University of British Columbia Research Scientist, Translational Platform Part Time in Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia

Branch Vancouver BC CA

Research Scientist, Translational Platform
Vancouver, BC

ICORD is a world leading health research centre focused on spinal cord injury. Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and…

The purpose of this position is to provide intellectual support for the creation of a platform for the pre-clinical validation of treatments for spinal cord injuries (SCI). The research scientist will work with the Principal Investigator to determine best use of resources for the development and refinement of animal models of SCI, as well as determining which therapeutics to study, and in which animal models.

Organizational Status

Reports to the ICORD Managing Director, and a Principal Investigator whose research program is focused on preclinical laboratory studies in animal models of spinal cord injury. The research scientist will work closely with research the research team of technicians and trainees in the ICORD laboratory.
ICORD is a world leading health research centre focused on spinal cord injury. From the lab-based cellular level of understanding injury to rehabilitation and recovery, our researchers are dedicated to the development and translation of more effective strategies to promote prevention, functional recovery, and improved quality of life after spinal cord injury. Located at Vancouver General Hospital in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, ICORD is supported by the UBC Faculties of Medicine and Science and is part of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. This position is supported by the Blusson Integrated Cures Partnership (BICP), funded by the Rick Hansen Foundation. Visit www.icord.org.

Work Performed

1. Review, analyze, interpret and synthesize published studies documenting treatments that improve functional recovery after SCI.

2. Develop a relational database of all previous successful SCI treatments.

3. Design and implement research protocols to validate previously-published SCI treatments (including ensuring randomization, experimental blindness, overseeing experiments, monitoring the work of junior staff; analyzing results and data generated);

4. Participate in meetings with other lab members and principal investigators to refine strategy, goals, and scope of research project;

5. Present results of various stages of the validation process, in both written and oral presentations to a variety of audiences.

6. Prepare manuscripts for publication.

7. Prepare meta-analysis review papers for treatments for which there are multiple published papers.

8. Perform other research-related duties as required.

Supervision Received

During orientation, the supervisor will check work as assignments are completed. Once training is completed, work will only be checked by the Principal Investigator when new or unusual problems arise.

Supervision Given

Along with the PI, the Research Scientist oversees the work of graduate students and technicians.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Errors in the design, modification or development of research protocols, or errors in the analysis of data could result in the waste of researchers’ and students’ time, as well as expensive supplies, and lead to the finding of inaccurate results. This in turn could negatively impact the ability of the PI to attract the grant and contract funding necessary for continued research operations. Small errors, caught early enough, could be corrected by the Research Scientist. If the errors were significant, or allowed to affect the outcome of a research project, the intervention of the PI would be required.

Poor communication and poor team leadership could lead to loss of publishing opportunities, damage to the reputation for the PI and the lab, and loss of team morale, which would require the intervention of the PI to correct / solve.

In addition, the Research Scientist will be expected to comply with university policies on scholarly integrity. Breach of these policies could result in loss of research funding for the lab, serious damage to the reputation of the PI, and would result in disciplinary measures for the Research Scientist.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Graduate degree in neuroscience or zoology preferred. Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum two years related experience in a pre-clinical research environment. Ability to use MS Office, Photoshop, and statistical analysis programs at an intermediate level. Ability to perform online and manual scientific literature searches at an advanced level. Knowledge of grant application procedures and research methods. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, prioritization and analytical skills. Ability to work both independently and within a team environment. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Employment Type: Part Time
Location: Vancouver, BC, CA
Posted on: 2015-05-23
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