Senior Research Assistant

Senior Research Assistant

Job Description


Job Title: Senior Research Assistant

Term: April 2016 - March 2017 with possibility of extension

Status: Part-Time (.60FTE)

Location: Burnaby, BC


Position Overview


The Adolescent Health Lab in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University seeks a Senior Research Assistant to provide direct support to the Principal Investigator (PI) by coordinating and participating in the collection of follow-up data in the context of our large-scale, intensive evaluation study throughout the province of British Columbia.


The Adolescent Health Lab is a research group in the Department of Psychology and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at SFU. Our research team developed an attachment-based intervention for parents and alternatecaregivers of adolescents with emotion and behaviour problems. This research builds on evidence about the risk factors associated with problem behaviours and the role of healthy relationships in ameliorating risk for adolescent boys andgirls.




Data Collection Support – Program Evaluation Research Project


∑      Coordinate the follow-up study and undertake phone calls to study participants supporting their completion and return of questionnaires

∑      Assist with follow-up documents by regularly updating tracking records of ongoing treatment groups, study participant consent and other related databases

∑      Assist with preparation and distribution of evaluation materials (e.g, questionnaires, leader documents, etc.) to study participants

∑      Update participant contact information and questionnaire completion during active study phase and follow-up phase

∑      Complete reminder calls and to track participants who have moved or have changed their email/phone contact

∑      Prepare, send and track honoraria for study participants

∑      Maintain positive and well-established relationships with study participants and program facilitators throughout all study phases

∑      Draft ethics amendments and annual renewals for primary and adjunct studies

∑      Receive, organize and file incoming all study materials

∑      Ensure the integrity and confidentiality of all outgoing correspondence and incoming study data

∑      Respond promptly and sensitively to facilitator and participant inquiries via email and/or telephone as needed

∑      Oversee and direct undergraduate junior research assistants in completion of data collection.

∑      Other research activities as required



Additional Requirements

24 hours a week, with the possibility of increasing to full-time work (i.e., 40 hours per week). Weekend and evening hours are not typically required, although this may be needed under exceptional circumstances. The ResearchCoordinator will work in an office on the Burnaby Mountain campus of SFU.



This position requires a minimum of an undergraduate degree in a social science discipline and preference will be given to applicants with a graduate degree (MA or equivalent). Direct experience working within a clinical trial context is a strong asset. The Senior Research Assistant must demonstrate excellent communication skills, excellent in oral and written communication, meticulous attention to detail, problem solving and project management skills, andresourcefulness. Experience with program evaluation principles and working with adolescents and/or their families in clinical settings are additional assets. Computer literacy and knowledge of database software are essential. Experienceshould include demonstrable success working in fast-paced results-oriented contexts in collaboration with a broad range of individuals (e.g., researchers, clinicians, families, and community and government stakeholders). This position requires superior and extensive interpersonal, organizational, and communication (both oral and written) skills, as well as the ability to learn quickly and function both independently and as part of a team.


Interested applicants are invited to submit their applications with the subject line ìSFU Senior Research Assistant Position Applicationî containing a copy of their cover letter, CV, and two professional references via email Salary will be dependent upon education level, past experience and grant/funding guidelines.


Only applicants short-listed for an in-person interview will be contacted. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2016.



Kristen Archbell, DPNet Administrator

Pickering Centre for Research in Human Development