VCHRI: Research Assistant

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
7 June 2024
Vancouver, British Columbia
Closing Date
June 20, 2024


Location: Vancouver General Hospital - Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre

Job profile: Non Union Salaried - Research Assistant /Technician 3

Department: Clinical Research Unit | Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute | Faculty of Medicine

Compensation range: $4,434.02 - $5,228.81 CAD Monthly

Job status: Full-Time

Job end date: June 30, 2025

Reference#: JR17494

This position is located within a health-care facility, therefore, the successful candidate will be required to provide verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by a provincial health mandate.

At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career.


Job description summary

The Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) Clinical Research Unit (CRU) assists VCH/UBC investigators to conduct human clinical trials of biomedical or health-related research that follows a pre-defined protocol. Trials can be industry funded, grant funded or investigator initiated. The CRU is operated by the VCHRI which is affiliated with the University of British Columbia. The Research Assistant can be assigned at multiple locations including but not limited to the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, UBC Hospital, and individual departments and divisions within VGH.

The VCHRI CRU is committed to the pursuit of excellence in clinical trial services and to promoting research at VCH by providing these services to investigators from all disciplines. The VCHRI CRU is also dedicated to developing a reputation as a site where quality industry sponsored, grant funded, and investigator initiated trials can be undertaken. All research in the VCHRI CRU is conducted with the highest standards of good clinical practice (GCP).

The research assistant will assist with the clinical trial services as described in the work below.

Organizational status

This position reports directly to the VCHRI CRU Director who will direct the research assistant in all research activities. The research assistant works with investigators, research coordinators and study subjects and will work independently on a day-to-day basis.

Work performed

  • Reviews research timelines and ensures studies are running smoothly and according to schedule
  • Coordinates study procedures which could include booking appointments and reminder follow up calls to subjects, screening, consenting, enrollment, and participants study follow-up calls; conducts study questionnaires and performs assessments, review medical charts for past medical history and current medications
  • Oversees the process of data collection and data entry to ensure accurate and timely data collection; electronic data entry of collected data
  • Administers study files and subject records, ensuring their accuracy, accessibility and confidentiality is maintained
  • Log services and supplies used
  • Perform quality assurance monitoring of equipment and space
  • Blood sample collection and processing (centrifuge & aliquot)
  • Monitor subjects for adverse events to blood draw
  • Actively participates in team meetings, provide regular updates on research activities; establishes effective communication with all team members; ensures timely notification to the VCHRI CRU manage of issues or problems
  • Works collaboratively with other research coordinators and VCHRI CRU team members
  • Performs other research tasks and provides research support as directed by the VCHRI CRU Director

Consequence of error/judgement

The research assistant must perform duties according to GCP guidelines and be independently motivated, organized, and detailed oriented. The Research Assistant is required to conduct all research activities in an ethical manner, suited to the proper activities of the University of British Columbia and those governing the activities of the institution. Any procedures or data recorded must be accurate and must accurately reflect the work performed. Strict confidentiality of all study participants must be adhered to. Breaches in confidentiality, inattention to detail, and data entry errors could have significant effect on the integrity of the research, which could impact funding and the reputation of Investigators and the VCHRI CRU. All activities involving participants are accountable to the VCHRI CRU Director and Executive Director, VCHRI.

Supervision received

Directly supervised by the VCHRI CRU Director. The research assistant must be able to complete the various study tasks independently.

Supervision given

  • None

Minimum qualifications

  • Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own
  • Demonstrates a commitment to enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Preferred qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute.
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) certificate and registration with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC) an asset.
  • Venipuncture certificate (or willingness to obtain certification).
  • Current CPR Certification (or willingness to obtain certification).
  • Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with people in a health care, academic, and/or research environment with knowledge of medical, clinical and research terminology.
  • Knowledge of International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Regulations.
  • Training in WHMIS, Chemical Safety, Biological Safety and Transportation of Dangerous Goods preferred.
  • Ability to operate job related equipment - i.e. centrifuge, -80 freezers, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability with computers and to effectively use MS Word, Excel, Power Point, spreadsheets, databases and electronic communications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to deal with tact and respect with a diversity of people.
  • Ability to conduct job-related interviews to obtain accurate, complete, and relevant information in order to determine suitability for studies, and, where applicable, obtain patient consent.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, prioritize workload and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of efficiency, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and maintain confidentiality.
  • High motivation, initiative, and ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Ability to think critically, analyze, interpret data and respond in a broad range of activities with a high level of independence.Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.
  • Demonstrated initiative and the willingness to work closely with members of a research team to ensure probelms are resolved quickly and appropriately.

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