Health Sciences Research Assistant Opportunity

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Research Assistant

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge

Dr. Brenda Leung, Faculty of Health Sciences, is looking for a Research Assistant for studies requiring qualitative and quantitative research skills and experience.

Reporting to Dr. Leung, the Research Assistant will be responsible for the ongoing coordination and management of multiple research projects. The primary purpose of the position will be to provide support in research related activities, including, but not limited to, recruitment, screening, data collection, project management (i.e. contacting participants, monitor study procedures and implement tasks related to study methodology correctly), perform basic data analysis, and other research related duties.


The ideal candidate will possess an undergraduate degree in health sciences, or health-related training degrees such as nursing, counselling psychology, public or community health. Candidate must possess a working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, along with excellent interpersonal and communication (both verbal and written) skills. Experience with data management and analysis is a must. Preference will be given to individuals currently enrolled in (or completed) a Master’s degree program in a health related field.

The successful applicant will need to have the ability to work independently, as well as within a team environment and must be able to work successfully within a specified timeframe. The ability to share information in an effective and collaborative manner is required. Proven capabilities to self-motivate, take initiatives on, and have the ability to be resourceful, energetic, self-directed and creative, while generating ideas and fostering positive outcomes is crucial. The desire to learn and acquire new skills to meet the needs of the position, and the ability to adapt changes and constructively create opportunities for change through active participation is essential. Proficiency in working with Microsoft Word/Excel/Access, SPSS or other database applications, are all required skills for this position.

Applied Experience

  • Strong interpersonal (communication) skills to do recruitment, screening participants, and conduct interviews
  • Experience in data collection and data management
  • Strong organization skills as well as attention to detail
  • Knowledge of the health field, research design and methods
    • Proficiency with literature searches in the scientific, medical databases and grey literature

Tasks and Duties

  • Recruiting participants into studies.
  • Assist with data collection, including interviews (semi-structured), with questionnaires
  • Contact participants as per study schedule
  • Interact with the public, community members
  • Uphold the strongest ethical and privacy standards
  • Possibly traveling to assist with data collection

Department/Unit: Public Health Start date: Spring, 2017

Submission of Applications

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, sample of scientific writing, and the names of three references electronically to Only those shortlisted candidates will be contacted. In addition, only referees of shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The University is an inclusive and equitable campus encouraging applications from qualified women and men including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.