STUDENT JOB POSTING – Research Assistant




**the following position is being offered ONLY to students at the University of Regina**

Job Posting: Research Assistant
Project: Alcohol Harm Reduction Literature Review

Position Summary
The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG), in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts Community Research Unit (CRU), is seeking a Student Research Assistant to assist with conducting a review of literature based on research questions developed with community partner Carmichael Outreach Inc.

The objectives of the literature review are to:
a) enhance knowledge and inform future decision making at community and agency levels with regard to advocating for evidence-informed harm reduction interventions for alcohol moderation of Housing First clients in Regina
b) identify factors that can affect the full implementation of harm reduction program components of the Housing First model into practice
c) identify best-practices for implementation of a managed alcohol program

Main Responsibilities

  • To search, review and summarize peer-reviewed and grey literature on the effectiveness of harm reduction interventions for managed alcohol programs and other complementary services for clients in supported housing programs
  • Based on the findings of the literature review, write a final report on the current evidence-informed practices related to research questions developed by the research team partners
  • To meet regularly with the project team to discuss the progress of literature review and report writing
  • To communicate with the community partner, academic supervisor and other identified collaborators
  • To assist with presenting findings of the literature review at the end-of-project meeting to the project team and other community partners
  • Conduct other project-related activities as specified by the project team, specifically the community partner and an academic supervisor

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Technical skills: Microsoft Office, web-based reference manager (e.g. Refworks), experience with database searches
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and writing skills
  • Interpersonal and strong organization skills, time management skills and ability to complete assigned work on time
  • Experience (or familiarity) with projects in community development, health and social services for population with complex needs is an asset


  • Third or fourth year undergraduate or graduate student
  • Preferred Disciplines: Human or Social Justice, Psychology, Education, Public Policy, Nursing, Social Work or related disciplines

Schedule & Wage
The student researcher will be contracted for a maximum of 120 hours of work from early November, 2017 to March 31, 2018. The work hours and the location of the work are somewhat flexible. The wage will reflect CUPE 2419 rates.

To apply, please prepare the following and send it to:
Krystal Lewis, Executive Director
Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)

• Resume and Cover Letter
• Contact information of two referees who can provide professional or academic references
• An example of a written report (this can be a completed project report or a research paper/assignment on a topic in health or social sciences)

Deadline for Applications: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 4pm

Project Partners
The Community Research Unit (CRU) is based out of the Faculty of Arts, and aims to connect community groups and University of Regina faculty and students through research, service-learning and other collaborative activities.

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is a student-funded resource centre at the University of Regina committed to social and environmental justice. They provide the resources and funding necessary to enable students to organize around issues through research, education, and action.

Carmichael Outreach Inc. is a respected community based organization that advocates on behalf of and provides services to people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. We believe in fostering empowerment through dignity, respect and advocacy, as well as engaging the community in our work to end poverty and homelessness.

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