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Research Associate (Academic Integrity), Werklund School of Education

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Job ID: 24539

Updated: December 21, 2021

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Werklund School of Education invites applications for a Research Associate. This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 6 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Research Associate reports directly to the Principal Investigator, Werklund School of Education (WSE). The incumbent will provide independent, and specialized research and analytical support to multiple research projects focused on academic integrity. This may include planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and evaluating the activities surrounding a research program or project(s), including quality control.  Mentorship of research assistants, trainees and graduate/undergraduate students will also be involved, as will assisting and contributing to publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at academic conferences.

This position is part of the AUPE Collective Bargaining Unit. Due to the nature of the work, this position may experience occasional irregular workweeks, which will require the ability to be flexible to accommodate the research, special events, interviews, presentations, and any travel that could occur outside the regular workday.

The Research Associate will work with partners and stakeholders in academic integrity and will be part of a research team within the Werklund School of Education, as well as members research teams from partner universities. The research associate will pursue independent and collaborative research activities under the direction of the Principal Investigator and will be expected to support the publishing of the research findings in well-regarded journals in the area of expertise. This position will act as a resource to staff, students, and others, regarding the research in academic integrity.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Research Activities: 

  • Responsible for conducting literature searches and reviews, sourcing new and relevant findings to further enhance the research.
  • Recommend and pursue independent research and team research initiatives, with oversight of the PI, to further the research.
  • Write and present on research findings to the PI  and may be called on to present findings scholarly conferences and other professional meetings.
  • Collection of data and synthesis of information into manuscripts and documents, supporting the publication of findings in well-regarded journals.
  • Pursue and draft grant applications in support of the research, with oversight of the PI.
  • Provide editing, proofreading, and copy editing as needed.
  • Coordination of research meetings and interviews, including participating in question development and note taking.
  • Work with external research partners in the refining of results, models, frameworks, and initiatives informed by the research.
  • Produce monthly reports on behalf of the PI, working closely and collaboratively with the research team.
  • Deal effectively with complex issues using judgement and initiating resolutions.
  • Oversee and manage the project timelines and deadlines and competing interests requiring long-term planning and strategies.
  • Refine and monitor project outcomes and closeout of projects.
  • Operate at times with little supervision.
  • May manage projects and provide advice and mentorship to others.
  • Design, implement, monitor, and consult with stakeholders on projects and programs
  • Assist in leading project plans from conception to completion.
  • Act as primary liaison between research team, national and international collaborators.
  • Represent research team at national and international meetings, conferences, and seminars.
  • Conduct qualitative research involving data collection and qualitative data analysis, including specialized methodologies such as hermeneutic or narrative approaches.
  • May have moderate budget management responsibilities.
  • Identify and pursue national and international research and development opportunities.
  • Build collaborative relationships with stakeholders.

Administrative Activities:

  • Coordinate travel arrangements for the PI and research collaborators.
  • Process expenses and invoices for the PI and research project.
  • Organize venues and catering for special events.
  • Ensure all documentation is organized and filed appropriately.
  • Other administrative support duties as assigned or required.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in education or other related discipline.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of research experience is required.
  • Advanced skills in qualitative research are required. Experience conducting interviews, focus groups and triangulation of multiple data sources is required.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills with the proven ability to work cooperatively in a research team.
  • Ability to lead, direct and mentor others including undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, and research assistants.
  • Must have a strong record of publications, writing, and contributions to research.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are a necessity.
  • Proven ability to work independently, in a team environment with minimal supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and effectively work with stakeholders, dealing with tact and diplomacy in all situations.
  • High level of understanding and capability in research documentation and administrative practices.
  • Ability to retain knowledge of a variety of informational resources and requirements.
  • Intermediate to expert user of the technical systems, including Microsoft Office Suite, PeopleSoft, referencing software (e.g., Mendeley) and web navigation.
  • Understanding of University environment would be an asset.

Application Deadline:  December 06, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Werklund School of Education visit Careers in the Werklund School of Education.

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