Research Informatics Specialist


Competition No.  -    S104447572D1
Posting Date  -    Apr 07, 2022
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $50,425 to $68,486 per year
Grade  -    08
Hours  -    35

This competition is open to all applicants however internal candidates and applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months will be given priority consideration before external candidates. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying.

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This competition is to fill 2 positions and has an end date of 1 year plus a day and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed on our Benefits Overview page.


This position is based in North Campus Edmonton and it is hybrid with a mix of remote and in-person.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department/Faculty Summary

The Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) supports research excellence dedicated to improving the health and lives of women and children. WCHRI is the only research institute in Canada — and one of the few in the world — to focus on both women’s and children’s health, including perinatal health. WCHRI was founded in 2006 as a partnership between the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, with core funding from the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation (SCHF) and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (RAHF). Thanks to our funders’ generosity, WCHRI is able to support a broad range of research programs for over 500 leading researchers.

WCHRI is committed to ensuring that the research we support is conducted according to the highest scientific and ethical standards, complies with local, national and international policies as well as governing statues and regulations and that internal quality systems are comprehensive, appropriate and effective. WCHRI has a strategic priority to catalyze pediatric clinical trials, locally and nationally; as a result we have developed a data coordinating centre (DCC) and pediatric clinical trials unit to support pediatric clinical trials (and over time women’s health clinical trials) that are run locally, nationally, and internationally. Our data coordinating centre currently supports several national networks in Canada, including the CHILD-BRIGHT Network and KidsCAN Trials.

Position Summary

WCHRI is looking for an individual with strong communication skills with a positive and professional approach to client service to join our team.  The Research Informatics Specialist provides an important research support service by working with our researchers to understand their data capture needs, and implement data collection and management solutions. This position will also work with other team members to provide campus-wide REDCap system setup and support (project setup services, end user training sessions, and general technical support). Training on the REDCap system and other related tools will be provided.


  • Meet with prospective clients to gather information about their project (i.e. define scope, requirements, deliverables, milestones and timelines).
  • Set-up projects using REDCap and/or other electronic data capture (EDC) systems.
  • Create case report forms (CRFs) as per requirements and perform quality assurance testing.
  • Provide data management services (data validation, cleaning, reporting), as required.
  • Communicate plans, progress status and project issues to all relevant parties.
  • Identify and communicate technical problems and processes with team members, vendors, and/or clients.
  • Develop standard operating procedures, technical documentation, and training materials.
  • Provide training sessions to end users (large group, small group, web-based, etc…).
  • Provide technical support to end users (email, telephone).
  • Assist with the coordination of all necessary project planning and management.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or mathematical subject is required.
  • Experience working in a clinical research environment is required; equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • 2-3 years of progressively responsible experience; preferably involving research data collection and/or data collection systems.
  • Creative with an ability to investigate new ideas.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal, organizational, problem solving and time management skills; meticulous attention to detail; ability to work in a team environment.
  • Strong commitment to client service with a positive and professional approach.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using REDCap and/or other EDC systems for research is an asset.
  • Familiarity with SAS, Stata, R, SPSS or similar software for management of research data is an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Visio).

How to Apply

Apply Online

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

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.