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Research Officer

by The University of Western Ontario

Reference #: 21968
Position Type: Contract
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Sep 01, 2021
Experience: 3 Years
Education: Masters or PhD
The University of Western Ontario

Job Description

Job ID: 21968
Faculty/Unit: Faculty of Health Sciences
Department: Nursing – Office of the Director
Employee Group: Non-Union
Appointment Type: Contract
Appointment Status: Temporary Full-Time

Classification & Regular Hours
Hours per Week: 28
Salary Grade: 14

Please note, this is a wholly grant funded, 2-year temporary full time contract opportunity. This contract will include a comprehensive benefits package.

About Western
With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.

About Us
The Faculty of Health Sciences is a large, diverse, and comprehensive unit, comprised of six Schools (Nursing, Kinesiology, Health Studies, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders), a large Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and four Research Centres. The Faculty has more than 3,200 undergraduate students and more than 800 graduate students (200 PhD students).
The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing will educate nurses who are reflective practitioners and provide recognized leadership in nursing research, theory, practice, inter-professional health teaching and learning, and policy advancements.

To achieve this mission, our research programs focus on developing knowledge capable of enhancing health equity by transforming practice, services, education and policies that affect health and well-being across the lifespan. Research programs reflect 5 overlapping areas of strength: Women’s Health; Violence, Gender and Health; Digital Health; Mental Health; and Global and Indigenous Health. 

With the generous support of our alumni, the Nursing Research Unit (NRU) was created in 1993 to build the capacity of both faculty and graduate students to develop, carry out and mobilize high calibre, impactful programs of research. The Associate Director (Research) has led these efforts, and in the past two decades, research productivity has grown exponentially such that the School is now acknowledged as a leading research-intensive academic unit producing scholarship with national and international impact.
Working with the Associate Director (Research), the Research Officer provides critical infrastructure support that promotes research excellence, innovation and impact to assist the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing in achieving its research mandate. The Research Officer will provide critical research grant facilitation and support, support and contribute to the strategic planning and reporting of research activity, and will provide guidance, mentoring, training and capacity development in collaboration with the Associate Director (Research). The Research Officer will monitor and support financial administration of the Nursing Research Unit provide project-specific financial management advice and support to ensure compliance with existing guidelines, and for reporting and forecasting. The Research Officer will also collaborate to develop research communications and knowledge mobilization and will implement other priority initiatives established by the School with respect to research and scholarship. 

-   Master’s degree in a health or social science discipline  
-   PhD in a health or social sciences discipline is preferred

-   3 years' experience with coordinating projects or program in a research environment 
-   Experience assisting in the preparation of grant applications and ethics submissions 
-   Experience in budget development and financial administration 
-   Experience reviewing research proposals, promoting research communications and knowledge mobilization/innovation activities.
Preferred Experience:  
-   Previous experience in research services or partnership development in a research-intensive University
-   Experience contributing to research and peer-reviewed publication in areas that align with one or more of the research strengths in the school of Nursing
-   Previous research experience and/or training related to equity/social justice, applied research methods, working with diverse populations, including Indigenous peoples
-   Experience working in inter-disciplinary teams of researchers and with non-academic partners
-   Previous experience developing and enacting Knowledge Mobilization strategies

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
-   Demonstrated knowledge of research principles and methods (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods) 
-   Communication skills to write clearly, and adapt oral and written communication style and content for individuals at all levels of the organization and with external stakeholders 
-   Critical thinking skills to analyze problems, and collect information required to make an accurate conclusion
-   Ability to provide solutions and ideas for improvement by using imaginative approaches where constructive thinking and innovation are required
-   Discretion, tact and maturity to deal with highly confidential subjects or issues
-   Resourceful with a strong sense of accountability and initiative; able to work independently with little supervision
-   Demonstrated ability to develop effective, respectful, mutually beneficial relationships with varied stakeholders (e.g. academics, students, service providers, policy makers)
-   Financial skills to monitor research project funds and expenditures to promote the effective use of resources
-   Intermediate computer skills with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word) and database management software 
Western Values Diversity
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please apply directly online to job reference number 21968 on the Working at Western website.

Please Note:
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.