University of Alberta

Project Coordinator

Department of Pediatrics

Competition No.  -    S100837562
Posting Date  -    Nov 02, 2018
Closing Date  -    Nov 16, 2018
 
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $58,675 to $81,208 per year
Grade  -    10
Hours  -    35

This position has an end date of 1 year from the date of hire with the possibility of extension based on availability of funding. This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

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 www.pediatrics.ualberta.ca.

The Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) operates with the mandate to support and foster the development of evidence ­informed practice through high quality knowledge syntheses aimed at high priority issues in health. Under the direction of the Directors of ARCHE, the Project Coordinator is responsible for leading complex research activities specific to evidence synthesis projects including systematic reviews, overviews, scoping reviews and rapid reviews. The position is responsible for the overall management and coordination of projects including topic refinement, development of key questions, protocol development, project execution, data analysis, report writing, and manuscript preparation.

The Project Coordinator is responsible for managing the project from initiation to completion and acts as a liaison between the Principal Investigator and Co­-Investigators to facilitate communication among team members, manage/coordinate day­to­day operations of projects, and manage overall milestones and targets to ensure timely completion of research projects. The successful candidate requires a strong understanding of recognized standards and recommendations for conducting evidence syntheses, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team. 

Duties

  • Works with Principal Investigator, Co-­Investigators, Program Managers, Clinical Experts and stakeholders to develop and refine key questions to be addressed by projects
  • Prepares research protocols in compliance with funding agency requirements and ensures all procedures and processes are compliant
  • Oversees the design, development, and maintenance of project databases to ensure data quality control
  • Designs and develops project materials including forms for study selection, data extraction, risk of bias assessment, and other related research tools
  • Coordinates and manages day­to­day activities for all phases of evidence synthesis projects including study selection, data extraction, data entry and verification, and preparation for data analysis
  • Develops standard procedures to ensure accuracy, completeness, and consistency of data
  • Prepares written summaries of data analysis including research publications based on research results  to be submitted for peer review, draft and final reports, manuscripts, figures and tables, conference presentations and posters, educational materials, and other forms of knowledge transfer and exchange Fosters the necessary stakeholder involvement to ensure timely activities, cooperation, and progress of the project
  • Coordinates team of article retrieval personnel, research assistants, information specialist and statistician
  • Supervises and participate in reviews for work assigned to article retrieval personnel and research assistants
  • Reviews and redistributes workloads as necessary and tracks milestones throughout the life cycle of research projects
  • Conducts and coordinates informal training sessions for project staff related to evidence synthesis including basic statistics, study design, sources of bias in research, etc.
  • Participates in and leads journal clubs and working groups to discuss relevant methodological issues and aspects of research project management
  • Assists with preparation of research grant applications and contract proposals as required

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in epidemiology, research methods, statistics or a related field; Masters degree in health sciences or a related field preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
  • Minimum 3­ years of experience working in a research environment; experience in epidemiology, statistics, public health, or a related field is preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of experience with research methodologies, systematic reviews, evidence synthesis, or health management
  • Proven record of engaging with and presenting results to stakeholders and funders
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), reference management software (EndNote, RefWorks, Reference Manager, Review Manager, Distiller), statistical programs (SPSS, SAS) and database software
  • Strong attention to detail, problem ­solving, analytical, and decision making skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication, prioritization, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work efficiently in a professional and ethical manner in accordance with University of Alberta policies and procedures

Compose a letter explaining how you are going to contribute to the Alberta Research Centre of Health Evidence’s mandate to support and foster the development of evidence ­informed practice through high quality knowledge syntheses and why you are the right fit for this position. Submit this letter and your curriculum vitae. Applications received without a cover letter addressing these elements in detail will not be considered.

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.