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Research Associate I

October 28 2021
Industries Education, Training , Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Health, Medical, Medical research, Pharma, Biotech, Sciences, R&D
Toronto, ON

Job Posting #887254

Position: Research Associate I
Site: Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
Department: Cardiology
Reports to: Principal Investigator
Salary Range: $66,534 to $83,168 per annum (commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy)
Hours: 37.5 per week
Status: Temporary Full Time (1 year with possibility for renewal)

University Health Network (UHN) looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Research Associate I in our Cardiology Department.

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,600 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research across UHN's seven research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

The Heart Function Program is currently recruiting a Research Associate I to work on digital health projects in the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research. This will be a temporary, full-time position for the duration of one year, with potential for renewal. The research projects will involve the integration of digital wearables (e.g., Apple Watch, Kardia devices) and mobile applications to enhance diagnosis and prognostication of cardiac disease. This is a unique opportunity to perform transformative digital health research at one of the world’s leading cardiovascular institutions.

This position requires an action-oriented individual with advanced research knowledge and skills, strong organizational experience, superior time management capabilities, demonstrated problem solving capacity, and advanced writing and communication skills. The ideal candidate possesses the aptitude to interact positively and respectfully with patients and care providers and understanding the workings and workflow of a busy clinic as well as work with program departments as well as external stakeholders to achieve clinical research study objectives and goals. They maintain an eye for detail and the ability to initiate the follow up on items or determine appropriate steps for timely resolution.

Responsibilities include: participating partially or fully in protocol development/project design, setting of research goals, selection and development of procedures; planning, implementing and coordinating aspects of data collection; assisting in study related recruitment and enrollment of study participants; working with the clinical and research teams to optimize study workflow and processes in the context of the patient and clinic flow; drawing preliminary conclusions for review by investigators and incorporation into final research reports; having strong understanding of research methodologies (i.e., randomized clinical trials, observational studies, mixed methods); familiarity with the analysis of data related to conventional statistics and AI; assisting in interpretation of results and preparation of material for presentation, publication, and/or grants; assessing literature in the field of study; contributing to team in-service sessions; supporting budget preparation/other components of grant applications; performing study-related administrative tasks, where applicable.

Qualifications:
• Minimum of a Master’s degree in Health Sciences, Health Informatics, Human Computer Interaction, Design, Biomedical/Electrical Engineering, Behavioural Science or Systems Design or a related field
• Minimum of 2 years related experience or a Bachelors degree with 5 years experience
• Relevant research skills in protocol and study design, management of research ethics processes, data collection and management; evaluation of user experience and user-centered design
• Exceptional technical skills in IOS and Android technologies (i.e., phone and wearables)
• Knowledge of health data and infrastructure; digital health; comfortable capturing and communicating project data requirements to technical staff
• Ability to understand, demonstrate, interact and support patients and care providers in their utilization and interaction with health technology tools (e.g., wearables, apps)
• Exceptional organization and time management skills
• Be able to work both independently and as a team in a high-paced clinical environment
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Zoom/Microsoft Teams

Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: October 28, 2021 Closing Date: November 11, 2021

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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