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Research Assistants (3 Positions), Schizophrenia Society Of Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline December 12, 2012

One-year contract, 21 hours/week

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO), a dynamic organization with regional offices across the province is seeking enthusiastic individuals in the position of Research Assistant. SSO is committed to improving the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia & psychosis through family education, support programs, public policy, advocacy & research.

A community-based research study seeks to understand mental illness stigma among youth, family members, and youth peers within Latino-Hispanic, Afro-Caribbean, and South Asian communities across the GTA. Reporting to the Manager of Research, the Research Assistants will coordinate and implement all aspects of the study. Each position is a 0.6 FTE (21 hours/week). This position may require some evening and weekend work.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Liaise with relevant community agencies, networks, and research partners
  • Perform literature and database searches
  • Recruit potential research participants
  • Conduct qualitative individual interviews and focus groups
  • Transcribe interview data
  • Develop quantitative databases and input data
  • Participate in data analysis, report writing, and knowledge translation activities
  • Provide administrative support on the project

Education and Experience:

  • Post-secondary degree in a relevant discipline in the health or social sciences
  • Two years related research experience is required
  • Experience conducting interviews and focus groups is essential
  • Experience transcribing and analyzing qualitative data is essential
  • Knowledge of and experience working within the Latino-Hispanic, Afro-Caribbean, and South Asian communities is a definite asset
  • Experience with community development, knowledge translation and/or health promotion is an asset
  • Experience working with youth is an asset
  • Knowledge of and experience with quantitative research would be an asset

Relevant Skills and Attributes:

  • Written and verbal fluency in English and one of the following languages as it pertains to the communities: Spanish, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu
  • Strong PC software skills and experience with NVivo and SPSS software
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with team members
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Ability to produce high quality and accurate work while meeting deadlines and requirements

To apply for one of these positions please submit your resume and cover letter in a Word or PDF file (one document) by December 12, 2012, via e-mail to: [email protected].

There is 1 Research Assistant position for each ethno-racial community within the study. Please indicate for which community (Latino-Hispanic, Afro-Caribbean, or South Asian) you are applying.

We thank all candidates in advance. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.