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Research Coordinator, Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Science

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Job ID: 14613

Updated: January 17, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Geoscience in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Research Coordinator . This Part-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 8 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Research Coordinators conduct research, produce reports, and are responsible for the coordination and administration of research programs or projects. This position will plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities surrounding a research program or project, including quality control. The Research Coordinator work independently on day to day duties, providing direct support to the Principle Investigator (PI). Other duties may include; supervision of research staff, ensuring work spaces and supplies are readily available, and collaborating with other internal and external resources as needed.

This is a part-time position (0.4 FTE) with normal working hours (14 hours per week). This position is part of the AUPE Bargaining Unit and reports to Dr. Cathy Ryan.


Position Description

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

  • Participate in funding and research strategy sessions
  • Monitor and advise on the schedule, budget, quality and risk of research projects
  • Monitor and advise on the financial health of supervisor's research group to maximize cost-effective activities
  • Demonstrate strong communication, team and customer service skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines
  • Manage reporting requirements (including annual reporting to NSERC and quarterly reporting to industry sponsors)
  • Manage the budget for other research streams as possible
  • Conduct the day-to-day management of research team when needed
  • Establish and maintain effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, immediate supervisor and senior management and with the campus community
  • Occasionally represent research team at national and international meetings, conferences, and seminars
  • Facilitate field and lab-work planning, (including equipment and supply ordering), research meetings
  • Mentor students in research data collection, collation, interpretation, and presentation
  • Responsible for and provide training in reliable and safe operation of some field / lab equipment
  • Serve as role model by maintaining a clean and safe work area
  • Understand and comply with the requirements of the University, Faculty, and Department Occupational Health and Safety Policy
  • Facilitate recruitment of highly qualified personnel (HQP)
  • Respond to community enquiries and new opportunities
  • Identify and pursue national and international research and development opportunities

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree required in a Geoscience related field
  • Master's Degree preferred in a Geoscience related field
  • Minimum of 3 years of related experience
  • Ability to plan and direct research and administrative actives within a team environment
  • Ability to provide support to other members of the team, and related units or teams
  • Ability to solve complex problems
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of research ethics and regulations for granting agencies
  • Demonstrated proficiency in budgeting, resource planning, and grant applications
  • Understanding of safety codes, technical equipment and quality assurance procedures, as related to specialization
  • Knowledge of University core business systems is desirable

Application Deadline: January 12, 2018

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 I.

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 Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science .


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