Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at UBC iSchool

Application Deadline: January 11, 2019

Dr. Luanne Freund (UBC iSchool) and Aleha McCauley (UBC Library) are looking for a Graduate Research Assistant to work on phase 1 of SSHRC-funded project, Exploring existing and emerging knowledge translation (KT) practices. The job pays $23 per hour, up to 10 hours per week, from January to April (16 weeks). For more details, see the complete job description below.


The Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) will work on phase 1 of a project that seeks to investigate community-based dissemination of research through an online portal and search system – the DTES InfoHub.  The successful applicant will work with the project team, including UBC iSchool researcher and UBC Librarians, to assist in the design and evaluation process for the portal and to investigate novel ways to extend the current capabilities of the system, including resolving metadata inconsistencies, both within our internal databases and between other platforms. This position is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant (PDG) “Making Research Accessible: Transforming the Utility of Scholarly Communication for the Downtown Eastside Community in Vancouver, BC.”

This is a limited term position, with possibility of continuation.

Duration of employment: January to April 2018 (16 weeks)

Rate of Pay: $23 per hour x 10 hours per week (+ vacation pay)



The GRA can expect to work on projects such as:

  • Conduct a thorough literature review on the design and evaluation of community-facing information systems and open access research portals for community-based research and knowledge exchange;
  • Assist to develop, implement, and maintaining metadata standards and workflows for the new portal
  • Assist in the elaboration of personae for use in the design and evaluation process;
  • Research novel approaches to storing and sharing research studies as workflows and packages, including datasets, summaries, and social media components’
  • Document work processes and report these to supervising staff as needed;
  • Meet deadlines for project deliverables;
  • Attend meetings with the project team;
  • Communicate effectively with research supervisors;
  • Conduct themselves professionally with respect to project team members and stakeholders, including the secure and ethical handling of confidential information and organizational materials.



The GRA will be supervised by Luanne Freund (UBC iSchool) and Aleha McCauley (UBC Library).



We seek a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) in library and information science with an interest in information design, information systems and human computer interaction.  The GRA should have:

  • Knowledge of human-centred research methods and ethics;
  • Some knowledge of information systems and design, including a general interest in and comfort with technology;
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Ability to meet deadlines;
  • Good organization, research and analysis skills;
  • Experience working in non-profit, charitable, and community organizations or settings is an asset;
  • Knowledge of or experience working in the Downtown Eastside and/or with substance users an asset.



Interested applicants should address their curriculum vitae/resumé and a cover letter outlining their interest in the position and relevant qualifications to Dr. Luanne Freund and Aleha McCauley.  Applications can be sent to: with the subject line: Graduate Research Assistant Position – InfoHub .

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday, January 11, 2019.


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