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Research Assistant in Biomedical Ethics

 McGill Biomedical Ethics Unit is inviting applications for a full-time research assistant (RA) for a recently funded project on Cancer Personalized Medicine.  The project will investigate how evidence on the utility of cancer diagnostics changes over time, and factors associated with overestimation of clinical utility.  The selected candidate will become a member of an innovative and world-class research team.

 The research assistant will work under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Kimmelman at McGill.  Primary responsibilities will include research tasks, including: data collection and analysis; methods troubleshooting; and policy analysis of findings.  Run literature searches to identify studies that test survival advantage of predictive markers in cancer; occasionally interfacing with informaticians.  Collate those articles and extract them according to a developed template.  Perform some analyses- under a supervised protocol and with professional data analysts- of articles in the context of a systematic review / meta-analysis.   Maintain careful records of research and data.  Assist with drafting manuscripts; possibility of presenting some work at conferences. May be involved with other projects in the context of: extraction of preclinical studies relevant to the predictive biomarker study; extraction of other trials.   In addition, the research assistant will coordinate meetings, manage databases and documentation, and assist the team leadership in various administrative tasks.

We anticipate a starting date of Spring 2014.  The preferred candidate must have a Master’s degree in the Biomedical Sciences or Epidemiology or an Undergraduate degree in the Biomedical Sciences.  Major competencies include: ability to work independently and meet deadline; excellent written and oral communication skills; research skills, ability to work with computers, and ability to absorb knowledge from different disciplines. Preferred candidates should have some knowledge of one or more of these three areas: cancer, clinical trials, and/or bioethics.

 This is a unionized position and is governed by the AMURE Collective Agreement.  

Review of applications will proceed on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications should include a cover letter describing interest, a CV, and the contact information for 3 references.    Please note only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

 Applications can be sent electronically or by post to:

Jonathan Kimmelman, PhD

Biomedical Ethics Unit / Social Studies of Medicine

McGill University

3647 Peel St.

Montreal, QC H3A 1X1

jonathan [dot] kimmelman [at] mcgill [dot] ca

For details about the research project, visit http://www.mcgill.ca/biomedicalethicsunit/faculty/kimmelman/



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