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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 vulnerable youth, such as LGBTQ/2S+, sexually exploited, and street involved youth. We are currently inviting applications for a part time, up to 15 hours a week, research assistant for 6 months with the possibility of extension to assist in survey analysis. The candidate will assist in data analysis of a large population-based survey and the creation of data summaries pertaining to the health outcomes of Indigenous LGBTQ/2S+ youth. In addition, the candidate will be involved with supporting knowledge translation work related to the Indigenous Two Spirit project.

Position Summary

Working within a large multi-disciplinary team of researchers, the candidate will be responsible for data analysis of quantitative measures that will be used to report health outcomes from a B.C. population-based survey. They will also assist in in documenting health inequities experienced by Indigenous LGBTQ/2S+ adolescents compared to Indigenous heterosexual peers in B.C. population-based surveys, and where possible, identifying assets or protective factors.

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 vulnerable 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 undertake the following tasks:

  • 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
  • Supporting knowledge translation activities.
  • Other tasks as assigned


Consequence of Error/ Impact of Decision

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 s/he 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

  • Must have extensive knowledge and experience working with Indigenous people or lived experience
  • Understanding of Two Spirit identities and issues
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in social sciences, health sciences, or related fields (psychology, statistics, nursing, public health) that includes statistics course work or emphasis on research
  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues related to marginalized youth, such as LGBTQ/2S+ youth health inequities
  • 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
  • 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 M+ will be considered an asset
  • Microsoft Office familiarity including Word, Outlook and especially Excel
  • Organized and high attention to detail


How to Apply

Please send applications, including cover letter, CV, writing sample demonstrating statistics skills, and unofficial transcript to SARAVYC’s Interim Managing Director, via email: