Research Coordinator
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, CA
6d ago

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.

Responsibilities

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

  • Other duties or opportunities may arise as needed
  • Qualifications

  • 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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