Research Assistant
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
The Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, Families and Communities – (CUP) is a unique collaboration among the University of Alberta, community agencies, and organizations in and around Edmonton and across Alberta. We are committed to improving the development of children, youth, families and communities by creating or mobilizing evidence-informed knowledge that impacts programs, practices, and policies. CUP has a 15 year history of collaborative community-based research experience. CUP is led by a steering committee comprised of over 25 leaders from municipal and provincial government, not-for-profit agencies, school boards, and foundations.

EndPovertyEdmonton (EPE) is a community initiative working towards prosperity for all through advancing reconciliation, the elimination of racism, livable incomes, affordable housing, accessible and affordable transit, affordable and quality child care, and access to mental health services and addiction supports. EPE aims to change the conversation on poverty and ensure every Edmontonian has the opportunity to thrive. EPE has commissioned CUP to undertake a comprehensive, mixed method, baseline study to create the initial evidence base for measuring the progress of the EndPovertyEdmonton initiative overtime.

Under the collective supervision and guidance of the Research Committee, the role of the Research Assistant will be to provide quantitative and qualitative research support for the EndPovertyEdmonton Baseline Study.

This position has an end date one year from the date of appointment. This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.


Assists in preparation, editing and formatting of applications for ethics review
In collaboration with the project team, support the development and implementation of data collection instruments (both quantitative and qualitative)
Conducts data collection where assigned and assists in analysis including completing and organizing data cleaning, entry and reporting
Transcribes interviews, focus groups and meeting notes
Supports and assists in monitoring research project plans and initiatives as directed by the Research Committee. Actively contribute to and support the work of the Research Committee to ensure achievement of the project milestones
In collaboration with the research team, organizes and assists in the data organization, compilation and preparation for analysis
As assigned, maintains appropriate tracking (databases and records) for projects, research, and initiatives
Conducts literature reviews, media scans, and other works, and makes suggestions for potential projects
Schedules, organizes and attends research meetings as assigned. This may include preparing presentations, ensuring copies of printed material, or maintaining meeting minutes
Assists with drafting and editing reports as assigned
Maintains well documented working papers and notes on assigned tasks
Supports the creation of knowledge mobilization materials for the operational committee
Translates technical and/or analytical results into recommendations for community organizations
Edits manuscripts or other written works created by collaborators
Performs other related duties as assigned
Supports and maintains good working relationships with project personnel, internal and external partners, and others as identified. Where appropriate, identify external (to the university) contacts and maintains contact database
Assists with communications to internal and external stakeholders; liaises with contacts relevant to projects as directed
Assists with the preparation of knowledge translation dissemination products as directed including research posters, PowerPoint presentations, abstracts and research reports
Participates and reports at research team meetings
Researches application guidelines and processes for grants, awards and other funding sources. Assist with the submission of quality grant proposals.


Minimum of an undergraduate degree and significant experience in a discipline related to multidimensional poverty, inequality, and social development (e.g. Sociology Education, Anthropology, Human Ecology, Nursing, Psychology, Public Health, Community Development/Planning); Master’s degree preferred.
Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research, with prior experience in designing quantitative surveys.
One year of statistical analysis experience; skills in appropriate use and interpretation of statistical techniques (descriptive and multivariate) will be an asset.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and one or more statistical software (SPSS, SAS).
Demonstrated experience of working with ethnocultural and/or Indigenous communities and an understanding of settler colonialism, anti-racism and multiculturalism.
Demonstrated active and reflexive thinking including an appreciation for complexity and diversity with an understanding of differences and similarities among cultural groups. Experience in collaborative, interdisciplinary or intersectoral project work; the ability to communicate with individuals from a variety of organizations and backgrounds.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Good working knowledge of APA Style, 6th Edition.
Exceptional organizational and time management skills. The incumbent must be able to prioritize and manage the diverse workload to meet the high demands of the job, be highly organized, and have the ability to work within tight deadlines in a challenging environment.
Additional assets include an ability to communicate with individuals from a variety of organizations and backgrounds, research design skills, excellent writing, analytical skills, and flexibility to meet the needs of the Unit.