Research Asst/Tech 4
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
The Trans Youth Can project consists of a 3-year cohort study of medical, psychosocial, and family outcomes for transgender youth referred to clinics for puberty suppression or hormone treatment across Canada. Our mission is to follow the health of trans youth as they undergo gender-related medical care through youth and parent/caregiver surveys, brief online questionnaires for youth, and clinical case report forms documenting clinical care and medical outcomes. The project is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The principal investigators for the Vancouver site is Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc (Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre, UBC School of Nursing), Dr. Dan Metzger (BCCH), Dr. Brenden Hursch (BCCH). The overall multi-site cohort study is led by Dr. Greta Bauer, Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.

The research assistant will be responsible for managing most aspects of the research site including participant recruitment, data collection and budget tracking for the Trans Youth Can project at the Pediatric Endocrine Clinic at BC Children's Hospital. Clinics are on Tuesday and Friday mornings and duties include creating site specific procedures, tracking participants and budgets, talking with and meeting with potential participants (youth and parents/caregivers) to introduce and discuss the study, signing-up participants for the study and going through the consent process. The research assistant will also be responsible for data collection tasks such as administering the survey interviews to youth who participate in the study, and extracting relevant information from electronic medical records (EMRs) to complete clinical case report forms. Other key duties will be tracking participant completion over the course of the study, coordinating with off-site project coordinators, sending out reminders to participants for upcoming visits and surveys, and sending out participant incentives. Other administrative duties such as attending a monthly team web conference will also be required.
Organizational Status
The Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) is a team of researchers and community partners advancing research to improve the lives of LGBTQ2S and sexually exploited youth. The successful candidate will have a background in quantitative research and join a productive multi-disciplinary, mixed-methods research group with strong commitments to applied research that influence policy, practice, and health.
Work Performed
Under the supervision of SARAVYC's Managing Director and Trans Youth Can's National Project Coordinator, the successful candidate will:
  • Create and draft site specific protocols
  • Monitor site specific budget expenses
  • Create and manage recruitment tracking, participant tracking, budget tracking systems.
  • Draft annual reports
  • Recruit site participants and evaluate participants' capacity to consent
  • Perform data collection of face to face surveys
  • Complete case report forms from clinic medical records and other administrative duties (tracking completion, sending out reminders, sending out incentives)
  • Responsible for the distribution of participant honorariums and follow up communications
  • Write ethics amendments, renewals, and compliance documentation
  • Communicate regularly with supervisors
  • Attend all-side video conference calls to support Research Assistants at other sites
  • Carry out any other related duties as required in keeping with the qualifications and requirements of positions in this classification
The Research Assistant must be available to be on site at BC Children's Hospital on clinic days (Tuesday and Friday mornings), other work can be done on a flexible schedule. The Research Assistant will work independently and have decision making authority regarding participant inclusion and compliance with study procedure. The work schedule is thus adjustable to the RA's schedule but requires flexibility on their part to accommodate the needs of the parents and children/youth and the timing of clinic visits.
Supervision Received
RA works with minimum supervision, by Principal Investigators, Project coordinator and Managing Director. The Research Assistant must also be able to independently make decisions about participant capacity to provide consent and participate. They must also be able to maintain attention to detail while working independently. After training, RA will receive specific instructions only on unusual problems or on matters which depart significantly from established policy and procedure.
Supervision Given
Consequence of Error/Judgement
The Research Assistant must possess attention to detail and understanding of data collection and maintenance from a variety of sources. The Research Assistant represents the study to participants at the site and must maintain a professional demeanor. Failure to maintain attention to detail and conduct work in this context will jeopardize the quality of analysis and future research possibilities with trans youth and communities.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Undergraduate degree in social science with a research focus, preferred. Minimum of 4 years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated knowledge of issues related to trans youth and LGBTQ communities; Demonstrated participation in respectful collaborative projects in clinic or service providing spaces; Demonstrated self-managed is an asset; Experience in collecting data with vulnerable groups. Excellent communication and strong organizational skills; Ability to work remotely with minimal supervision; Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including: Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel; Ability to anticipate, communicate and address potential problems.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.