Research Assistant 44 views

PH School of Public Health

Competition No. –

Posting Date –
Sep 14, 2021

Closing Date –
Sep 21, 2021
Position Type –
Full Time – Grant Funded

Salary Range –
$46,627 to $62,954 per year

Grade –

Hours –

This competition is open to all applicants however internal candidates and applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months will be given priority consideration before external candidates. Please indicate your internal status using the “Advertisement” drop down menu when applying.

The Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families (CUP) is a unique collaboration among the University of Alberta, community agencies, and organizations in and around Edmonton and across Alberta. We are committed to improving the development of children, youth, families, and communities by creating or mobilizing evidence-informed knowledge that impacts programs, practices, and policies.

Under the supervision of the Research Coordinator and guidance of the Associate Director, the Research Assistant will support a community-engaged research project investigating a zero-fee education initiative in rural Alberta. This project is a partnership between CUP and the Town of Drayton Valley, and aims to integrate research and practice by creating and mobilizing evidence to support economic resilience in the region. The Research Assistant will support data collection, data analysis, stakeholder engagement, and knowledge sharing.

This position has an end date of one year from date of appointment with a possibility of extension and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.



  • Collect data using qualitative (e.g., interviews, focus groups) and quantitative (e.g., surveys) methods.
  • Contribute to developing data collection tools and preparing materials and consent forms.
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data using appropriate software and techniques.
  • Maintain and protect confidential research data, adhering to ethical conduct and privacy requirements at all times.
  • Conduct environmental scans and literature reviews.
  • Contribute to writing research papers, presentations, and publications.
  • Present results to partners, funders, and/or at conferences.
    • Contribute to writing grant proposals and funding applications.
    • Write ethics applications; update and maintain ethics approvals as necessary.

Engagement & Collaboration:

  • Engage with stakeholders from community organizations, industry, government, and academia to build relationships.
  • Support convening stakeholders from various sectors for meetings/consultations.

Knowledge Sharing & Communication :

  • Translate results into useful information for community partners.
  • Prepare knowledge sharing products (e.g., reports, presentations, journal articles) for academic and community audiences.
  • Participate in research team meetings, and in meetings related to research activities in the community.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with community, government, and academic partners, liaising between the project team and the community.


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum Education Required is Bachelors Degree; Master’s degree preferred in a discipline related to social policy and/or community economic development (e.g., social sciences, education, humanities, public health).
  • Qualitative and quantitative research knowledge, skills, and experience.
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, verbal, and written).
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • High level of flexibility, adaptability, and ability to prioritize to meet urgent and evolving needs.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with collaborative, interdisciplinary, or intersectoral projects.
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative data analysis software.
  • Experience using a variety of knowledge sharing strategies to communicate with diverse audiences (e.g. community organizations, government, academia).
  • Knowledge of research ethics and guidelines in an academic environment.

How to Apply

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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