Hamilton Neighbourhoods Study McMaster University
Job Description
We are currently seeking highly motivated individuals to join our team as Research Assistants for the Hamilton Neighbourhoods Study. This project is headed by Dr. James R. Dunn, CIHR Chair in Applied Public Health and Associate Professor in the Dept. of Health, Aging, and Society. We are partnered with the City of Hamilton in this work. The City is currently undertaking a new neighbourhood development strategy, with the goal of improving social, economic and health outcomes in different neighbourhoods in the city; the main objective of this study is to measure the impact of that strategy on these and other outcomes of interest.
We are conducting a survey with residents  of  these  neighbourhoods.  Research  Assistants’   primary responsibility is conducting these in-person surveys with residents.
Hours of work per week will be on a part-time/casual basis, with some flexibility in scheduling, and work during evenings (until 7-8pm) and weekends is to be expected. Research Assistants can expect to work 10-25 hours/week. Scheduling and hours per week are determined based on  a  number  of  factors,  including  Research  Assistants’  individual  availability  and  schedule,  the   project timeline, and the needs of the Project Coordinators.
Research Assistants may also have the opportunity to work on other research projects that Dr. Dunn is involved in, which focus on the social determinants of health, particularly housing & health. Qualified applicants may also have future opportunities for other responsibilities such as data entry and recruiting participants for this and other studies.
Qualifications & Skills:

  •   Master’s/Bachelor’s  Degree/Senior  Undergraduate  Student  in  relevant  Social   Sciences/Health fields (Social Work, Nursing, Health Studies and related fiel ds). This position is especially well suited for candidates with an interest in neighbourhood development, community engagement, and who are familiar with Hamilton’s neighbourhoods.
  •   Relevant related research experience, in particular quantitative and/or qualitative interviewing experience is a strong asset.
  •   Experience in participant recruitment and/or door-to-door canvassing or surveying is also an asset.
  •   Exceptional interpersonal skills, friendly and enthusiastic attitude, maturity and good judgement are key characteristics that we are looking for in Research Assistants for this study.
  •   Excellent attention to detail and a high level of organization are essential to this position
  •   Capacity in a second language, particularly Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Polish and Hungarian are also considered an asset.
    Please note that this survey is done ‘door-to-door’, with Research Assistants walking around the neighbourhoods to ask residents if they would like to complete a survey. Surveying shifts are normally 3-4 hours in length.
    References: Please submit contact information for two references. Interviews: Interviews for the position will be conducted the week of April 2nd Training: Training dates will be during the week of April 23rd
    Please email applications (resume, cover letter, and contact for two references) to Hilary Gibson-Wood, Research Manager by no later than Monday, March 26th

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