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Relationships and Exercise Lab Research Coordinator, Faculty of Kinesiology

Job ID: 26548

Updated: August 4, 2022

Location: Main Campus

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Position Overview

The Faculty of Kinesiology invites applications for a Relationships and Exercise Lab Research Coordinator . This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The position involves working with a research group on a program of research examining how social support can be provided and facilitated by fitness professionals and service providers in group physical activity contexts for adults. This position reports to the Principal Investigator of the research group.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide assistance with coordination of the research team, ethics applications, literature reviews, data analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of research findings, and also includes participating in and contributing to research team meetings, conducting literature searches and summaries, assistance with writing, and other organizational and administrative duties for research projects related to methods to provide social support in physical activity settings, and creating educational materials for fitness instructors. The Research Coordinator responsibilities may include, but are not limited to assisting with coordinating and attending research team meetings, maintaining research and research team records, conducting literature searches and extracting relevant data, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, interpretation of data, writing and reporting of information for this project to academic, practitioner, and community audiences, as well as other administrative research related duties. The Research Assistant will work closely with the research team. Success in the role will require strong working knowledge and experience with qualitative and quantitative research in the area of social support, physical activity, and adult populations including older adults, and adults living with a chronic disease; strong knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature in the area of social support and physical activity with adults; and strong skills in judgment and decision making, following procedures and guidelines, and collaboration with the research team.

Position Description

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

Leadership and Project Management

  • Work independently on research activities and initiatives and ensure successful outcomes in close consultation with key researchers
  • Management, analysis, and interpretation of qualitative data, and some quantitative data
  • Create data reports to communicate findings to research team and for dissemination
  • Develop knowledge translation materials for academic, municipal, and community audiences
  • Contribute to creating and editing academic manuscripts and reports
  • Communicate with a research team that involves multiple partner academic institutions and non-academic research partners and stakeholders regarding the research process, milestones, and findings


  • Establish and maintain effective data and project record management
  • Provide support for organizing research team meetings, meetings with project partners and stakeholders, and communications among the research team
  • Manage time effectively to prioritize workflow and achieve deadlines
  • Ensure immediate reports to manager is kept informed of activities and progress of work
  • Assist with data collection and management for projects in the Relationships and Exercise Lab

Communications and reporting

  • Work closely with other research team members for planning data collection, knowledge translation events, and research team activities
  • Prepare and present reports for the research team, academic, municipal, and community audiences
  • Assist with completing progress and final reports
  • Assist with keeping the Relationships and Exercise Lab website up to date

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • MSc Degree in Kinesiology or other relevant field of study is required
  • 2-5 years experience in qualitative data analysis and interpretation and data analysis software (e.g., NVivo) is required
  • Previous experience with basic quantitative data analysis (including descriptive statistics and correlations) and software (SPSS) required
  • Strong expertise on the theoretical and empirical academic literature on aging, physical activity, and social support required
  • Advanced skills and experience working online, including coordinating and conducting research team meetings, and advanced skills with online platforms (i.e., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Qualtrics) required
  • Strong writing skills are required
  • Strong oral communication skills required
  • English language proficiency required
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently as well as in a team environment are critical to success
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills as well as a positive attitude
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), Internet skills
  • Ability to problem solve in complex situations
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Previous experience working in a university environment required
  • Knowledge of the University of Calgary processes and procedures is desirable

Application Deadline: August 18, 2022

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 1 .

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About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit .

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High , committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( [email protected] ) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ( [email protected] ).

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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