Research Assistant (CDC)

University of Alberta

PH School of Public Health

Competition No. –

Posting Date –
Nov 18, 2022

Closing Date –
Dec 06, 2022
Position Type –
Full Time – Grant Funded

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

Grade –

Hours –

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position has an end date of March 31, 2024 and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed on our Benefits Overview page.

This role is hybrid with a mix of remote and in-person and work primarily located at North Campus, Edmonton.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Department/Faculty Summary

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.

EndPovertyEdmonton (EPE) is a community initiative working towards prosperity for all through advancing reconciliation, the elimination of racism, inclusive economy, accessible and affordable transit, affordable and quality child care, access to mental health services and addiction supports, Indigenization, and affordable housing. Canada is experiencing one of the worst housing affordability crises around the globe and in its own history. In recent years, researchers, government, and corporate donors have recognized Community Development Corporations (CDCs) as a promising approach to not only address housing affordability, but to also improve urban communities and the lives of its residents.

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, and in collaboration with a postdoctoral fellow, the Research Assistant will support primary and secondary research and evaluation efforts. The Research Assistant will work with the Edmonton Community Development Company (ECDC) using a community-based participatory approach, along with a knowledge mobilization focus aimed to support EPE’s and the ECDC’s research, evaluation, and advocacy efforts. These tasks will draw on quantitative, mixed methods, and qualitative research methodologies to determine the impacts of the ECDC on the community and the people who live in it.



  • Collect data using a community-based participatory approach with qualitative, mixed, and quantitative 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 as related to ongoing and new projects.
  • Contribute to writing research papers, presentations, and publications.
  • Present results to partners, funders, and/or at conferences.
  • Contribute to preparing and writing sections for submission of quality grant proposals and funding applications.
  • Write ethics applications; update and maintain ethics approvals as necessary.

Knowledge Mobilization & Communication:

  • Translate technical and/or analytical results into useful information for community partners.
  • Assist with preparation of knowledge mobilization products, including for academic (presentations, papers, abstracts) and community (reports, briefs, summaries, presentations) 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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Geography, Education, Human Ecology, Sociology, Public Health) combinations of education and experience will be considered.
  • Experience in collaborative, interdisciplinary, or intersectoral project work; ability to communicate with individuals from a variety of organizations and backgrounds.
  • Qualitative, mixed, and quantitative research knowledge, skills, and experience.
  • Experience with qualitative (e.g., NVivo) and quantitative (e.g., SPSS) analysis software.
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, oral and written), including the ability to translate complex research results to community partners.
  • Prior experience with using a variety of knowledge mobilization strategies to communicate about complex issues.
  • Exceptional organizational capacity.
  • Excellent initiative and ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Knowledge of research ethics and guidelines in an academic environment.
  • Sensitivity to ethical issues, especially privacy and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrates perseverance, resilience, and determination to achieve goals and finish what is started.
  • High level of flexibility, adaptability, and ability to prioritize to meet urgent and evolving partner needs.
  • Innovative and offers creative solutions to challenging and complex problems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in a social science discipline (e.g., Geography, Education, Human Ecology, Sociology, Public Health).

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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