Research Associate

  • Western University
  • 1151 Richmond St., London, ON, Canada
  • Mar 16, 2024
Contract Post-secondary Education

Job Description

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 28

Salary Grade: Research Level 2 (salary will be commensurate on experience).

Please note, this is a wholly grant funded, temporary full time contract opportunity. The anticipated contract duration is from June 1, 2024, to March 31, 2027.

About Western

With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.

About Us

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine fully supports the mission and values of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Members of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine strive to provide a quality work environment that fosters unity, respect for diversity, teamwork and professional growth.

The mission of Dr. Peng’s research is to understand the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. 


The Research Associate will apply their expertise and knowledge to a research project under the direction of a principal investigator, and will carry out and oversee original and independent research to assist the PI in achieving their research outcomes in the area of cardiovascular disease research. The role will support and operationalize new and innovative research opportunities, develop research and project plans, and design, build and run experiments using animal models. The Research Associate will evaluate and interpret experimental results, develop models or correlations, and prepare reports and other written material for presentations and/or submissions to various stakeholders as required. The role will play a role in training students, and in resolving issues that arise in the research environment.


  • Master’s of Science in the area of cardiovascular disease research or relevant degree/discipline
  • 4 years of experience in cardiovascular disease research or sepsis in a related academic research environment with an independently developed research portfolio 
  • Experience and ability in the assessment of myocardial function in mice by echocardiography, isolation and culture of the primary adult mouse cardiomyocytes, co-immunoprecipitation, and immunofluorescence
  • Animal model experience
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Familiarity with regulations and guidelines governing research ethics in an academic environment and with best practices for reviewing and writing grant proposals 
  • In depth knowledge with methods for research design, implementation, and analysis 
  • Familiarity with techniques for updating, managing and extracting data from a research database 
  • Ability to collaborate across internal and external boundaries to meet common objectives, improve outcomes and support work beyond one's own unit 
  • Communication skills to describe technical concepts effectively to both novice and sophisticated users and with an ability to complete detailed analytics and reports
  • Ability to work in a manner that models best practices in confidentiality standards 
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to function and process information with high levels of accuracy 
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain an organized and effective personal work environment 
  • Ability to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate the research group’s events and activities 
  • Ability to provide guidance, support and feedback in a way that is positively received 
  • Results-oriented with the ability to motivate and coach employees to meet high performance standards, while working effectively as a member of the leadership team 
  • Ability to investigate defined issues, solicit input, and suggest remedies and alternative approaches that meet the needs of the situation 
  • Proven ability and natural inclination to develop relationships by interacting with people in a professional, respectful and diplomatic manner 
  • Ability to interpret and identify key results from research and to succinctly summarize research findings 
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals 
  • Ability to adhere to legislated safety requirements and Western safety policies 
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of relevant scientific/research principles 
  • Advanced skills in software and applications used to produce and analyze research outcomes 
  • Demonstrated ability to research/investigate issues and resolve problems 
  • Familiarity with University policies and procedures preferred
Background Checks

Please note, successful applicants may be required to produce a current police information record check(s) from a police service prior to commencing employment.

Applying at Western

To ensure that your application is given full consideration, please include a cover letter and current resume. Interested applicants are asked to visit: to apply online referencing job #34215 by 11:59PM on April 13, 2024.

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Western University, 1151 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 3K7.