August 25, 2022

RA Opportunity: Measuring Engineering Identity

August 25, 2022

Research Assistant Opportunity

The Simon Fraser University Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD) invites applications for a research assistant appointment for the Teaching and Learning Development Grant project, Developing Engineering Identity in a 4th Year Technical Elective Course to begin September 14, 2022, or earlier.

Research assistant responsibilities include:

  • Literature search and preparation of a literature summary;
  • Assisting with survey design, creation, and administration;
  • Quantitative data analysis (documenting workflow, data cleaning, appropriate analyses, concluding, data visualization);
  • Data entry, organization, and analysis (including statistical analyses such as ANOVA)
  • Analyzing and summarizing data, including graphics, charts, and manuscript form);
  • Supporting sharing the presentation project findings within and beyond SFU;
  • Complete relevant training related to human subjects research;
  • Assisting with Research Ethics Board protocol preparation; and
  • Attending meetings with project lead/team (in-person or virtual).

Required qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Currently enrolled as a graduate student at SFU;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Expertise in quantitative data analysis;
  • Expertise in qualitative data analysis;
  • Ability to select and implement meaningful analyses, including appropriate statistical treatment;
  • Ability to work independently, productively, and creatively;
  • Experience conducting literature reviews beyond own research area;
  • Academic research and writing skills, as demonstrated by prior completion of similar projects;
  • Experience in research instrument design, such as creating surveys;
  • Familiarity using SurveyMonkey or similar online survey software;
  • Familiarity using qualitative data analysis software such as NVIVO; and
  • Strong organizational skills.

Experience and skills that would be an asset:

  • Interest in evidence-based teaching and learning in post-secondary education.

Rate of pay: $25 - $30/hr (incl. vacation and statutory holiday pay, no medical or dental benefits) - based on experience, skills, and qualifications.

Duration and time commitment: September 2022 to April 2023. Up to 100 hours, with the possibility of additional hours.

To Apply: Applicants should submit: (1) a 1-page cover letter structured to address the qualifications, skills, and role responsibilities as listed above, and (2) a 1-2 page resumé with two references listed. These two items should be organized as one PDF attachment and addressed to Dr. Molly McVey and emailed to with the subject line: TLDG RA Position.

Letters of reference will only be requested from short-listed applicants.

All applicants must currently be eligible to work in Canada.

Application deadline: September 7, 2022. We appreciate all replies to this position posting. However, we will only contact short-listed applicants.

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