University of British Columbia Study Coordinator Part Time in Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia

Branch Vancouver BC CA

Study Coordinator
Vancouver, BC

Accuracy and attention to detail, for both experimental techniques and record-keeping. The coordinator will be responsible for contacting potential study…

Under general supervision, the study coordinator will perform complex technical tasks requiring a good knowledge of the procedures gained through education and experience in research laboratory procedures and techniques. The coordinator will be responsible for contacting potential study participants who have consented to be contacted, for recruiting study participants, for collecting pertinent medical histories and results of diagnostic imaging (including diagnostic imaging and copies of the images themselves), for data entry and for maintaining a database of study participants. The study coordinator will also have to have the ability to analyse lists of rare genetic variants, to compare rare variants between affected and unaffected family members, and between different families.

Given that contact with busy colleagues, patients and families (in-person, over the telephone and online) is required, the study coordinator will be expected to have exceptionally good manners, exceptionally good listening skills, exceptionally good speaking skills, exceptionally good writing skills and skill at counselling. Prior experience in nursing, genetic counselling and/or human research studies would be a strong asset.

In addition, the study coordinator will be expected to assist in the preparation of grants, ethics applications and updates, safety applications, budgets and articles for publication.

The study coordinator will work in a scientific laboratory affiliated with the University of British Columbia, and be subject to the University’s workplace safety rules. The study coordinator will work with chemicals and biological agents. Hazards typical in a molecular biology research facility with a Level 2 designation for the tissue culture facility will be present. The study coordinator will be expected to maintain UBC certification in general lab safety, and in the use of biohazards and chemical hazards. Occasional work outside of normal working hours (early mornings, evenings, weekends) may be required, based on the needs of the project. Compensating time off will be provided for time spent outside of normal working hours.

Organizational Status

The individual will report directly to the principal investigator, Dr. Gibson. Results will be reviewed and additional experiments outlined on a daily or bi-weekly basis. The study coordinator will interact with members of this and other laboratories regarding shared equipment and protocols. The individual will attend weekly meetings of all laboratory workers and present the results of that week’s work.

Work Performed

Communication with Study Participants, including:
– Obtaining personal medical histories
– Obtaining family medical histories
– Obtaining informed consent
– Obtaining confirmatory medical records
-Other related duties, as required

“Dry Lab” and “Wet Lab” work, including:
– Obtaining DNA samples via post or pickup from the blood collection lab
– Organizing DNA extraction, quality assurance and sendout
– Maintaining the study database
– Analysis and comparison of rare variant lists
-Other related duties, as required

Scientific Communication, including:
– Assistance with the preparation of grant applications
– Assistance with the preparation of articles for publication
– Assistance with the preparation of applications necessary for the research to proceed (e.g. applications to Research Ethics Boards for approval of protocols involving animal and/or human subjects, applications for a license to use radioisotopes)
-Other related duties, as required

Supervision Received

The study coordinator will receive detailed instructions on the assignment of new duties, and thereafter only on new or unusual problems. The study coordinator will work within defined guidelines but will be expected to take initiative and prospective action in scheduling and completing tasks. New or unusual problems would be referred to the Principal Investigator or his designate.

Supervision Given

From time to time, the study coordinator may be required to supervise other members of the lab (e.g. other technicians, graduate students, summer students, work-study students, etc.) in the performance of techniques related to their projects. Requests for assistance and/or supervision from other lab members are expected to be honoured in a timely manner, in order to foster a collaborative atmosphere.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The study coordinator will make important decisions affecting the viability of the study and affecting the quality of the data generated. Errors will likely result in misclassification or mislabelling of samples, potentially delaying or preventing the identification of the causative genetic variant(s) among members of participating families. Incompetence or incorrect decisions could jeopardize research progress, collaborations, finances and employee safety, and could impact future funding applications to continue the research. Work performed will be checked by the Principal Investigator. Repeated instances of inappropriate judgment will result in intervention by the PI.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. University degree (Master’s preferred) or equivalent, in a related field, with a minimum of two years’ related experience, preferably within a molecular biology/genetics research environment or health care environment. The two years’ related experience may overlap with the university degree, depending on the nature of the degree (e.g. MSc in Genetic Counselling). -Accuracy and attention to detail, for both experimental techniques and record-keeping
-Knowledge of general laboratory techniques
-Proven technical skills and experience in molecular biology preferred
-Proficiency with MS Word, Excel and databases; additional computer skills will be an asset
-Specific knowledge of human genome browsers (Entrez, EnsEMBL, UCSC) will be considered an asset
-Specific knowledge of human genomic databases (e.g. OMIM, ClinVar, ExAC, gnomAD) will be considered an asset
-The ability to work effectively, both independently and within a team environment is required
-Effective oral and written communication, analytical and interpersonal skills are essential
-Excellent organizational skills and ability to learn new skills quickly
-Proven ability to multi-task in a deadline-oriented environment with minimal supervision
-UBC certification in general lab safety, and in the use of biohazards and chemical hazards (or ability to receive such training immediately) is required

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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: 2018-04-04
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