Research Assistant – Licensed Practical Nurse

With support from the Lead Investigator and the Research Coordinator, the Research Assistant will support the collection of data and will carry out blood and buccal sample collection. Data will be collected digitally using REDCap database software. Biological samples will be collected using a standard cheek swab and venipuncture.

The Research Assistant will receive full training regarding the research protocol.

Description of tasks

  • Communicate with participants to schedule sample collection.
  • Collect data – support participants as they complete study surveys.
  • Biological sampling – cheek swab collection and blood sample collection.
  • Stabilize samples and prepare them for transport.
  • Return samples to the research center.
  • Fill out logs and databases, verify contact information and identify participant samples.
  • Ensure compliance with all ethical and institutional requirements for participant recruitment, sample collection and interaction with patients.
  • Collaborate and communicate with research team members and clinical site personnel.
  • Monitor study progress to ensure that the study targets are met;
  • Data entry/maintenance.
  • Ensure the Montreal Antenatal Wellbeing Study is represented in a professional and positive way at all times.
  • Other tasks related to achieving the study’s objectives as assigned by the Research Coordinator.

Required qualifications

  • Good blood procurement and intravenous access skills.
  • Must be comfortable with sample collection in the participants' living environment.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Bilingualism: written and oral communication skills in English & French required - this will be tested during the interview.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a car – the Research Assistant will be required to travel between research sites and to collect samples in participants’ homes.
  • Experience with REDCap or other internet-based survey platforms. (Asset)

Required skills

  • Minimum of a nursing assistant diploma (LPN).
  • Must be a good standing member of the OIIAQ.
  • Research or clinical experience with pregnant mothers, mental health or perinatal mental health. (asset)

Required abilities

  • Ability to take initiative, set priorities, time-manage, and resolve problems.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Good critical thinking, communication, time management, and organizational skills.

Location of work

Variable – Remote, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinique de gynécologie et de maternité de LaSalle.

Will be required to travel for work?


Duration of the contract

Temporary, Part-time (six-month contract with possible extension)

Name of immediate supervisor

Cindy Hénault Robert

Work Schedule

15-20 hours/week – flexible schedule (additional hours may become available). Some evening and weekend hours will be required.

Instructions for submitting application

You must include a cover letter describing your background and qualifications along with your CV. Review of applications will begin on September 28th 2020 and applications will be accepted until position is filled.

For questions regarding the post or to apply, contact: Cindy Hénault Robert, Research Coordinator –

We thank all candidates for their interest. Please note that only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Posting date: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Contact person: 
Cindy Hénault Robert