Student Research Assistant, Rural Evidence Review Project

Job Title

Student Research Assistant, Rural Evidence Review Project

Job Length

Short Term, until April 27th, 2018

Position Summary

The Student Research Assistant will support the Rural Evidence Review (RER) project.

The Rural Evidence Review project is a four-year initiative, jointly funded by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC and BC’s Strategic Patient Oriented Research SUPPORT Unit. The Rural Evidence Review project aims to provide robust, comprehensive evidence to inform the development of sustainable, evidence-based rural health services in British Columbia, and to facilitate the translation of this evidence into policy at local, regional and provincial levels in the province. The activities involved to achieve this objective include: (1) co-articulation of rural health service research needs with rural community stakeholders, (2) synthesis of the international evidence on expressed priorities in policy- and community-relevant formats, through a rural lens, and (3) implementation of findings into policy and decision-making discussions in British Columbia.

The research team is located within the Centre for Rural Health Research at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus).

Description of Duties

  • Assisting with evidence reviews, including such activities as:
    • Designing or modifying search strategies;
    • Collecting relevant literature;
    • In-depth reading of collected literature;
    • Data extraction;
    • Critical appraisal of collected literature;
  • Contributing to knowledge translation activities, including such activities as:
    • Facilitating the submission of academic publications for peer review;
    • Preparing summary briefings (e.g., policy briefs, evidence briefs) for dissemination to project stakeholders;

The duties will be performed under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator and the Project Coordinator.


  • University of British Columbia student (graduate or undergraduate) enrolled in a relevant discipline;
  • Ability to work 10 hours per week;
  • Experience with research synthesis and critical appraisal of research;
  • Interest in rural health, health services improvement and issues of social justice;
  • Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Exceptional judgment, problem solving, organizational and time management skills;
  • Demonstrates initiative, creativity and flexibility;
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Salary $16.61 per hour

How to Apply? For interested individuals, please forward your cover letter and resume to the Rural Evidence Review Project Coordinator:

Christine Carthew


Student Research Assistant Rural Evidence Review Project

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