Community Systems Research Assistant
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, CA
4d ago

Job Summary

The Research Assistant is responsible for providing assistance on a number of research projects in the Community Systems research division of HELP.

In regular contact with the Principal Investigator(s) and Research Administrator, the incumbent engages in various aspects of research design, participant recruitment, data collection (survey administration, individual and group interviews, and natural observation) data cleaning and analysis, and facilitating knowledge transfer.

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator(s) and the Research Administrator. The job will require flexible working hours and will require occasional evenings, weekends and overnight travel. Organizational Status

This position reports directly to the Principal Investigator(s) and Research Administrator, and works closely with HELP Faculty and Researchers. Work Performed


  • Assists in the preparation and organization (e.g., photocopying, formatting, filing, etc.) of study-related materials (e.
  • g., consent forms, project information sheets, research instruments, etc.);
  • Gather, review, and synthesize literature relevant to research projects;
  • Assists in mobilizing effective linkages with key community partners to establish partnerships that will increase access to information and facilitate implementation and expansion of research projects;
  • Assists in the development and writing of research grant applications.
  • Data Collection, Management and Analysis

  • Assists in the development of research ethics submissions for internal and external review boards ;
  • Assists in the preparation of non-core research ethics applications and approvals and other supporting documents for research projects;
  • Assists in the development of data collection protocol and instruments;
  • Assists in the recruitment, screening and coordination of research participants based on established eligibility criteria;
  • Communicates with participants and study personnel sending out online survey links and scheduling study appointments and keeps track of research study records and interview dates / times
  • Assists in securing and recording consent for participation;
  • Assists with data collection (administering surveys and conducting in-person, telephone and online interviews and undertaking ethnographic observation) in various community-based research projects;
  • Performs other related duties to support the smooth running of the Research Program.
  • Data Analysis

  • Assists with the cleaning and entry of questionnaire / network data (e.g., checking completion, formatting data for different analytical needs, etc.
  • and the transcription and checking of interview data;
  • Performs data analysis, including analysis of network and other survey data and textual and visual data acquired through individual and focus group interviews and field research.
  • Knowledge Transfer

  • Assists in the design and development of formats for data assembly, analysis, and presentation;
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of descriptive public and project documents concerning the various research components;
  • Assists in the development of research reports and summaries suitable for publication;
  • Assists in the development of knowledge transfer strategies and timelines;
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of research content for web and community dissemination as well as academic publication and presentation. Supervision Received
  • The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Research Administrator and reports to the Principal Investigator(s). Supervision Given

    None. Consequence of Error / Judgement

    This position involves a variety of projects and requires initiative and attention to detail. This position requires use of discretion in a wide variety of situations.

    This position is required to conduct all activities in an ethical manner, and to treat information confidentially. The incumbent needs to be reliable and courteous with colleagues and research participants.

    Professionalism is of the utmost importance. The person will also be required to exercise good judgment and discretion while using confidential information.

    The consequences of inappropriate judgment exercised or decisions made by this position would have significant implications for current and future funding for HELP and on the research reputation and sustainability of HELP and UBC in general.

    Further, being late for appointments, breaches in confidentiality, errors in assessments or poor interview conduct will tarnish the program's reputation and could lead to loss of data and loss of participants. Qualifications

    High School graduation. Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline preferred. Minimum of 2 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Minimum of two years of related experience, preferably in an academic setting, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Working familiarity with university / institutional research environments. Experience working in a research supporting capacity, including survey design and administration and individual and group interviewing.

    Demonstrated experience in community-based research. Demonstrated ability to prepare clear, concise, and accurate research and technical reports and / or proposals.

    Demonstrated ability to accurately proofread for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Demonstrated ability to review, analyze, and synthesize complex information into summaries and reports.

    Demonstrated ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and within a team environment.

    Demonstrated ability of efficient Internet / technology use applied to research and analysis. Strong verbal and written communication skills Intermediate computer skills with a variety of software required, including word processing and spreadsheets (e.

    g., MS Office), reference database (e.g., Zotero, Mendeley, etc.), and computer assisted qualitative and quantitative analysis software (e.

    g., QSR NVivo, SPSS). Network data analysis experience is an asset.

    Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.

    We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and / or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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