Part-Time Research Assistants: Qualitative Research Interviewers
September 2019 – February 2020

We are seeking 3-4 students for part-time Research Assistant positions to conduct qualitative interviews as part of the Thriving on Campus: LGBTQ2S+ Campus Climate at Ontario Universities. This mixed-methods study aims to promote understanding of the experiences, wellbeing, and academic development of LGBTQ2S+ university students throughout the province. A quantitative survey occurred winter 2019 and we will complete qualitative interviews fall 2019 and early 2020. Qualitative data analysis will start late fall and continue into the spring 2020. We will be conducting interviews with LGBTQ2S+ students from throughout the province.

The successful candidates will have experience conducting qualitative research interviews utilizing a semi-structured approach, including the effective use of probes and prompts. They will be able to conduct interviews either online or in-person (given the provincial scope, most interviews are anticipated to be online). Interviewers must be able to build rapport with gender and sexually diverse individuals, and be able to explore sensitively topics related to inclusion/exclusion and wellbeing. Knowledge of the experiences and strengths of LGBTQ2S+ students is required. Interviewers must be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Experience interviewing university-age is an asset, as is the ability to conduct interviews in French. The ideal candidates will possess excellent organizational and communication skills, and understand how to protect the security of interview recordings. Students must provide their TCPS2 certificate and participate in training specific to the position. There is an opportunity to extend the contract to include qualitative data analysis for candidates with strong coding and analysis competencies, including using NVivo and/or Dedoose. Given that virtual interviews will be conducted, interviewers do not necessarily have to be located in the Faculty of Social Work in Kitchener for the interviews; a private location with reliable internet is required. However, interviewers must be able to attend the training session in-person in Kitchener (date to be determined in consultation with research assistants).

Hours: Approximately 20-30 hours between September 2019 and February 2020 (the number of hours depends on the number of interviews one conducts; total hours will be much higher for those engaged in data analysis and the end date will likely be May 2020). Pay rate: $22-$30/hr

To apply: Please submit your resume and a brief cover letter highlighting your relevant experiences and competencies, and general ability to work during the day, evenings, and weekends throughout the fall semester (interviews will be scheduled according to participants’ availability) via email to by 11:59pm, July 31, 2019.

Laurier is committed to employment equity and values diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and any sexual and/or gender identity. All qualified students are encouraged to apply. We especially encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQ2S+ community to apply and self-identify in their cover letter. To obtain a copy of this job posting in an accessible format, please contact Emily Cox, or 226.747.1643.