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Research Assistant - Child Development, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Job ID: 24042

Updated: January 14, 2022

Location: Main Campus

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, Region III.

Position Overview

The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reports to the Principal Investigator (PI). Tasks in PI’s lab are varied with moderate to high complexity; primarily managing databases, recruiting participants, and managing participant database.

This position requires the ability to work flexible hours, such as days, evenings, and the occasional weekend day to accommodate study activities. Overtime is not expected or required. This role will require work under direct supervision of the PI and will work collaboratively with the research team.

The stress level of the role is considered to be medium-level. The impact of error is medium-impact as accuracy and privacy of information is involved.

The primary purpose of this position is to organize participant recruitment efforts for developmental psychology researchers in the Department of Psychology, including seeking out new recruitment opportunities, overseeing the recruitment database, training students in the use of the database and recruitment opportunities.

Position Description

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

  • Develop new recruitment opportunities
  • Coordinate participant recruitment and database management
  • Train students and staff in the use of the recruitment database
  • Determine priorities and deadlines for self and others, and oversee the students, staff, and volunteer who use the database and participate in recruitment opportunities
  • Oversee completion of projects and tasks with the supervisor
  • Working in a laboratory space providing research support in the area of early development.  This requires working closely with the PIs, team members, and research participants
  • Maintain the CHILD group website
  • Use social media platforms to recruit participants

Qualifications / Requirements:


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field
  • Minimum 1 year experience working in a lab conducting child development or related research
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • High degree of computer literacy (e.g. Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, SPSS, and online research databases)
  • Intermediate level of expertise with Excel
  • Excellent organizational skills; attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work in a team environment with research participants and lab associates
  • Strong ability to communicate and interact with participants and their families, as well as community organizations in a friendly, respectful, and timely manner


  • Knowledge of child development
  • Knowledge and skills of recruitment and selection practices of research participants
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to follow specific directions and research protocols
  • Ability to work collaboratively with undergraduate students, graduate students, research participants and professors

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2022

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.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Operational/Administrative Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.


About the University of Calgary

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The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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