Research AssociateClinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Calgary, Alberta 1 May

University of Calgary

  • Description

    Job ID 18167

    Position Overview

    The Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for 2 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

    This position reports to the Principal Investigator.

    Project neuroArm is a research program located within the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. The program has been responsible for the development and manufacture of the world’s first MR-compatible image-guided surgical robot capable of microsurgery and stereotaxy called neuroArm.

    The incumbent will be a medical professional with extensive training-experience in medical robotics.

    The research space includes four key areas: a haptic research and surgical performance laboratory, an advanced engineering and prototyping laboratory, an experimental operating theatre and a telementoring and debriefing room. In addition, the neuroArm robot has been successfully integrated into the 3.0T intra-operative MRI system located at the Seaman Family MR Research Centre. The incumbent will need to have high-level skill set to foster and advance this translation, extending into the operating room environment.
    Project neuroArm seeks to look both inwards, increasing our medical research productivity here, as well as outwards, to connect with the broader community.

    Position Description

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

    Consolidating sustainability & Research
    • Involved in strategic planning and future recruitment
    • Seek fundraising and grant opportunities
    • Identify Connectivity-Collaboration (locally and internationally) opportunities
    • Attend and represent Project neuroArm at workshops and symposiums
    • Maintain valuable communication between PI and industry maintaining discretion where appropriate
    • Conduct independent research and bring results to successful publication
    • Monitor and control the schedule, quality and risks of project undertaken by the research group
    • Design original research methodology and execute all aspects of scientific study, including evaluation and interpretation of research data, manuscripts and patent publication, presentation at national and international conferences and symposia
    • Organize and host delegates for workshops and seminars to exchange ongoing knowledge in the field of medical robotics
    • Share knowledge and educate both public and professionals, as well as students if required, on the subject matter, or research findings
    • Identify funding agencies and philanthropic communities, and prepare comprehensive grant proposals to advance ideas and innovation, towards endorsement for future sustainability of the research program,
    • Increase Canada’s competitive advantage in surgical robotics and simulation technologies
    • Maintain collaboration with companies for research and commercialization activities

    Infrastructure Operation and Maintenance
    • Ensures that tasks are completed in a proficient and timely manner, according to the needs of the project and the requests of the PI
    • Oversees all aspects of the Project neuroArm infrastructure, including, electronic, electrical, mechanical, computer equipment
    • Oversees all aspects of project neuroArm infrastructure as they relate to clinical translation, including working with Alberta Health Services
    • Ensure smooth operation and maintenance of the neuroarm, its research environment including Advanced Haptic Environment, various state-of-the-art haptic hand controllers, industrial robots, 3D printer, multiple virtual reality workstations, multiple Surgical Simulation Systems, Advanced Surgical Instrumentation, Robot Data Archival and Visualization Environment, CyberGlove and CyberGrasp sensory/haptic systems, real 3D display, experimental operating room, tele-conferencing and tele-mentoring facility, confocal microscope, and Surgical Simulation and Visualization Table

    Setup and Maintenance
    • Involved in the setup and maintenance of neuroArm Prototype Neurosurgical Robot, the second generation of the robot, SYMBIS and the present in-development neuroArm PLUS
    • Suggest improvements and strategic directions
    • Maintains general maintenance of equipment and equipment repairs
    • Writes and updates any operating procedures/manuals/documentation
    • Procurement of excellent tools and equipment for the advancement of surgical robotic research

    Leadership and Staff management
    • Provide direction and oversight to employees within lab
    • Coordination of lab staff, students across multiple sites
    • Performance manage, discipline and terminate as required
    • Coach and mentor staff and students
    • Ensure that work assigned is completed in timely manner
    • Ensures that staff are pleasant and respectful of all clients and co-workers
    • Ensures regular work attendance

    Qualifications / Requirements:
    • Medical Degree and PhD Degree in Clinical Neurosciences required
    • At least 5 years of experience in training and working with undergraduate and graduate students
    • At least 5 years of experience in medical technologies and their integration
    • At least 5 years of experience in medical robotics
    • At least 5 years of experience in neuroscience
    • At least 5 years of experience in courses, workshops, clinical and experimental work relative to medical robotics/technology
    • At least 5 years of experience preparation of successful grants, manuscripts, and conference presentations
    • At least 5 years of experience with collaborative work and maintaining relationships with engineers and scientists across institutes and industry towards maintenance of neuroArm & SYMBIS system and the development of neuroArmPLUS
    • Experience in supervising students is necessary
    • Must have experience with and knowledge of R&D
    • Research related experience and a strong publication record are necessary
    • Demonstrated
  • Number of vacancies: 1
  • Requirements

  • Minimum education level: Ph.D.
  • Years of experience: 5
  • Language(s): English
  • Knowledge: Microsoft Access
  • Availability for travel: No
  • Availability for change of residence: No

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Job summary

  • Research Associate

  • Employer

    University of Calgary

  • Location

    Calgary, Alberta

  • Work type

    Full Time

  • Type of contract

    Temporary contract

  • Salary

    Negotiable

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