University of Waterloo

  • Research Coordinator

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    1125 - Kinesiology
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $51,422 - $64,277
  • Overview

    Term: 14 months


    The research coordinator will work in the Brain & Body lab at the University of Waterloo. The research focus of the Brain & Body Lab is the development of behavioral strategies to prevent dementia, and the important role of exercise in these strategies. The Brain & Body Lab has two ongoing clinical trials among people at risk for or with dementia to measure the impact of exercise. Additional studies examine the short-term effects of exercise on mental functions, the creation of dementia-friendly exercise opportunities, and behavior change in the workplace. Other duties may be assigned as needed.


    This role is contingent on funding.


    Research Support & Coordination

    • The research coordinator will contribute to all parts of research in the Brain & Body Lab. This includes:
      • Delivery of exercise interventions to study participants
      • Assessment of study outcomes including cognitive function, physical function, and other measures
      • Data analysis
      • Contribution to the drafting of manuscripts, grant applications
      • Ethics submissions
    • The research coordinator organizes research group meetings and events, including lab meetings, training sessions, and other activities


    Engagement of Stakeholders

    • The research coordinator will engage and support relationships with community stakeholders and participants for the purpose of:
      • Participant recruitment and screening
      • Participatory research
      • Knowledge translation


    Supervision & Mentoring

    • Supervision of other research assistants in the lab
    • Coordination volunteers to assist on research studies
    • Mentorship and training of undergraduate and graduate students



    • Other duties or opportunities may arise as needed


    • Post-secondary degree or certificate in Kinesiology, Health Studies, or related field or equivalent education and research expertise
    • MA/MSc/PhD preferred
    • Certification to supervise exercise among at-risk populations (e.g., CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist) is required
    • Experience in exercise prescription and delivering of exercise to older adults
    • Experience in conducting human research, ideally including research with multiple sites or stakeholders
    • Experience interacting and communicating with people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment
    • Experience delivering programs to people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment preferred
    • Experience on assessment of cognitive and physical function preferred
    • Experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis preferred
    • Experience supervising volunteers or students preferred
    • Certification in CPR and first aid
    • Comfortable using MS Office and statistical analysis software (SPSS, SAS, or R)
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills
    • Ability to manage multiple projects and demands
    • Strong organizational skills for both project tasks and people
    • A successful criminal reference check for the vulnerable sector is required


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