Job Opportunities

Research Assistant – Child Development Testing

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a landmark targeted prevention program designed to improve the lives of vulnerable, young, first-time mothers and their children. The Children’s Health Policy Centre (CHPC), Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) is leading the first Canadian randomized controlled trial evaluation of NFP, in collaboration with McMaster University investigators. This province-wide trial, called the BC Healthy Connections Project (BCHCP), is funded by the BC Ministry of Health with support from the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development and four participating health authorities (Fraser, Interior, Island, and Vancouver Coastal).

The CHPC is now seeking a full-time Research Assistant / Scientific Field Interviewer (RA) to provide direct support to the BCHCP research team. The primary responsibilities of the RA are: scheduling and conducting in-person interviews with research participants (new mothers and children) living in the Fraser Health- and Vancouver Health- Authorities; administrating the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Edition III (BSID-III) to 24-month-old children; and tracking and retention of participants across all four health authorities.


• Extensive daily travel within Vancouver Coastal- and Fraser Health- Authorities

• Valid BC driver’s license and daily access to an insured vehicle

• Working off-site (with occasional visits at central CHPC office at SFU-Harbour Centre)

• Fulltime (40-hours/week), flexible hours including the ability to work some evenings and weekends

• Verification of satisfactory criminal record check

• Ability to commit to a long-term project (minimum of two years)

Work Performed

• Administrating the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development-III to 24-month olds

• Rigorous data collection, coding and data management

• Scheduling and conducting telephone and in-person survey interviews using paper- and computer- assisted interviewing techniques

• Contributing to the development of detailed research documents

• Maintaining up-to-date participant contact information

• Assisting with honoraria reimbursement, equipment needs and timesheet tracking

• Contributing to, and participating in, on-going training and team meetings provided by the CHPC

• Providing coverage for other RAs as required and performing other related tasks as required


Essential to this position is experience and comfort working with young children. This position requires a graduate degree in a related discipline (e.g., psychology, health sciences) or an undergraduate degree with minimum of two years of related research experience. Experience with quantitative research interviewing is an asset. This position requires superior interpersonal, organizational, critical thinking and communications skills (oral and written), as well as the ability to learn quickly and function both independently and as part of a team. Academically, the RA must demonstrate curiosity, enthusiasm, creativity and excellence. The RA must also be comfortable and non-judgmental in working with diverse populations and in diverse environments.

Located at SFU’s downtown Vancouver Harbour Centre campus, the CHPC is an interdisciplinary research group whose work focuses on improving social and emotional wellbeing for all children, an on the public policies needed to reach these goals. Our work complements the mission of the FHS to advance the health of populations locally, nationally and globally. For more information, please see:

Application Process

Please submit a letter outlining your research interests and qualifications (no more than one page) as well as your current curriculum vitae. Please email applications to the CHPC at: Please do not directly contact CHPC staff members. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The position will remain open until filled.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Research Assistants (2)

The Children’s Health Policy Centre (CHPC) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) has two Volunteer Research Assistant opportunities (8-hours / week) for students interested in gaining experience with data entry in a dynamic research environment involving the BC Healthy Connections Project: a province-wide, randomized controlled trial evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership Program in BC.

Key Responsibilities:
•    Assist the Study Team in careful, thoughtful, accurate data entry as well as data organization (main responsibilities);
•    Other related duties as required.

Time Commitment:
•    At least 8-hours (2 x 4-hour shifts) per week, on-site, during regular work hours (9am – 5pm, although this may be negotiable).
•    Immediate start date; Minimum commitment of 3-months is required.


Children’s Health Policy Centre, located at SFU Harbour Campus, 515 W. Hastings St, Vancouver

Desirable Skills and Experience:
•    Superior organizational skills
•    Superior attention to detail
•    Creativity and initiative
•    Computer literacy, especially in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
•    Familiarity with SPSS is an asset
•    Communication (both oral and written) skills
•    Data entry experience is also an asset

•    Gain research experience in a high-profile, BC-wide randomized controlled trial
•    Accumulate volunteer hours
•    Obtain a reference letter (available after completing 50-hours of volunteer work)

To apply, please send the following: your updated curriculum vitae; a cover letter describing your interest in the position as well as the times you are available on a weekly basis; and a copy of your unofficial transcripts to: We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis. Only candidates selected for follow up will be contacted. Please do not contact CHPC staff directly.