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Research Assistant, BABEL

Research Assistant, BABEL

Requisition ID 
Job Category  
1100 - Public Health & Health Systems
Job Status 
Temporary Appointment (Contract)
Hiring Range 
$40,264 - $50,330

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Term: 3 years


Reporting to the principal investigator and research coordinator, we are seeking a Research Assistant (RA) that will support data collection activities in long-term care homes across Ontario. The RA will collect data, and ensure that this collection is complete and of high quality. Better outcomes for frail Elderly patients (BABEL): Advance Care Planning in Long Term Care is a national research study led by Dr. George Heckman (Schlegel Research Chair in Geriatric Medicine, University of Waterloo) and Dr. Allan Garland (University of Manitoba) in collaboration with a team of Canadian researchers. This research study is looking to improve advance care planning in Canadian LTC homes. A knowledge translation intervention will be tested in the cluster-randomized study, which involves 24 long term care (LTC) homes across three provinces (Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta). The goal of this study is to evaluate if a standardized approach to implementation can reduce or eliminate the presence of discordance between residents’ ACP wishes and the care they actually receive when they become acutely ill.


This role is contingent on funding. 


Data Collection

  • Conducts data collection measures as required, specifically focused on advance care planning and health related information
  • Data collection measures include but not limited to chart reviews, interviews, and surveys
  • Conduct and record face-to-face and/or telephone interviews with subjects, in accordance with predetermined interview protocol, data collection procedures and documentation standards
  • Ensures that data collected is of high quality and is securely collected and stored consistent with policies and procedures and Research Ethics Board requirements


Data Cleaning and Analysis

  • Review and edit data to ensure completeness and accuracy of information; follow up with subjects to resolve problems or clarify data collected
  • Transcribe recorded interviews


Reporting and Administrative

  • Assist the Research Coordinator with developing and maintaining records of research activities including periodic and ad hoc reports as required
  • Assist the Research Coordinator with coordination of interviews and schedules.
  • Assist with preparation of educational material and training sessions
  • Edit study material written by others
  • Assist with office tasks such as printing, filing, and photocopying
  • Attend project meetings and teleconferences
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Undergraduate degree, preferably in a health-related discipline
  • Experience in geriatrics and working with the older adult population in the long-term care setting
  • Experience conducting quantitative data collection
  • Experience supporting research at an academic department, research institute or organization under the direction of a principal investigator
  • Project management skills and initiative to work effectively and efficiently with superior attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and relationship building skills
  • Office computer and data management skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of quantitative research methodologies and the collection of data
  • Other requirements:
    • Must have a valid driver’s license registered with the provincial government and access to a reliable vehicle. The successful candidate may be required to travel to different research sites.
    • Some evening and weekend hours may be required
    • Sign a confidentiality agreement
    • Complete training (TCPS2) on the ethical conduct of research (on-line, 3 hours)
  • Must be self-directed, take initiative, and have the ability to draw upon exceptional organizational and communication skills in order to be successful