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Job offer: Research Assistant for REBORN Study on Bariatric Care
Full time position — Initial one-year contract with possibility of renewal

The Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre

The Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (MBMC) is an academic research and training centre focused on behavioural medicine, including clinical trials and epidemiology. The MBMC is a collaborative centre between the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS-NIM), Concordia University, and UQAM, and is based at Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal (HSCM).

The MBMC is an ideal environment for anyone looking to work with a friendly, diverse, and dynamic team that includes international expert collaborators. We offer plenty of networking and career building opportunities in the fields of behavioural medicine and health sciences. All our work is focused on promoting long-term health across a variety of patient and community populations.

Position overview

Over the last three decades, obesity has increased significantly in the world. This has had important health consequences, including increased risks of developing other chronic diseases. The goal of the REBORN (REsearch on Bariatric care for Obesity tReatmeNt) study is to better understand the needs of patients in bariatric care, and the long-term impacts of surgery. It also seeks to develop better interventions and to optimize the quality of the care that is available.

Under the direct supervision of Dr. Simon Bacon and Dr. Kim Lavoie, and in collaboration with the members of the REBORN research team, the selected candidate will be in charge of coordinating the research activities surrounding the REBORN research program. This program involves recruiting a longitudinal cohort of people undergoing bariatric surgery at the CIUSSS-NIM, as well as some related sub-studies.


  • Recruit and follow up with participants;
  • Work with all the researchers, doctors, nurses and other research assistants involved in the projects related to bariatric surgery to facilitate recruitment, data collection and follow-ups.
  • Coordinate and supervise data collection and management (interviews, questionnaires, medical data)
  • Review medical charts to determine eligibility
  • Keep track of questionnaire modifications and prepare ethics applications
  • Collaborate with our data management expert to update bariatric databases (through the REDCap program)
  • Participate in data entry
  • Prepare and facilitate meetings with various collaborators (researchers, patients, etc.) to report on the program’s progress
  • Assist with any other duties required

The selected candidate will need to have previously demonstrated skills or knowledge in the following areas:

  • Organisation of tasks
  • Patient / participant recruitment
  • Autonomy and ability to take the initiative
  • Team work
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Completed university diploma (BA / BSc or above) in a relevant field
  • Experience in conducting a research study
  • Fluency in both French and English (spoken and written)
  • Ability to use key MS Office Suite products as well as videoconferencing systems such as Teams and Zoom.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with web data entry interfaces
  • Demonstrated prior use and programming of REDCap

Status and benefits:

  • Full-time position, 35 hours per week, daytime Monday to Friday;
  • Location of work: Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal;
  • Starting date: as soon as possible;
  • One-year contract, with possibility of renewal (the project has been funded);
  • Salary in accordance with qualifications;
  • 15 days of vacation per year after one year;
  • 13 statutory holidays;
  • 10 non-convertible sick days; and
  • Pension plan (RREGOP) from the first day of employment.

To apply

Interested candidates should email their cover letter and CV to: apply@mbmc-cmcm.ca

Applications will be assessed as they are received. Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Deadline: March 10, 2024