Research Associate in Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Repair

Dr. Eve Tsai’s regenerative neuroscience program is hiring a research associate to join our team. Our main research interests are centered is needed to support ongoing research activities in Brain and Spinal Cord Injury repair. The successful candidate will assess the following with respect to neurological tissue repair: biomaterials and bioengineered channels to repair the spinal cord and brain using growth factors, cell transplants and stem cells, nanotechnology, and microRNA. Experience with human or animal stem cell culture models and animal models of brain or spinal cord injury are assets. Experience with magnetic resonance imaging in humans or animals are also assets.

The Research Associate will independently plan, organize, and conduct research projects within the group. The successful candidate willhave considerable specialized expertise or knowledge in Brain and Spinal Cord Injury repair. The incumbent must know how to navigate and manage within a multidisciplinary team environment and have held a PhD degree for at least 5 years with considerable postdoctoral and relevant laboratory experience.

Experience in a research laboratory, good communication, good collaboration skills, good manuscript and grant preparation skills, motivated individual, organizational skills, and strong interest in research are also assets.

  • Performs environmental scans to identify potential new sources of funding
  • Establishes and maintains a database of potential funding agencies/programs with application details and deadlines for the Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Attends meetings with the PI and Co-Investigators and participate in brainstorming sessions for planning collaborative research projects
  • Plans research activities and provides research design for new/proposed research initiatives; determines the most appropriate methodology in carrying out identified research goals
  • Performs targeted literature reviews for planned Spinal Cord Injury Regeneration funding
  • Plans and develops research aims and objectives for funding applications in close collaboration with Brian and SCIR researchers
  • Determines the most appropriate strategy for carrying out grant writing activities
  • Leads the preparation of SCIR funding applications
  • Ensures submission of funding applications conforms to all Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa and funding agency policies and deadlines
  • Develops materials to support SCIR research and operations where required
  • Assists in the preparation of research publications when required
  • Coaches summer students and/or junior graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows where required
  • Supervises Research Technician and other laboratory personnel
  • Organizes and participates in SCIR meetings
  • Prepares correspondence, briefing notes, reports and other documentation as required
  • Performs other research and administrative duties as required

See publications for more information:
Tsai EC et al, Biomaterials, 2005, Tsai EC et al, Journal of Neurotrauma 2004

Basic Requirements (Education/Experience):
Applicants should have a PhD and at least 5 years of postdoctoral experience in the area of Spinal Cord Injury and Regeneration. The successful candidate will undertake research in understanding brain and spinal cord injury regeneration and be comfortable rodent models.

The incumbent will work for Dr. Eve Tsai and with the multidisciplinary team’s PI’s as well as collaborators and will supervise postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, design and perform experiments, writing grants and publish actively and will be responsible for all regulatory issues related to the managing of the PI’s laboratory.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a necessity as well as the ability to work and lead in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in a Neuroscience/Health Sciences discipline
  • Proven track record of successful funding applications (CIHR, NIH, NSERC, etc.)
  • Excellent organizational, time management and communications skills (written and verbal
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Advanced decision making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to work in a fast paced team environment and meet tight deadlines
  • Familiarity with Research Institute/University and Hospital policies and procedures
  • Ability to write research papers and present data at conferences
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Previous work/supervisory experience in an academic/clinical research setting would be an asset

Background in histology, immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry, fluorescence/confocal microscopy, cell culture and animal experience in the neurosciences is a necessity.

Benefits and Opportunities:
This is a full-time, one year contract with the possibility of renewal.

Salary Range for this position is $26.217/hr (min) to $35.563/hr (max).

Comments to applicant:
In order to be considered for the Research Associate Program all applicants must include a copy of their complete CV with description of research experience.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to perform original high-quality research in their chosen field. The initial appointment will normally be for a one year term. Appointments may be extended subject to the Associate”s performance and subject to the requirements of OHRI.

Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience.

Please forward your complete application, including cover letter, CV, and writing sample to Dr. Suzan Chen (suchen@toh.ca). Incomplete applications will not be considered.