Job Opportunities

*Research Assistant Opportunity – Child Testing 

Position Overview

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 (RCT) 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). For more information, please see our web page.

The CHPC is now seeking a full-time Research Assistant (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 via regular communications.

Skills gained

The successful candidate will gain invaluable experience in the rigorous research methodology involved in a large-scale RCT, receiving in-depth training in the following areas:

  • RCT and longitudinal research methodology and quantitative data collection techniques
  • Interviewer skills utilizing effective questioning and probing techniques
  • Specialized psychometric skills administering the BSID-III, the gold standard in child development assessment tools
  • Effective communication strategies for working with diverse populations and those experiencing adversity
  • Exceptional project management tools and organizational skills to successfully schedule participant interviews in a longitudinal study

Required

  • Daily travel within Vancouver Coastal- and Fraser Health- Authorities
  • Valid BC driver’s license and daily access to an insured vehicle (membership and convenient access to a car share company a possibility)
  • 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 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 old children in their home
  • Rigorous data collection, coding and data management
  • Scheduling and conducting 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 

Qualifications

Essential to this position is demonstrated experience and comfort working with young children. This position requires an undergraduate degree with related research experience, preferably in an academic setting. 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, and 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.

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: bchcp@nullsfu.ca . 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.

 

*Research Assistant Opportunity – Scientific Field Interviewer

Position Overview

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 (RCT) 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). For more information, please see our web page.

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 include: scheduling and conducting in-person and telephone interviews with research participants (new mothers and children) and meticulous tracking and retention of participants living in the Fraser Health, and Vancouver Health, Authorities.

Skills Gained

The successful candidate will gain invaluable experience in the rigorous research methodology involved in a large-scale RCT, receiving in-depth training in the following areas:

  • RCT and longitudinal research methodology and quantitative data collection techniques
  • Interviewer skills utilizing effective questioning and probing techniques
  • Effective communication strategies for working with diverse populations and those experiencing adversity
  • Exceptional project management tools and organizational skills to successfully schedule participant interviews in a longitudinal study

Required:

  • Daily travel within Vancouver Coastal- and Fraser Health- Authorities
  • Valid BC driver’s license and daily access to an insured vehicle (membership and convenient access to a car share company a possibility)
  • Flexible hours including the ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • 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 evenings and weekends
  • Verification of satisfactory criminal record check
  • Ability to commit to a long-term project (minimum of two years)

Work Performed

  • Rigorous data collection, coding and data management
  • Scheduling and conducting telephone and in-person survey interviews using paper- and computer- assisted interviewing techniques
  • Retention of participants via regularly scheduled contact and detailed tracking efforts
  • 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 

Qualifications

The SFI position requires an undergraduate degree with related research experience, preferably in an academic setting.. 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, and 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.

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: bchcp@nullsfu.ca. 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.