Research Associate

Rehabilitative Medicine Physical Therapy

Competition No.  -    A109346433
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

In collaboration with researchers at University of California San Diego and San Francisco, we are developing a Data Portal for spinal cord and traumatic brain injury. This ranges from portal design, management, data upload, curation, public outreach/education and analytics. The Research Associate will employ discipline specific expertise and managerial experience to initiate projects and follow up processes, work effectively under pressure, use independent judgment, produce quality work, and develop and maintain collaborative local, national, and international relationships to further the development and reputation of the data portal.


  • Works towards the goal of establishing a successful Open Data Commons Platform for traumatic brain and spinal cord injury
  • Participates in in weekly research program meetings
  • Participates in the process of data curation
  • Participates in portal design and testing
  • Facilitates data reuse
  • Participates in outreach to the research community; initiates and fosters communication with national and international partners
  • Independently establishes some of the academic collaborations both inside and outside (national and international) the University of Alberta
  • Acts as a representative for and on behalf of the Principal Investigator when requested
  • Provides project guidance and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Oversees and analyzes experimental results and designs studies for meta analysis
  • Writes research papers
  • Writes grants for operating funds
  • Presents research results at laboratory meetings, departmental seminars, scientific conferences, and related settings


  • PhD in spinal cord injury research or traumatic brain injury and significant background in data science, machine learning, data sharing and statistical methodologies
  • Knowledge and skills in experimental and clinical neurotrauma research
  • Strong statistical programming skills in Python and R programming languages
  • Knowledge in data sharing initiatives in traumatic spinal or brain injures such as the open data commons for spinal cord injury
  • A minimum of 3 years of a postdoctoral training
  • Demonstrated involvement in collaborative team science research, covering aspects of basic, clinical and translational research
  • Strong research record, including evidence of publishing in high impact peer-reviewed journals in the field and capacity to secure external funding
  • Experience teaching, mentoring, and advising trainees in both experimental and computational neurotrauma
  • Demonstrated involvement in services to the research community

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has an approximate appointment of 4 years and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range of $74,084 to $101,888.

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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.