant collective agreement responsibilities.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to work independently will be required.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster partnerships and international collaborations

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this full time (1.0 FTE) grant-funded position has a duration of two (2) years and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits, and an annual salary range of $74,084 to $101,888 per annum (Level 2), commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The candidate may be eligible for a removal grant of up to $10,000, and a Professional Expense Reimbursement (PER) amount of up to $1,400.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.


How to Apply

Apply Online

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.