Job Posting: Graduate Academic Assistant

Project Description

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 marginalized youth, such as LGBTQ/2S+, sexually exploited, and homeless youth, and what works to promote resilience and health equity. We are currently inviting applications for a part-time, 8 hours a week, graduate research assistant for 6 months, with the possibility of extension, to help evaluate the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) 1 2 3 initiative in schools and school impact on LGBTQ/2S+ youth health. Funded by the Quartermain SOGI Fund for SARAVYC, the candidate will conduct research focused on school environments and/or school program influences on LGBTQ/2S+ youth health, including evaluating ARC Foundation’s SOGI 1 2 3 program. SOGI 1 2 3 provides educational resources and support for teachers and other educators who want to create SOGI-inclusive schools. The candidate is expected to have a background in quantitative research methods.

Position Summary

Working within a large multi-disciplinary team of researchers, the candidate will be responsible for evaluating the SOGI 1 2 3 initiative in schools and school impacts on LGBTQ/2S+ youth health.

Organizational Status

The Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) is a research centre within UBC’s School of Nursing. The team is made up of researchers and community partners advancing research to improve the lives of LGBTQ/2S+ and other marginalized youth. The successful candidate will have a background in quantitative research and join a productive multi-disciplinary, mixed-methods research group with a strong commitment to applied research that influences policy, practice, and health.

Work Performed

The candidate will work under the direction of the Executive Director, Managing Director and post-doctoral fellows to help with literature reviews, data collection, quantitative and possible qualitative analyses, development of presentations, community reports, or peer-reviewed papers. Examples of work performed include:

  • Assist with exploring the impact of GSAs (Gender-Sexuality Alliances) on the health of students using the SLEPHI statistical modeling method
  • Collect data on where and when SOGI 1 2 3 has been launched and what is specifically being implemented and map it with findings from the British Columbia Adolescent Health Surveys
  • Analyze survey data provided by SOGI 1 2 3 schoolteachers in the ACR Foundation feedback surveys
  • Support other school-related research or evaluations focused on LGBTQ/2S+ youth health
  • Other tasks as assigned


Consequence of Error/Impact of Decision

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

Supervision Received

The Principal Investigator Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, post-doctoral fellows, as well as the Centre’s managing director will provide supervision.

Supervision Given


Working Condition

The position will primarily be located at the School of Nursing research office at Koerner Pavilion, University Hospital, UBC-Vancouver campus so that they can work closely with the other members of the research team as well as access shared data storage services. They may also need to work at the McCreary Center Society location that holds some of the data sets.

Personnel Specifications/Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding and/or ability to work with LGBTQ/2S+ communities
  • Demonstrated familiarity with LGBTQ/2S+ youth topics required
  • Enrolled in a graduate program in education, social sciences, health sciences, or related fields (psychology, statistics, nursing, public health) that includes statistics course work or emphasis on research
  • Willing and able to work onsite at UBC Point Grey Campus as well as at the McCreary Centre Society (3552 E Hastings St) if needed based on project assigned
  • Must have completed undergraduate/graduate level coursework in statistics; experience with SPSS software and quantitative data analysis methods; understanding of logistic regression preferred
  • Experience with SPSS required, knowledge of R, and Mplus will be considered an asset
  • Microsoft Office familiarity including Word, Outlook and especially Excel
  • Organized and high attention to detail



Expected start date is in September 2021.


Please send applications, including cover letter, CV, and unofficial transcript to SARAVYC’s Managing Director, Dr. Ronita Nath, via email: