SFU Urban Studies Community Housing Canada Research Partnership

SFU Urban Studies Community Housing Canada Research Partnership: Housing Vulnerable Canadians

Approximately 200 hours of work, $25/hr

Starting date: August 1, 2021 or as soon as possible

Housing Vulnerable Canadians Research

The Community Housing Canada (CHC) Research Partnership “Partners in Resilience” project is a five-year partnership research project, begun in 2020, based at the University of Alberta with research and practice partners from across Canada and beyond. SFU Urban Studies is the research lead for the cross-cutting theme of this project, related to housing vulnerable Canadians. This research assistant will take part in conducting Year-2 research in this area. More information about the project can be found here.

The Position

This part-time research assistant will work under the supervision of Dr. Yushu Zhu in order to conduct research and research team coordination activities in support of the year one activities of the Housing Vulnerable Canadians cross-cutting theme for the CHC project.

This is a temporary, part-time research assistantship position. We expect the work to be done remotely or on campus during fall 2021 with regular virtual meetings with Yushu and occasional meetings with other members of the research team. The chosen candidate is expected to work a total of 200 hours between the date of hiring and the end of October, 2021. Hours can be flexible in order to accommodate the student’s study schedule. There is the possibility of extending the research assistantship.


  • Conducting data analysis using survey data and secondary data related to housing and vulnerable groups
  • Conducting literature review on housing vulnerability from intersectional, asset-based and systems-based approaches
  • Assisting in the organization of the research team, including technical arrangements, research file structure and archiving, and potentially the preparation of a research ethics application
  • Participating in relevant dialogues and conversations related to housing and vulnerability in order to report back to the research team on new developments, emerging themes of attention and analysis, and potential new partnerships
  • Coordinating and consulting with other members of the research team in order to solicit and collect opinions, notes on work-in-progress, recommendations and advice and to report these back to the group
  • Assisting in building and maintaining a knowledge-sharing platform (e.g. a webpage) for the project.

Minimum qualifications

Must be an SFU graduate student

Knowledge and Skills

  • Experience in quantitative data analysis
  • Experience with statistical programs (e.g. Stata, R, python) is an asset
  • Experience in interviews or focus groups
  • Experience in conducting literature reviews
  • Interest in urban housing as a research topic
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent attention to detail and perseverance with tasks
  • Excellent organizational skills, including digital organization and data management practices
  • Organized multi-tasker, ability to balance tasks and priorities to deliver results

Salary: $25/hr + statutory benefits

Please send your cover letter, resume and a sample of your work to yushu_zhu@sfu.ca by July 9, 2021.