Research Assistant

MED Medicine Department

Competition No.  -    S104649310
Posting Date  -    Jan 10, 2023
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.
Hourly Rate  -    $28.05 - $38.10
Grade  -    08
Hours  -    35

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position has an end date of 6 months from the date of hire.

Working for the University of Alberta 

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.


Housing for Health is an initiative that aims to improve the health and well-being of community residents in Alberta and across Canada. The project focuses on the connection between "housing" and the neighbourhoods in which housing occurs (or, the "guilt environment") and healthy living outcomes especially active living, healthy eating and social connections.


This position involves working on a built environment intervention study measuring changes in healthy behaviour and social connections of residents within and around three new housing developments that are being designed to promote healthy living and social interaction. This project involves surveys and direct measures of physical activity (i.e., accelerometers and Global Positioning Systems) to establish baseline physical activity, healthy eating and social connections, as well as longitudinal changes over time. As we are in the last year of the project, we are recruiting a Senior Research Assistant to primarily to analyze longitudinal quantitative data for this project and lead the writing and development of manuscripts.


  • Literature review.
  • Data processing and analysis.
  • Manuscript and report writing.
  • Other dissemination activities, such as conference presentations.
  • Communicating and collaborating with the study investigators, Research and Evaluation Manager/Coordinator, pilot development coordinators and research assistants.
  • Recruiting participants.
  • Preparing ethics amendments.
  • Data collection via surveys, height, weight, and activity monitor measurements.
  • Training staff.
  • Communicating with site managers, office staff and/or participants.
  • May also assist in grant proposal writing, supervision of graduate students, and mentoring of study coordinators and research assistants.
  • Other Housing for Health duties as needed.


  • Minimum of a Quantitative Methods Thesis-Based Master’s degree in a health-related area such as health science, public health, kinesiology, or equivalent.
  • Extensive experience and training in quantitative research methods.
  • Knowledge of the association of the built environment with healthy living.
  • Experience with primary data collection, quantitative longitudinal and survey methods, reliability and validity analyses, and conducting built environment and healthy living research is preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including experience presenting to a variety of audiences and a track record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Enjoy working independently as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.