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 participantsAssessment of study outcomes including cognitive function, physical function, and other measuresData analysisContribution to the drafting of manuscripts, grant applicationsEthics 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 screeningParticipatory researchKnowledge 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