Research Assistant

 Job Title: Research Assistant Department: Faculty of Health Sciences – Simon Fraser University 

Location: Harbour Centre Campus – Vancouver, BC 

Status: Two (2) Year Term Employment Group: Non-Union Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.00 FTE (37.5 hours/week) Salary Information: The salary band is CAD $25 – $33 per hour. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Posted Date: October 13, 2021 Closing Date: October 29, 2021 Number of Openings: One (1) 

Primary Purpose: The Indigenous Wellness Research Group (pewaseskwan) is seeking a Research Assistant to provide support for research projects encompassing the following areas: HIV, HCV, Indigenous Health and Wellness, wholistic healing and wellness journeys of Indigenous women in the downtown east side (DTES). The Research Assistant will report to the Project Coordinator responsible for leading the research project. 

Nature of Work: 

• This position is a key member of the Indigenous Wellness Research Group (IWRG) and is responsible for facilitating research activities in Vancouver, particularly the DTES. 

• This position will collect, manage and analyze data in relation to research activities on various projects. 

• The work requires a strong ability to self-manage and work independently, but also to collaborate well and work in dynamic team structures. 

• This position will ensure respectful and ethical approaches to research throughout their work. 

• This individual will demonstrate a high level of diplomacy and professionalism while contributing to IWRG’s achievements. 

• This individual will contribute to the positive and creative environment within the IWRG and throughout their work. 

• This is a high-volume position and requires the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, balancing competing deadlines and multiple tasks. 

Typical Duties or Accountabilities: 

• Work with the Indigenous Wellness Research Group to ensure research activities and initiatives align with strategic priorities and goals. 

• Network with other researchers within Simon Fraser University, as well as elsewhere in the province and across Canada. 

• Work collaboratively with colleagues and research participants and contribute to a positive, mutually supportive work team. 

• Work collaboratively with urban, rural and remote sites in British Columbia. 



• Preference given to applicants familiar with Indigenous health research, and experience collecting and managing data. 

• Experience with research-related software essential. The Microsoft Office Suite, NVivo or Atlas.ti, SPSS or equivalent all considered assets. 

• All candidates should have a working knowledge of research processes, experience in conducting research while adhering to ethical standards and, ideally, experience with grant and/or manuscript writing. 

• All candidates should be familiar with administration duties involved in research, i.e.,) scheduling meetings, creating reports, agendas, notes, etc. 

• All candidates should have experience supporting an Indigenous Elder with administration duties involved in research. 

• The ideal candidate will be a professional team player with well-developed communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. 

• Experience working in diverse and inclusive environments is required. 

• Experience with the policies and processes of Simon Fraser University and the University of Saskatchewan is an asset, but not a necessity. 

• Applicants with lived or living experience are encouraged to apply. 


Knowledgeable about and a proven record of accomplishment in working within Indigenous Communities. 

• Proven ability to work independently and as a member of a team with minimal supervision. 

• Demonstrated leadership abilities. 

• Proven record of research productivity and patient/community engagement. 

• Able to carry out the collaborative duties efficiently with strong attention to detail. 

• Ensures compliance with ethical and institutional processes, practices and policies including HIPA, which addresses the maintenance of confidentiality within a primary health care setting. 

• Effective communication skills, both verbal and written. 

• Proven ability to work on multiple projects with competing demands and deadlines. 

• Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities. 

Please submit your cover letter and resume to:  

Applications will be accepted until 4:00pm PST on Friday October 29th. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.