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Student Research Assistant

Level: Graduate Student

Disciplines: Public or Community Health, or related disciplines: Psychology, Education, Public Policy, or Social Work

Starting and ending dates and weekly commitment:  April 17, 2017- July 31, 2017 (flexible start date; cca 20 hours/week)

Location of Site: 220-308 4 Ave N, Saskatoon, SK & SPHERU Lab, University of Saskatchewan 

Salary range:  up to $24/hour (including benefits and vacation pay)  

Position Summary

Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU) with Healthy Start / Départ Santé  (HSDS) is seeking a Student Research Assistant to assist with conducting an evaluation of Knowledge Development and Exchange  (KDE) strategy of a bilingual health promotion initiative aimed at increasing healthy eating and physical activity opportunities in early learning and childcare centres in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. The project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Student Research Assistant will report to the HSDS Project Manager (administratively and deliverables) and Project Leads at U of S & U of Regina / SPHERU team (content and deliverables).

Roles and Responsibilities

The Student Research Assistant will

  • collect, analyse and report preliminary data related to the evaluation of a variety of the KDE tools used (e.g. KidSKan, website, newsletters, social media, posters, videos; as well as training, workshops and capacity building with different stakeholders);
  • complete a final report on the effectiveness of the KDE strategy that would include recommendations from the results of existing data and preliminary data collection in Phase I and Phase II of the project; 
  • communicate and collaborate with Implementation teams, project participants, collaborators, and stakeholders.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Experience (or familiarity) with projects in populations health, knowledge in program evaluation, program logic models, and quantitative and qualitative research;
  • Technical skills: advanced in the Microsoft Office Suite including Publisher, some graphic design tools (i.e. pictographs) and have experience with data management and analysis.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills: strong oral and written communication skills, as well as strong organization skills; including the ability to collate scientific research for general public accessibility.
  • Effective time management skills and ability to complete assigned work and projects on time.
  • Bilingualism (fluent French-English) would be an asset.

Application Package:

  • A letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Contact information of two referees who can provide professional or academic references;
  • An example of a written report (this can be a completed project report or a research paper/assignment related to population health program evaluation or similar topics).

Contact Information:

Gabriela Novotna, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina
SPHERU, Faculty Member
Gabriela.Novotna@uregina.ca, Phone: 306- 585-4237


Nazeem Muhajarine, PhD
Professor, Community Health, and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan,
SPHERU, Director 
nazeem.muhajarine@usask.ca,  Phone: 306-966-7940

Gabrielle Lepage-Lavoie, Project Manager, rsfs.lepage@sasktel.net; Phone : 306-381-6844

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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