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Research Assistant Position, University of Western Ontario

This is a one-year contract, 20 hours per week. Pay for the position is up to $20.00 per hour, based on expertise and experience. The position is scheduled to begin May 1st, 2003. The candidate will have an outstanding opportunity to be involved in organizing and conducting a qualitative research project that is investigating parents' perceptions of obesity prevention and health bodyweight promotion in preschool-aged children.


* Recruit focus group participants

* Organize and attend all focus group meetings

* Facilitate communication among research team

* Attend and take minutes at research team meetings

* Monitor assigned budget

* Assist with moderating focus groups

* Assist with data analysis

* BA/BSc in social sciences or a health-related program

* Excellent interpersonal skills

* Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

* Computer competency

* Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team

* Flexible in work schedule

Preferred Qualifications

* Competence using NVivo qualitative data-analysis program is an asset; good knowledge of MSWord, Excel, Reference Manager

* Experience with qualitative research

Interested applicants should send a curriculum vita, cover letter and the names, addresses and contact numbers of three referees to

Dr. Jennifer D. Irwin

BHSc Program Office

Room 2319 Somerville House

University of Western Ontario

London, ON N6A 3K7

The deadline for receipt of applications is April 22.