RESEARCH ASSISTANT – DRUM AND SASH
Job title: Part-time Research Assistant – Knowledge Mobilization
Term of position: up to 12 months, with a possibility of extension, 7.5-15 hours per week
Location: flexible, with preference for Edmonton/Alberta-based person
Salary range: $20-30 per hour, commensurate with skills and experience.
DRUM & SASH is funded by a CIHR HIV/AIDS Implementation Science Component 2 (Scale Up) Team
Grant and builds on the CIHR DRUM project, a partnership between First Nation communities,
people with lived experience of HIV, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), policy makers, and
researchers currently located at the Universities of Victoria and Saskatchewan.
DRUM & SASH provides a team structure and supports for First Nation and Métis communities in Western Canada to collaborate with and support each other as they work to provide improved HIV, HCV and other STBBI prevention and care services through the development of community-specific models. In keeping with Indigenous Knowledges and processes, within each community, the component development, implementation, and implementation research are embedded in Indigenous language and culture with a focus on capacity-strengthening/community development and co-learning approaches. The DRUM & SASH team is assessing the DRUM & SASH process, the implementation of the community models, and will engage with communities in other regions that have developed SCM to learn together about implementation of these models. From our learning together, the DRUM & SASH team will produce online resources, which will provide diverse First Nation and Métis communities with information to support them if they choose to develop their own wholistic model for STBBIs.
The DRUM and SASH team is seeking a part-time research assistant to assist with activities funded
by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This position will focus on knowledge mobilization activities, including supporting the development of online resources to share what we have learned from this project through our website. Candidates can expect to receive one-on-one mentorship from study co-investigators and engage in novel, Indigenous ways of sharing. For students who may be interested in applying, the experience could be suitable for work towards a graduate thesis in public health, community development, or allied health fields.
Job description: Under the supervision of Dr. Worthington and the DRUM & SASH National Coordinator, the Research Assistant will work collaboratively with participating communities, and the DRUM and SASH Coordinator, staff, and team members on tasks including, but not limited to, the following:
• Developing knowledge mobilization activities;
• Updating the project website;
• Providing administrative support;
• Other tasks and responsibilities related to the research.
This position reports to Dr. Cathy Worthington, School of Public Health and Social Policy, Faculty of Human and Social
Development, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC and DRUM & SASH Guidance and Management Committee.
• Graphic design & website management skills;
• Ability to think critically and analytically;
• Strong attention to detail;
• Excellent written/oral communication skills;
• Strong research and organizational skills;
• Proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
• Ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment.
• Research record of participatory research with Indigenous communities;
• Demonstrated understanding of cultural safety and two-eyed seeing, and experience working with
• Priority for this position will be given to an Indigenous (First Nation, Métis or Inuit) applicant
Please email your resume/curriculum vitae and a cover letter demonstrating your suitability for the
position based on each of the qualifications outlined above as well as the contact information for two
professional/academic references to Emma Stuart at . We will begin reviewing
applications on January 31st, 2021.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT – DRUM AND SASH