The University of British Columbia (UBC)

Research Associate

The University of British Columbia (UBC)

Vancouver, Canada

The School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at the University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus is seeking a full-time Research Associate for a three year commitment, with an initial appointment of one year. The position is with SPPH, and will be located at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS), a UBC Faculty of Medicine research centre at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Located at St. Paul’s Hospital, CHÉOS is an interdisciplinary collective founded to pursue excellence in health outcomes research. In addition to conducting its own research, the Centre’s other primary function is to offer methodological expertise to other researchers, including assistance with study design, statistics, health economics, data management, and grant facilitation for both health outcomes research and clinical trials. The Centre consists of over 80 faculty members and over 130 staff and research personnel.

The Research Associate will collaborate with a variety of academics and practitioners to play an active role in developing research proposals, writing manuscripts for publication and other related documents. Primary activities of the Research Associate include:

  • Providing statistical, methodological, and analytic support/direction to interdisciplinary researchers
  • Leading and collaborating on research projects, analyzing results, and presenting findings at meetings and conferences
  • Preparing publications and authoring the methods sections in grant applications
  • Participating in training, supervising, and mentoring junior researchers and statisticians
  • Performing in-depth statistical modeling of health data, using conventional, Bayesian, and other advanced mathematical methods
  • Collaborating with investigators on the design, conduct, analysis, and reporting of randomized clinical trials and observational studies
  • Developing new statistical methods and analysis strategies as needed to support applied research

The position requires exceptional statistical and methodological judgment to identify and recommend sound analytic techniques for research projects. Error would result in publication of inadequately analyzed data, as well as the loss of productivity for the investigators, the potential loss of renewal of grant funding and damage to the University and Centre’s reputations.

Supervision Received

Works independently under minimal supervision from the Program Head – Biostatistics, CHÉOS.  

Supervision Given

The incumbent may be required to supervise and mentor trainees and statisticians involved in the research program.


  • A Ph.D. degree in Statistics or Biostatistics
  • Demonstrated expertise in collaborating and contributing to research
  • Excellent self-driven and independent research skills with a strong work ethic
  • A good publication and successful grant application record
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong statistical programming skills (R, SAS®, C++, etc.)
  • Ability to take the lead on writing statistical analysis plans and statistical reports, manuscripts, abstracts, and other documents reporting study findings
  • Preference will be given to candidates with collaborative experience in a health services research setting

This position is located within a health-care facility, therefore, the successful candidate will be required to provide verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by a provincial health mandate.

UBC Posting: JR7643

Department: Hubert Wong Laboratory CEOS | School of Population and Public Health | Faculty of Medicine (Hubert Wong)

Posting End date: September 4, 2022

This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus in British Columbia, Canada.

Please refer to reference number NC-56448 during correspondence about this position.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

About UBC
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

About UBC’s Faculty of Medicine
Our Vision: To Transform Health for Everyone.

Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine. Across British Columbia, more than 11,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors, health care professionals and scientists, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

The Faculty of Medicine – comprised of approximately 2,200 administrative support, technical/research and management and professional staff, as well approximately 650 full-time academic and more than 9,000 clinical faculty members – is composed of 19 academic basic science and/or clinical departments, three schools, and 24 research centres and institutes. Together with its University and Health Authority partners, the Faculty delivers innovative programs and conducts research in the areas of health and life sciences. Faculty, staff and trainees are located at university campuses, clinical academic campuses in hospital settings and other regionally based centres across the province.

About Vancouver
Vancouver is a dynamic, cosmopolitan and progressive city, consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live in the world. Canada’s third largest city has it all: sea, parks, mountains, beaches, and four seasons per year, including beautiful summers and mild, wet winters with snow in the mountains. It’s the perfect backdrop to your academic research.

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Quote Reference: NC-56448