Research Assistant

PH School of Public Health

Competition No.  -    S109744885
Posting Date  -    Apr 06, 2021
Closing Date  -    May 07, 2021
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $46,627 to $62,954 per year
Grade  -    07
Hours  -    35

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.

This is a temporary appointment with an expected end date of March 31, 2023. This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

Please note, this position is based in the Town of Drayton Valley. 
The Research Assistant will work remotely with team members located in Edmonton, and day-to-day communications will occur through virtual communication technologies (e.g., email, video chat, phone).

The Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, Families and Communities – (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. CUP has a 20-year history of collaborative community-based research experience. CUP is led by a steering committee comprised of over 25 leaders from municipal and provincial government, not-for-profit agencies, school boards, and foundations.  

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 Town of Drayton Valley, and will 1) capture the evolution of a zero-fee education model; and 2) examine initial outcomes of the zero-fee education model in contributing the development of a resilient and inclusive economy in the Drayton Valley and surrounding region. The Research Assistant will support data collection, data analysis, and knowledge sharing.



  • 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 (e.g., NVivo, SPSS).
  • 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 preparing and writing sections of grant proposals and funding applications.  
    • Write ethics applications; update and maintain ethics approvals as necessary.

Knowledge Sharing & Communication:

  • Translate results into useful information for community partners.
  • Assist with preparation of 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

  • The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in a discipline related to social policy (e.g., social sciences, education, humanities, public health). Minimum of an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
  • 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 (e.g., NVivo) and quantitative (e.g., SPSS) analysis software.
  • Experience with 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

Apply Online

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.