Research Assistant

Royal Road University


September 26, 2021


Royal Roads University is located on the traditional lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) ancestors and families who have lived here for thousands of years. This land has been part of the fabric of the life of Indigenous communities long before Hatley Castle was built, and it will be long into the future. It is with gratitude that we now learn and work here, where the past, present and future of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty and staff come together. Located in one of Canada's most beautiful National Historic Sites, RRU is just minutes from downtown Victoria, British Columbia and is surrounded by old growth forest and awe-inspiring ocean and mountain views. RRU is a special-purpose university that delivers high-quality applied and professional programs. Established by the provincial government in 1995 through the Royal Roads University Act, RRU was created with a unique mandate and governance structure to respond to the labour market needs of British Columbia. RRU has over 20,000 alumni in 65 countries. With a reputation for innovation, RRU is a leader in the delivery of blended learning programs, which combine intensive residency experiences with online course work.

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Research Assistant

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Royal Roads University -> Office of the Vice President Research & International -> Research

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Job Description

Dr. Heykoop is seeking a Research Program Coordinator to support a program of research focused on young adult cancer care in BC. The research program focuses on understanding the lived experiences of young adults with cancer and working with cancer care allies (healthcare professionals, decision-makers, and community organizations) to co-develop more integrated and responsive ways to improve young adult cancer care in BC. This role supports two projects funded by the MSFHR and the Vancouver Foundation that contribute to Heykoop's research program focused on young adult cancer care. It will support the establishment of and the execution of this program of research. This research program will use the principles of participatory action research (PAR) and patient-oriented research (POR) to meaningfully engage AYAs and cancer care allies (healthcare professionals, decision makers, researchers, and community organizations) to better understand AYA cancer care and explore how cancer care systems can respond to the unique, complex needs of AYAs with cancer. Led by a researcher with lived experience of cancer as an AYA and 15 years of experience conducting PAR, the work seeks to inform AYA cancer care research, policy, and practice in BC and beyond.

As a Research Program Coordinator you will assist Dr. Heykoop with this program of research focused on young adult cancer care in BC. Specific tasks include:

  • liaising with advisory group members and research participants
  • assisting with participant recruitment
  • co-drafting literature reviews and articles
  • assisting with knowledge mobilization materials (e.g. infographics, media, reports; websites, newsletters, blogs)
  • assisting with participatory action research process
  • planning/coordinating/facilitating meetings, events and webinars
  • research grant writing
  • other tasks as deemed relevant and appropriate by the applicant and Dr. Heykoop
  • The successful applicant is expected to work remotely and have experience being part of a virtual team, including collaborating and sharing virtually.

    The position requires journals searches, retrieval of relevant literature, organization of findings and writing related reports.

    Job Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree (post graduate degree preferred);
  • Understanding and experience with participatory action research (or similar processes);
  • Knowledge and understanding of the cancer care system in BC;
  • Experience working with young people affected by cancer or a chronic illness;
  • Well developed organizational abilities and administrative skills (e.g. Office 365, excel spreadsheets, data management, minute taking etc.);
  • Knowledge and experience of using online platforms (e.g. Zoom, Collaborate, Miro etc.);
  • Excellent inter-personal skills (e.g. online and face to face communication, email etiquette, team work etc.);
  • Experience with literature searches and data analysis;
  • Excellent writing skills (e.g. academic and professional);
  • Understanding of research ethics and ethical procedures;
  • Reliability and ability to work independently; and
  • Lived experience with cancer is an asset.
  • Additional Information

    This is a temporary, part-time position working 20 hours per week for a one- year term. The salary is $60,937.50 per annum (pro-rated to $32,500 for 0.53 FTE). The University is pleased to offer a limited benefits package. Royal Roads University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty and staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

    While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates shortlisted for further consideration will be contacted. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please contact us directly at attention: Damon Colgan or 250-391-2600 extension 4402 so we can offer you individualized assistance and ensure equity in our recruitment and hiring process. ALL COMPETITIONS WILL CLOSE AT 10.00 P.M. ON THE DATE OF CLOSING

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