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Research Assistant - CEP Certified (req5167)


The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: College of Kinesiology
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Term
Employment Group: Research
Posted Date: 11/4/2019
Closing Date:
Number of Openings: 1

The University of Saskatchewan’s College of Kinesiology is looking for a motivated individual to assist with a program of research about the “Jigging Our Health”, a study of the physical fitness of the Red River Jig. This research is funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and is being developed collaboratively with partnering Indigenous advisors, community members and dancers in Saskatoon to identify the fitness and health benefits of the Red River Jig dance. This work combines Indigenous ways of knowing with western research methods and includes both qualitative and quantitative research. 

The successful applicant will have a background in research; experience with participatory research and/or Indigenous ways of knowing; and experience working with/in Canadian Indigenous communities. The successful applicant will join a diverse team with strong commitment to Indigenous self-determination, co-learning, and applied research to influence individual and community health and wellness.

The successful applicant will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Heather Foulds, and will report to and receive guidance from Community Advisors. The successful applicant will have primary responsibility for coordinating and conducting data collection and data analysis in conjunction with other team members and students. The Research Assistant will be involved in other research protocol, assessment and intervention work, as needed. 

Job SummaryThe Research Assistant will be responsible for coordinating aspects of the study as well as liaising with other members of the study team and with the community partners. The Research Assistant will assist with participant recruitment, organize fitness and exercise testing sessions and focus group discussions and interviews, coordinate booking of participant testing and health care professionals to obtain required assessments, conduct exercise and fitness tests and assessments, contribute to interview theme identification and coding, assist with writing of manuscripts and reports arising from research activities, and give presentations about the study to community groups/stakeholders. The Research Assistant will also receive training in quantitative basic blood vessel assessments through pulse and blood pressure measurements and will collect these measurements from study participants.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Participate in training and conference calls as needed
  • Organize focus groups and key informant interviews
  • Transcribe audio recordings of focus groups and interviews and assist in coding the recordings
  • Conduct literature searches and summarize findings from the searches
  • Coordinate participate recruitment and enrolment in the study
  • Administer questionnaires to study participants
  • Conduct blood pressure, body composition and basic blood vessel health assessments with study participants
  • Conduct exercise and fitness assessments, including maximal exercise tests
  • Schedule participant testing and book health care professionals for assessments
  • Coordinate graduate students and other team members for participant testing
  • Enter data collected in Excel spreadsheets
  • Prepare and deliver PowerPoint presentations to stakeholders
  • Contribute to the preparation of presentations, executive reports, or other knowledge translation materials related to the study
  • Contribute to the preparation and submission of manuscripts
  • Communicate with the study investigators and Community Advisors on an ongoing basis
  • Supporting graduate students and other trainees

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience working with Indigenous communities in a manner consistent with Indigenous principles of self-determination in research
  • Demonstrated understanding of cultural safety and two-eyed seeing
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Certified Exercise Physiologist designation
  • Research experience in either quantitative or qualitative research
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and community leadership capacity
  • Excellent time management and organizational abilities
  • Basic computer skills (Word processing and data entry in Excel specifically)
  • Ability to work independently
  • Flexibility to work morning and/or weekend hours as participant’s availability allows
  • Priority for this position will be given to an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) applicant

This position is available on a part-time/casual basis for six months with the possibility of extension. The hourly rate for this position is $20.04 plus benefits.

Please submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter outlining specific examples of experience and research interests
  • Contact information for two references



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. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.