Research Assistant Opportunity at Simon Fraser University

The Children’s Health Policy Centre (CHPC) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU) is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to assist with various child health research projects led by Principal Investigators, Nicole Catherine and Charlotte Waddell, including the British Columbia Healthy Connections Project and the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly publication (The Quarterly).

Located at SFU’s downtown Vancouver Harbour Centre campus, the CHPC is an interdisciplinary research group whose work focuses on improving health, development and wellbeing for all children – and on the public policies needed to reach these goals. Our work complements the mission of the Faculty of Health Sciences to advance population and public health locally, nationally and globally.

Deadline: Position is open until filled.

The Research Assistant will work closely with other team members to assist with the following:

  • scanning relevant emerging literature to inform long-term research planning;
  • performing literature reviews and conducting assessments of articles;
  • summarizing and synthesizing research evidence;
  • preparing applications for various grants and research ethics committees; and
  • developing and maintaining research documents, reference databases and administrative logs.

In addition, the Research Assistant will assist with the following:

  • editing content and references and formatting research and policy reports, presentation slides and academic publications;
  • sorting and distributing incoming project communications and creating and maintaining filing systems; and
  • participating in other related activities as needed.

This position is grant-funded, full-time (40-hours per week), in-person/office-based (with occasional remote hours) with an immediate start date for one year (renewable based on grant funding), contingent on performance.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. An undergraduate degree in a related discipline is required (e.g., psychology, health sciences, social sciences). Experience in a research environment is an asset, including familiarity with conducting literature searches using academic databases and academic report writing and editing.

Academically, the Research Assistant must demonstrate curiosity, flexibility, enthusiasm and excellence. This position also requires superior research, interpersonal, organizational, computer literacy and communications skills (oral and written), as well as the ability to learn quickly and function both independently and as part of a team. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Please submit a letter focusing on research interests and qualifications (no more than one page) and a current CV. Email applications to the CHPC at Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to confirm receipt with individual applicants. Please do not call the Centre or team members.

The CHPC is committed to life-long learning for all team members. Mentoring will be available to facilitate the Research Assistant’s career development, with related educational opportunities being explicitly encouraged. The position also offers a unique opportunity to contribute to advancing the scholarly fields of child health and public health policy in Canada.