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Job# 6636 - Research Assistant (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Full Time
Posted: April 25, 2013
Closes: May 20, 2013

Professor Sangita Sharma's Aboriginal and Global Health Research Group (AGHRG), in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta, seeks a full time Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will join Dr. Sharma's research team in conducting research combining nutritional epidemiology, health promotion, community-based interventions and dietary assessment methodologies for multi-ethnic populations nationally and internationally. Current research projects involve community-based dietary and lifestyle interventions for health promotion, and the prevention of chronic disease among populations undergoing nutrition transition such as Aboriginal populations in Edmonton, the Canadian Arctic, Alaska, First Nations, Apaches, Navajo, Africa, Brazil, and Hawaii. Read more about the Aboriginal & Global Health Research Group here: www.aghrg.com The successful candidate will function as an investigator, participating fully in research and related scholarly activities. This position is for a one-year term, with potential extension subject to performance and funding. Compensation is based on qualifications and previous experience.

Duties will include:

  • Carries out high-level research activities including design and implementation of projects
  • Designs and implements research methods, objectives and activities related to community-based participatory research projects
  • Contributes in writing peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts
  • Participates in the training and mentorship of graduate students
  • Develops, maintains and supervises funded research programs
  • Consults with principal investigators, co-principal investigators, project partners and staff
  • Maintains and protects confidential research data
  • Interprets and re-writes technical information regarding research techniques and outcomes to make them easier to understand to relevant stakeholders (community, government, funders, etc.)
  • Ensures that deliverables for each research project are identified and follows up to ensure goals are being met on time
  • Enters data and assists with data analysis and database management • Records methods used in research projects
  • Conducts literature searches
  • Assists in the creation of PowerPoint presentations and posters
  • Seeks and identifies relevant research opportunities as well as identifies sources of funding for research and other purposes
  • Travels within the City of Edmonton, when necessary, for community and academic events; possible travel to Northern communities in Canada depending on project work
  • Works closely and cooperatively with project staff
  • Conducts activities related to community-based participatory research projects
  • Maintains and develops funded research programs
  • Assists in ethics application, protocols and budgets
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • A Master's or preferably a Ph.D in Epidemiology, Nutritional Sciences, or related Public Health science
  • Preferably 2-3 years research experience
  • Experience working with Aboriginal, ethnic, and/or vulnerable populations and knowledge of cultural protocol is an asset
  • A beginning record of publication (3 publications in preparation or submitted)
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills
  • Data management skills for the preparation of research papers and grant proposals
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, organization, and leadership skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent networking skills and sensitivity, in order to liaise with community partners, co-principal investigators and internal and external team members
  • Advanced knowledge of epidemiological information, dietary analysis software packages, and experience with statistical analysis and spreadsheets
  • Experience in community-based participatory and intervention research self-motivation, initiative and appreciation of the benefits and challenges of working in remote communities


  • Advanced knowledge of dietary analysis software packages, specifically NutriBase
  • Experience working with dietary assessment tools such as 24-hour recalls and food frequency questionnaires
  • Solid knowledge about portion size, nutrient analysis from 24-hour recalls, recipe creation, and dietary data entry Completed applications must include the following:
    • A one page cover letter
    • The candidate's Curriculum Vitae
    • Contact details for three professional referees

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. To apply please email complete applications to: Kelly Fowler, Research Administrator Aboriginal & Global Health Research Group, kelly.fowler@ualberta.ca

For more info please see http://www.aghrg.com

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