Opportunity: Student Research Assistant for G+PS

on May 5, 2014
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The University of British Columbia


BUSINESS TITLE: Student Research Asst
JOB FAMILY: Interviewer/facilitator/transcriptionist
JOB CODE: Casual
VP/FACULTY: Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
SALARY LEVEL: $15/ hour plus 4% benefits/hour and worker’s compensation costs


Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is conducting a qualitative study of graduate students’ perceptions of mentoring. The aim of the study is to explore graduate students’ perspectives on mentoring to inform and improve mentoring as an integral part of teaching and learning at UBC. To undertake the study, we require focus group moderators, facilitators, and transcribers. The moderators and facilitators will conduct digitally-recorded focus groups using semi-structured questions and facilitate the group so that all participants have the opportunity to contribute. The transcriptionists will use computer software to transcribe the digital recordings. A training session will be provided.

The principal investigator, Dr. Wendy Hall, operates with the direct supervision of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral studies.

Attendance at a training session is required. Obtain informed consent from focus group members and retain copies of the signed consent forms. Digitally record focus groups. Follow ethical guidelines during the focus group sessions. Respect confidentiality when transcribing data. Carry out focus group interviews using semi-structured questions. Observe group dynamics and point out speakers to the moderator. Use computer software to transcribe the focus group data. Format transcripts using recognized techniques, e.g. line numbers and extensive margins. Work with Dr. Hall and the research coordinator Sarah Liva to ensure attendance at assigned focus groups and provides Dr. Hall and Ms. Liva with notes and recordings.

The mentorship research is funded through student contributions to the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund. Failure to follow the project guidelines, arrive at assigned focus groups, and follow ethical procedures will put the project in jeopardy and undermine the validity of the data.

Researcher and project coordinator with work reviewed against ethical and research standards.

No supervision is necessary.

Baccalaureate graduation. Currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. Abilityto perform research. Interest/experience with qualitative methods and/or interview data collection an asset. Ability to effectively use MS Word, MS Excel at an intermediate level. Ability to type with minimal errors for transcription.  The successful application requires basic office/administrative skills and the ability to operate standard office equipment and software programs. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required, as is the ability to deal with a diversity of people in a calm, courteous, and effective manner.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should send an email with an attached copy of their resumé/CV to Ms. S. Liva via email. The email address is: sarah.liva@alumni.ubc.ca. Interviews for job applicants will be arranged with Ms. Liva and Dr. Hall.

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Opportunity: Student Research Assistant for G+PS