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The Department of Psychology is a large diverse academic department. Full-time faculty members are active researchers with external grant support from government, industry and/or private foundations. The Department has areas of specialization including: Clinical Science and Psychopathology; Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences; Industrial Organizational Psychology; Social and Personality Psychology.
The Research Assistant will be working on a project titled, Assessing Acceptability, Understandability, and Effectiveness of Alternative Donor Screening Questions in Current Donors. This is a mixed-methods research project that aims to assess acceptability, understandability, and effectiveness of alternative donor screening questions in current blood and plasma donors to Canadian Blood Services. Results from this study will inform feasibility and implementation of alternate screening questions in the Donor Questionnaire to advance current donor deferral policy and screening for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) and trans donors.
The Research Assistant may assist on all aspects of the research project with a strong emphasis on the qualitative components of the study. Job activities may include:
Completing REB applications
Conducting literature reviews, assisting with development of semi-structured interview guides, and organizing and conducting interviews
Contributing to data analysis, including working with research team members to develop a coding framework, coding interview data, and conducting qualitative data analysis
Contributing to knowledge translation activities and outputs, such as: articles, online blogs, and presentations
- Undergraduate degree in a relevant area of focus
- Currently completing a Master’s degree in a relevant social science or inter-disciplinary health science program is preferred
Skills, Abilities & Expertise:
- 1 year of work experience supporting research in a related technical field
Completion of course work on qualitative (preferred) and quantitative research methods
Experience conducting qualitative research, including semi-structured interviews and familiarity with NVivo data analysis software
Familiarity with quantitative research methods
Experience completing literature reviews, conducting database searches, etc.
Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
Excellent time management skills and able to meet deadlines
Detail-oriented with an ability to function and process information with high levels of accuracy
Ability to employ a systematic and efficient approach to work
Personable and courteous in working relationships with colleagues, students and the public
Ability to collect and analyze data in an objective manner
Familiarity with regulations and guidelines governing research
Familiarity with methods for research design, implementation, and analysis
Familiarity with experimental design and analysis
Computer skills with the ability to learn and use software programs
Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals
Verbal and written communication skills with the ability to document technical information
Western offers a broad and exciting variety of part-time and temporary employment opportunities with ample room for job exploration and growth. Within our beautiful campus, you are part of a progressive work environment that promotes work/life balance including access to our state-of-the-art recreation centre. Apply for an opportunity to be part of the Western community and contribute to its success!
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