Research Assistant

The Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) is a CIHR-funded team of researchers and community partners who seek to understand the influences of stigma on health disparities affecting vulnerable youth, such as LGBTQ2S+, sexually exploited, and street involved youth. We are currently inviting applications for a research assistant for 12-15 hours a week. The research assistant will be paid $25/hour.

Working within a large multi-disciplinary team of researchers, the Graduate Research Assistant student will be responsible for data cleaning and analysis of quantitative measures that will be used to report health outcomes from a national trans youth health survey. They will also assist in in documenting health inequities experienced by LGBTQ2S+ adolescents compared to heterosexual peers in B.C. population-based surveys, and where possible, identifying assets or protective factors.

Work Performed:

The candidate will work under the direction of the Executive Director, Managing Director and Post-Doctoral Fellows to undertake the following tasks:
• Data cleaning and running descriptive analysis using SPSS
• logistic regression analysis and confirmatory factor analysis of large scale population based data
• transferring SPSS outputs and results into Excel data summary tables
• literature reviews and copy editing
• assisting in writing community friendly reports and peer reviewed publications
• other tasks as assigned

Working Condition:

Research Assistant will primarily be located at the School of Nursing research office at Koerner Pavilion, University Hospital, UBC-Vancouver campus. They may also work at the McCreary Center Society (3552 East Hasting St. Vancouver), the location where some data sets must be analyzed.

Personnel Specifications/Qualifications:

o Enrolled in 2nd year of Masters program or enrolled in PhD Program in social sciences, health sciences, or related fields (education, statistics, nursing, public health)
o Demonstrated knowledge of issues related to trans and LGBTQ youth health inequities.
o Willing and able to work onsite at the McCreary Centre Society (3552 E Hastings St) one day a week, if needed, based on project assigned
o Must have completed graduate level coursework in statistics; experience with SPSS software and quantitative data analysis methods; understanding of logistic regression
o Experience with SPSS required, knowledge of R, and M+ will be considered an asset
o Microsoft Office familiarity including Word, Outlook and especially Excel.
o Organized and high attention to detail

Consequence of Error/Impact of Decision:

The RA must possess understanding of data collection and maintenance from a variety of sources. Failure to maintain attention to detail and conduct work in this context will jeopardize the quality of the research.


Expected start date is April 15, 2019 through December 31, 2019 with the possibility for an extension.

Application Deadline: March 30, 2019 

Please send applications, including cover letter, CV, writing sample demonstrating statistics skills, and unofficial transcript to SARAVYC’s Managing Director, Jennifer Wolowic via email: Please make the subject of your email: Quantitative RA Application