Job Title:

Research Associate


University of Calgary


Calgary, AB

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Position Overview 

The Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator. 

The successful applicant will participate in two CIHR funded projects, RESTART and RESTORE. These projects involve the use of robotic technology, neuroimaging and brain stimulation to assess and treat individuals after stroke. The RESTART project involves the development of novel robotic biomarkers and brain imaging techniques to quantify damage to sensory, motor and cognitive function resulting from stroke.

The Research Associate will be responsible for the conduct and testing of novel robotic stroke rehabilitation assessments and interventions. Further they will be responsible for the incorporation of robotic assessment tools into each intervention. They will help to drive the integration of intelligent software solutions which allow assessments to be made in real time to provide a precision approach to therapy interventions.

Position Description 

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Responsible for management, maintenance, or control of a specialized area
  • Involved in day-to-day supervision of staff, monitoring, planning, and organizing activities of others
  • Assist with plans and designs for specialized applications to meet the needs of operations, research, and services
  • Budget involvement including developing reports, tracking expenses, and reconciliation of accounts
  • Responsible for presentations in producing figures for publication and grants
  • Produce initial drafts of manuscripts for publication and appropriate scientific journals
  • Participate in the design and development of precision equipment and processes
  • Recommend changes to methods, procedures, and practices within the lab
  • Responsible of the organization of the day-to-day administration of the laboratory
  • Responsible for repairs of equipment, ensuring safety compliance
  • Under limited supervision and direction, develop and implement original experiments within the guidelines of the research
  • Develops robotic assessment and rehabilitation tasks with limited supervision
  • Conduct literature review, surveys, data analysis and interpretation, laboratory experiments and other research for use in scholarly publications
  • Oversee reliable and safe operation of all laboratory equipment for various users, including stocking of all necessary materials and supplies
  • Trains and supervises other staff, students, and Faculty in the operation of equipment and laboratory protocols
  • Keep laboratory and work area clean and safe

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • PhD degree in Clinical Neurosciences or a relevant discipline required
  • Minimum 4 - 5 years of post-doctoral experience in a relevant research area
  • Minimum 7 years of technical experience and completion of post-secondary education in related discipline
  • 3 to 5 years of related technical experience within the research field
  • 1 to 3 years of supervisory experience
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint),
  • Internet skills
  • Advanced skills in Matlab with the ability to program both assessment and rehabilitation tasks for the KINARM exoskeleton robot
  • Ability to analyze brain imaging data using MRIcron
  • Ability to provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues
  • Direct and demonstrable research experience in the subject matter of the research project is essential
  • Perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
  • Recommend change to processes or procedures

Application Deadline:  December 22, 2017

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No).

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


To apply, please visit the University of Calgary’s career opportunities page; Job Opening ID #14303

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II. (Salary range $31.81 - $46.05/hour)

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine

Business address: 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary AB T2N 1N4

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About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines.

We recognize that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here.  

Quote Job Reference: 14303

Posted 2017-11-20

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