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BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and families. It provides a broad range of specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BC Women’s is one of the largest maternity facilities in Canada, with over 7,000 births a year, and is both the major primary and secondary maternity services provider in the Lower Mainland and the cornerstone of the provincial tertiary care system. As an academic health centre BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and the education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve. 


BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BCCH. SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the Child and Family Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.


BCW and BCCH are agencies of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose



Children's & Women's Health Centre

Women's Health Research Institute

Research Assistant

Reference # 64720

Temporary Full-time (1.00 FTE)

Start Date: December 18, 2017

End Date: December 21, 2018 (12 months)

Vancouver, BC


In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.      Reporting to the Research Manager or designate, the Research Project Assistant is responsible for providing support for a wide range of administrative duties that are pertinent to conducting and carrying out research activities.  These duties include but are not limited to: conducting research literature searches and reviews, editing and formatting reports and articles for submission to journals and assisting with the recruitment of research participants and the consent process.




• Conducts relevant and timely research literature searches and reviews on various topics related to the research project. Collates and synthesizes information into a written format such as reports and articles to assist Investigators and Managers for grant applications and journal submissions. 
• Participates in meetings and gathers background materials and documents specific to research topics. 
• Assists in the recruitment of suitable research project participants by performing duties such as contacting eligible participants, communicating research projects goals and processes to participants, answering participant questions and reviewing and witnessing consent forms. 
• Collects data for research by administering questionnaires or extracting data from hospital health records as directed by the Research Manager or PI. 
• Types consent forms as directed and assembles research participant packages with appropriate documents according to PI’s and ethics guidelines. 
• Responds to verbal and written communication and liaises internally and externally to respond to, share information and clarify details on specific research project and data such as number of participants enrolled. 
Maintains databases and spreadsheets and enters project data as required.



A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree in a field such as public health, health sciences, statistics or psychology and two (2) years of recent, related experience in a health research environment conducting literature searches. 

Knowledge of library database searching methods. Knowledge of the process of research projects from proposals to publications. Knowledge of scientific terminology and research methodology in the health sector. Proficiency in computer applications using word processing, database and internet applications and tools. Ability to apply sound research skills and organize various data for record and collection purposes. Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion while using confidential information. Effective oral and written communications skills. Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to work both independently and within a multidisciplinary team.


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