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Research Assistant: Capacity Building in Health Promotion, University of Saskatchewan

A CAHR-CIHR funded multi-disciplinary research team at the University of Saskatchewan seeks a research assistant or post-doctoral fellow with advanced skills in health promotion research and training. Primary responsibilities are related to a newly funded study to evaluate a program of research to promote physical activity behaviours in a community setting. There is strong history of collaboration between health researchers at the University, which will support professional growth.

Description of the Research Program:

This research program is based on equal and active partnerships between community organizations and researchers affiliated with the University. It will tackle the problem of lower rates of physical activity in youth (particularly disadvantaged youth) and the older adult, by examining the determinants of physical activity among these groups. These findings will be used to develop programs tailored to meet the needs of these populations which will be evaluated from both a health outcomes and a health services utilization perspective. Another integral component of this research grant will be to conduct and to evaluate the impact of a community-wide active living initiative on community development and empowerment in such dimensions as health infrastructure, program sustainability, and problem-solving capabilities of a community.

Description of the Position:

This position requires a sound knowledge base in health promotion, skills in training and group facilitation, and in evaluation research (particularly, but not exclusively, using qualitative methods). The ideal candidate will have both practical, theoretical and research experience in health promotion. Specific knowledge of physical activity promotion is an asset. The candidate will be expected to provide training in capacity-building approaches to health promotion to professionals and community members designing physical activity programs, primarily involving disadvantaged youth. The candidate will also be expected to assist in designing evaluation methods for such an approach. The position will be supervised by Dr. Ronald Labonte, Director of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit, and will be located in SPHERU offices.


* Assist with design of training and evaluation methodology.

* Assist with, then take responsibility for, training in capacity-building approaches to health promotion.

* Assist with, then take responsibility for, managing data gathering, entry and analysis of the effects of a capacity-building approach, in terms of changes in capacity domains, physical activity levels and other outcomes of interest.

* Assist with other data analysis in collaboration with the research team

* Assist in preparing manuscripts for publication

* Participate in project team meetings and future grant writing activities


Candidates must have a minimum of a Master's Degree in community health, health promotion, or related field. Candidates must be computer literate, have experience as a trainer/facilitator, have superb oral and written communication skills, be experienced in qualitative methods, have effective interpersonal skills, and be able to work independently in a research environment. A knowledge of the literature on community development/capacity-building approaches to health promotion is a definite asset, and knowledge of the literature on health aspects of physical activity a bonus.

Term: This is a three-year appointment, starting date May 2001.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to Employment equity. Members of Designated Groups (women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities and visible minorities) are encouraged to self-identify on their applications.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application outlining their research interests and relevant background and experience. This statement, along with a curriculum vitae and the names (address, phone/fax, and e-mail address) of three academic referees, should be sent by April 20, 2001 to

Dr. Ronald Labonte

Co-Investigator and Director

SPHERU, University of Saskatchewan

107 Wiggins Road

Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Tel: (306) 966-2349

Fax: (306) 966-7920