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Research Assistant

Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax, NS

Closing date: April 23, 2021 at 11:59 pm


The Nova Scotia node of the Maritime SPOR Support Unit (MSSU) is situated at the Victoria General site of Nova Scotia Health and is one of eleven geographically based research units across Canada designed to provide methodological, data, knowledge translation and capacity building activities that facilitate the conduct of high quality research to improve the health of the people living in the Maritime Provinces. By design, the MSSU addresses the health research priorities of government and provincial health authorities, while also serving as a resource to health researchers and the public. The MSSU is dedicated to supporting patient-oriented research and decision-making that will reflect the needs and values of Maritime patients. Reporting to the Research Manager, MSSU, the Research Assistant supports the research activities of the MSSU by providing planning, logistical and administrative support. The Research Assistant is responsible for managing the administrative duties for multiple research projects simultaneously and is a contributing member of multi-disciplinary research teams.


  • Completion of a relevant Bachelor’s degree with experience in research required. Master’s degree in a health research, health services, or related field preferred (e.g., Epidemiology, Psychology, Public Health).
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in a research environment
  • Previous experience in a health care / research setting considered an asset
  • Experience managing administrative tasks for multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience with patient engagement and / or public relations an asset
  • Demonstrated oral and written fluency in English required
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to draft, format and edit correspondence
  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision making skills
  • Competence in using scientific journal search engines (PubMed, Ovid, Google Scholar) an asset
  • Competence with data analysis software (SPSS, STATA, R, SAS) an asset
  • Management and analysis of quantitative data (e.g., descriptive statistics, parametric and non-parametric tests) an asset
  • Experience conducting interviews or focus groups an asset
  • Competence with reference manager software (Endnote, Mendeley) an asset
  • Experience with the preparation of Research Ethics Board (REB) materials and applications an asset
  • Experience with the preparation of materials for reports, presentations, papers, and other knowledge translation materials as appropriate an asset
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint) and email required
  • Well-developed organizational, time management and daily planning skills
  • Ability to work well independently as well as within a multi-disciplinary, multi-site team environment
  • Ability to deal with a wide variety of people and personalities in  a professional manner
  • Travel to other sites may be required
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

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