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Research Assistant, Health Equity Indicators, Locally Driven Collaborative Project

London, Ontario
Deadline March 19, 2014

Job Description

The Research Assistant will contribute to a research project related to the development of health equity performance indicators for public health. This includes writing literature reviews, preparing publications, drafting ethics applications, collecting quantitative or qualitative data, analyzing data and writing reports for research teams. Other research- related duties may arise from time to time.

S/he will also engage in research project coordination, which involves coordinating and administering research study associated activities. S/he will recruit and coordinate research subjects, as appropriate. S/he will also develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures, and ensure smooth communication between members of the team(including, at times, coordinating meetings and recording meeting minutes).

As appropriate, the Research Assistant may take the lead on certain aspects the research project: developing an operational research protocol, analyzing the bulk of the data and writing the first draft of manuscripts. The Research Assistant may also assist in training team members in research methods.

Finally, the Research Assistant will engage in knowledge dissemination activities, such as writing updates for newsletter dissemination, or supporting other knowledge translation activities as directed by the team.

Required abilities:

  • High personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation; ability to take responsibility in meeting deadlines and making progress without direct supervision.
  • Strong spoken and written communications skills.
  • Capacity to learn new software, research methods, and work routines quickly, under the mentorship of supervisor and staff; flexibility in responding to new research opportunities as they arise.
  • Motivation to engage in and manage a wide range of intellectual work.
  • AMaster’s degree in Public Health, Health Sciences, Social Sciences or equivalent, is required.
  • Experience in research (data collection, analysis) is required.

Preferred additional skills and qualities:

  • Experience using QSR NVivo software preferred.
  • Experience in programevaluation preferred.
  • Articulate and tactful communications skills; readiness to meet and work directly with other research team members.
  • Demonstrated interest in health equity-related issues.
  • Interest in professional development toward future graduate school or employment in a public health/NGO environment.


This is a six month contract for 15 hours a week, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year and half.


For general inquiries, please contact Dr. Marlene LeBer:

Please send your resume and covering letter in an email (subject line: Health Equity Indicators Position) to
Dr. Anita Kothari c/o Ms. Lambert at

Applications will be accepted until March 19, 2014.