Job title: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Psychology

Company: University of Saskatchewan

Job description: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Psychology
The Language, Culture, and Identity Lab is housed within the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Psychology and Health Studies. Research projects carried out are relevant to, and can inform, socio-cultural issues. Dr. Collins, the Principal Investigator, is especially interested in issues of language, culture, and identity.
Primary Purpose: The Language, Culture, and Identity Lab is seeking an individual to manually code approximately 250 news articles for a specific form a linguistic bias. This is an essential research task that requires a meticulous person with great attention to detail.
Nature of Work: Successful applicants will enjoy a flexible schedule and remote working environment. They will be available to work 10-20 hours/week, though 20 hours/week is preferred. They will report to Traci-lee Christianson, the project lead, weekly by Zoom and on as-needed basis by email. Following a training period, the Research Assistants will provide updates and identify weekly goals (e.g., code 60 articles) during regular Zoom meetings. Otherwise, work will be carried out independently.
Typical Duties or Accountabilities: In your appointment of Research Assistant, you will be responsible for reading and quantitatively coding news articles. This will involve selecting relevant text, and determining the valence of the excerpts and the level of abstraction. Training will be provided. The Research Assistant will be required to populate and maintain a spreadsheet with coding results as well as any notes with updates, questions, or concerns. It is expected that coding one article will take approximately 15-20 minutes. In total, Research Assistants will be expected to code approximately 250 articles.
Education: Social Sciences Undergraduate Student, preferably in the third or fourth year of their degree.
Licenses: TCPS2 CORE Certificate is an asset.
Experience: Exposure to social science research through undergraduate research courses is an asset.

  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Interest in language and bias research.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.

Interested applicants must include the following in their application: 1-page cover letter, curriculum vitae, completed skills-assessment task.
Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Traci-lee Christianson at Traci.christianson@usask.ca.
Department: Psychology
Status: Hourly
Employment Group: Undergraduate Students – Non-union
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 0.25-0.50
Salary: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $14.00 – 16.96 per hour. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Salary Phase/Band: Salary Band 1
Posted Date: 1/24/2024
Closing Date: 2/7/2024
Number of Openings: 4
Work Location: May be eligible for hybrid work under the terms of USask’s Alternative Workspace Guidelines
The successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where ‘Yes’ is indicated below. Further information is available at:
Criminal Record Check: Not Applicable
Driver’s License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable
Education/Credential Verification: Not Applicable
Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable The University is committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion, and are proud to support career opportunities for Indigenous peoples to reflect the community we serve. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. We continue to grow our partnerships with Indigenous communities across the province, nationally, and internationally and value the unique perspective that Indigenous employees provide to strengthen these relationships. Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship at the University of Saskatchewan is led and determined by the and Standing Committee in accordance with the processes developed to enact the policy. Successful candidates that assert Indigenous membership/citizenship will be asked to complete the verification process of Indigenous membership/citizenship with documentation. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

Location: Saskatoon, SK

Job date: Thu, 25 Jan 2024 00:56:53 GMT

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