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Research Assistant, Faculty of Social Work

Job ID: 32324
Location: Main Campus
Updated July 10, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


The Faculty of Social Work invites applications for two Research Assistants. This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 10 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator and will work on the implementation arm of the 'Mental Health for Youth and Young Adults in Albert' project. The overall aim of this study is to integrate an electronic mental health platform into the existing mental health and addiction care continuum in 10 communities in Alberta.

The Research Assistants (RAs) will assist in qualitative research and the engagement of youth and young adults in the project. The RAs will assist with recruiting research participants, qualitative interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders including youth, parents/caregivers, and mental health professionals in participating communities. 

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Recruiting and consenting participants, including youth
  • Tracking participant information
  • Taking detailed notes during focus groups and interviews
  • Reviewing transcripts
  • Preparing and submitting Research Ethics Board (REB) modifications
  • Preliminary coding of qualitative data
  • Attending and participating in youth engagement meetings
  • Recording and disseminating meeting minutes to members of the project team
  • Liaising with diverse youth involved in the project in various roles.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Minimum bachelor's degree in social work, Psychology or other area related to youth mental health. A combination of education, training and experience may be considered.
  • Experience in a research environment is required.
  • Experience working with youth, young adults, and families is required.
  • Experience in mental health is required.
  • Experience with youth engagement an asset.
  • Knowledge of research methods and recruitment of participants, particularly youth with mental health challenges and addictions is an asset.
  • Ability to provide support to other members of the team and related units or teams.
  • Ability to solve complex problems related to data management.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.
  • Computer literacy and ease with learning new software programs, such as NVivo and REDCap.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (written and oral), and organizational skills is required.
  • Knowledge of research ethics and regulations for granting agencies (e.g., Tri Council) is a strong asset.
  • Demonstrated ability in professional writing, preparing reports and conducting literature reviews for the purpose of presentation and publication is an asset.

Application Deadline:  July 24, 2024

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase 1.

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