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Research Associate


University of Calgary


Calgary, AB

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Research Associate, Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine 

Job ID  18167

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 2 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator. 

Project neuroArm is a research program located within the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. The program has been responsible for the development and manufacture of the world’s first MR-compatible image-guided surgical robot capable of microsurgery and stereotaxy called neuroArm.

The incumbent will be a medical professional with extensive training-experience in medical robotics.

The research space includes four key areas: a haptic research and surgical performance laboratory, an advanced engineering and prototyping laboratory, an experimental operating theatre and a telementoring and debriefing room. In addition, the neuroArm robot has been successfully integrated into the 3.0T intra-operative MRI system located at the Seaman Family MR Research Centre. The incumbent will need to have high-level skill set to foster and advance this translation, extending into the operating room environment.

Project neuroArm seeks to look both inwards, increasing our medical research productivity here, as well as outwards, to connect with the broader community.

Position Description 

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

Consolidating sustainability & Research

  • Involved in strategic planning and future recruitment
  • Seek fundraising and grant opportunities
  • Identify Connectivity-Collaboration (locally and internationally) opportunities
  • Attend and represent Project neuroArm at workshops and symposiums
  • Maintain valuable communication between PI and industry maintaining discretion where appropriate
  • Conduct independent research and bring results to successful publication
  • Monitor and control the schedule, quality and risks of project undertaken by the research group
  • Design original research methodology and execute all aspects of scientific study, including evaluation and interpretation of research data, manuscripts and patent publication, presentation at national and international conferences and symposia
  • Organize and host delegates for workshops and seminars to exchange ongoing knowledge in the field of medical robotics
  • Share knowledge and educate both public and professionals, as well as students if required, on the subject matter, or research findings
  • Identify funding agencies and philanthropic communities, and prepare comprehensive grant proposals to advance ideas and innovation, towards endorsement for future sustainability of the research program,
  • Increase Canada’s competitive advantage in surgical robotics and simulation technologies
  • Maintain collaboration with companies for research and commercialization activities

Infrastructure Operation and Maintenance

  • Ensures that tasks are completed in a proficient and timely manner, according to the needs of the project and the requests of the PI
  • Oversees all aspects of the Project neuroArm infrastructure, including, electronic, electrical, mechanical, computer equipment
  • Oversees all aspects of project neuroArm infrastructure as they relate to clinical translation, including working with Alberta Health Services
  • Ensure smooth operation and maintenance of the neuroarm, its research environment including Advanced Haptic Environment, various state-of-the-art haptic hand controllers, industrial robots, 3D printer, multiple virtual reality workstations, multiple Surgical Simulation Systems, Advanced Surgical Instrumentation, Robot Data Archival and Visualization Environment, CyberGlove and CyberGrasp sensory/haptic systems, real 3D display, experimental operating room, tele-conferencing and tele-mentoring facility, confocal microscope, and Surgical Simulation and Visualization Table

Setup and Maintenance

  • Involved in the setup and maintenance of neuroArm Prototype Neurosurgical Robot, the second generation of the robot, SYMBIS and the present in-development neuroArm PLUS
  • Suggest improvements and strategic directions
  • Maintains general maintenance of equipment and equipment repairs
  • Writes and updates any operating procedures/manuals/documentation
  • Procurement of excellent tools and equipment for the advancement of surgical robotic research

Leadership and Staff management

  • Provide direction and oversight to employees within lab
  • Coordination of lab staff, students across multiple sites
  • Performance manage, discipline and terminate as required
  • Coach and mentor staff and students
  • Ensure that work assigned is completed in timely manner
  • Ensures that staff are pleasant and respectful of all clients and co-workers
  • Ensures regular work attendance

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Medical Degreeand PhD Degree in Clinical Neurosciences required
  • At least 5 years of experience in:
    • Training and working with undergraduate and graduate students
    • Medical technologies and their integration
    • Medical robotics
    • Neuroscience
    • Courses, workshops, clinical and experimental work relative to medical robotics/technology
    • Preparation of successful grants, manuscripts, and conference presentations
  • At least 5 years of experience with collaborative work and maintaining relationships with engineers and scientists across institutes and industry towards maintenance of neuroArm & SYMBIS system and the development of neuroArmPLUS
  • Experience in supervising students is necessary
  • Must have experience with and knowledge of R&D
  • Research related experience and a strong publication record are necessary
  • Demonstrated independent managerial decision making skills is an asset
  • Strong analytical and trouble-shooting skills
  • Excellent oral and written English communication
  • Flexible and professional demeanor
  • Due to the collaborative nature of the program, demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team is necessary

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2019

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.


Please visit the University of Calgary’s career opportunities page; Job Opening ID #18167

This position is part of Research Career Band, Level 4 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. (Salary range $42.47 - $67.96/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

Contact information: hrhire @

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Posted 2019-04-29

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