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Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

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Job ID: 14058

Updated: October 27, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator, and will schedule and test infant and preschooler participants, oversee the training of coders and volunteers, and coordinate the day to day activities of the lab as well as the participant database.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Coordinate participant recruitment through developing advertising and other informational materials
  • Manage research participants database and scheduling
  • Responsible for research database management in support of research protocol
  • Work to maximize the value, timeliness and effectiveness of data collection and analysis; ensure the accuracy of data input into SPSS database
  • Acts as the primary administrative point of contact for the lab, responsible for training new staff to collect information, analyze and input data
  • Schedules and coordinates coders and volunteers
  • Meets regularly with principal investigator to discuss progress and results

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Psychology or related field
  • Experience working in a lab conducting research
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally
  • High degree of computer literacy (e.g. Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, SPSS, and online research databases)
  • Ability to compile, draft and maintain collected data and reports
  • Excellent organizational skills; attention to detail


  • Experience working with infants and toddlers
  • Knowledge of language development
  • Knowledge and skills of recruitment and selection practices of research participants
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work in a team environment with research participants and lab associates
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to follow specific directions and research protocols
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with undergraduate students, graduates students, research participants and professors

Application Deadline:  October 18, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Operational/Administrative Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

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