Social Sciences and Humanities Research

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Coordinator - NR 4

Purpose:

Primary responsibility for the execution of the basic investigative tasks of the research project(s) and contributing to the ongoing management, progress evaluation, and information dissemination relating to the project(s).

Typical tasks and duties:

Conduct of Research Project

  • Performs on-site field research at local, regional and international levels.
  • Undertakes day to day research activity within the overall agreed research program by preparing, setting up, conducting and recording the outcomes of data and information gathering activities, experiments and fieldwork.
  • Collects qualitative and quantitative data (onsite, on‐line, in the field).
  • Administers research questionnaires and / or standardized tests to research subjects.
  • Conducts information and data retrieval searches using electronic databases;  Conducts case-based analysis research, including work with detailed primary documents.
  • Conducts document analysis research (e.g. searching, reading and analyzing company reports and financial statements).
  • Conducts and leads focus groups.
  • Conducts internet-based and library research.
  • Extracts and links data from different databases for analysis.
  • Conducts interview (face‐to‐face, telephone and online).
  • Assists with reviewing, assembling, and synthesizing existing research literature within the field.
  • Conducts observational studies.
  • Develops online digital resources, including databases and corpuses.
  • Contributes subject matter, such as interviews, documents and analyses, to online digital resources.
  • Develops and implements new research databases.
  • Ensures compliance with University and sponsor regulations.
  • Ensures compliance with ethics approvals.
  • Recruits, screens, schedules, and tracks research participants; performs any necessary follow-up tasks.
  • Obtains informed consent of research subjects and/or their guardians.

Data capture, maintenance and access

  • Data collection, entry and record keeping.
  • Compiles, codes, categorizes, tabulates information or data.
  • Verifies the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases; corrects any errors.
  • Audits or verifies information or data.
  • Maintains accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary.
  • Creates and maintains computer data sets and databases, including participant database.

Data Analysis

  • Processes, organizes and summarizes data, reporting experiment results using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or statistical software applications or program platforms.
  • Conducts preliminary analysis of qualitative data, summarization of findings, and development of visuals to communicate findings to stakeholders.
  • Performs content analysis of unstructured open‐ended data (including: open‐ended survey responses, literature reviews, audio recordings, pictures and web pages, etc..) using such qualitative research software as NVivo Conducts statistical analyses ranging from descriptive and correlation analysis to multivariate analyses using computer software.
  • Designs and creates special programs for tasks such as data entry, cleaning and statistical analysis.
  • Develops models and write programs with software such as SPSS, SAS, and Microsoft Excel.  
  • Prepares detailed documentation files.
  • Prepares tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results.
  • Assists with the preparation, writing, translation (English and French), of key documents including ethics applications, project reports, manuscripts for publication, abstracts, scientific posters and presentations by providing technical content in support of such documents.

Project management

  • Assists with welcoming, training, guiding, and supervising students and research staff.

Project administration

  • Develops, implements and maintains physical and electronic filing systems, especially for data management.
  • Carries out general project administration and communication duties as required by the project.
  • Plans and arranges meetings with research subjects, focus groups, teleconferences and other research activities; takes and prepares minutes.
  • Plans and arranges meetings, teleconferences and other research related dissemination events.
  • Tracks expenses, including participant reimbursements.
  • Tracks laboratory and other operational supplies; requests or acquires equipment or supplies necessary for the project.

Writing up and submitting research results for publication or presentation

  • Collates and organizes, material for research papers, manuscripts, interim progress or final reports, articles or other documents for publication, presentation or submission to funding agencies, steering groups, etc.
  • Assists investigator and project staff with authoring relevant sections of manuscripts, and facilitate submission of study results, conference abstracts and preparation of posters and oral presentations journal articles, for publications.

Organize and / or participate in information dissemination activities

  • Assists in the organization and implementation of research dissemination events including conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • Assists in the organization of and development of material for, and implements research coordination events including conferences, seminars and workshops amongst project investigators and stakeholders.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant research and research dissemination meetings.
  • Assists with any other duties required by the research project or management of the research lab.

Knowledge, skills, education and experience:

  • Undergraduate degree related discipline; graduate degree is an asset.
  • One to two (1 – 2) years’ experience in research positions.
  • Familiarity with qualitative research methodologies and their applications.
  • Familiarity with quantitative research methods, statistics and their applications.
  • Experience with literature searches and retrievals using electronic database.
  • Intermediate computer skills and experience using MS Office (Excel, Power Point, Word, Access).
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, to work under pressure, to effectively manage overlapping duties and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to attend to detail and display resourcefulness.
  • Strong organisational, time management, coordination and facilitation skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills as well as the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Advanced written and verbal skills in English or French. Bilingualism, spoken and written, is preferred.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Associate - NR 6

Purpose:

Primary responsibility for implementation, coordination, evaluation, communication and/or management of research studies.

Typical tasks and duties:

Project preparation

  • Conducts detailed operational preparation of research project including schedules, progress, coordination, deliverables, milestones of the project.
  • Collaborates in development of new techniques and develops research instruments.
  • Develops and assesses qualitative and quantitative research instruments (i.e. structured interviews, questionnaires, document/chart review matrix, etc.), with a strong understanding of the requirements of valid, reliable and feasible application in onsite, on‐line and field settings.
  • Refines and adapts research methodologies and research instruments as the project progresses in light of results being obtained and of effectiveness of project implementation, as directed by the Project Investigator or senior research staff.
  • Writes, edits and submits protocols and other required research documentation for research ethics and regulatory matters.

 Project implementation, management and oversight

  • Performs on‐site field research at local, regional and international levels.
  • Applies a variety of research techniques to gather information and research data in the pursuit of research objectives, by directing or carrying out such methodologies as surveys and questionnaires, participant observation, interviews (face‐to‐face, telephone and online), focus groups, literature reviews, internet‐based and library research, document analysis, case studies or other investigative techniques.
  • Ensures that the rights and well‐being of human subjects are respected and protected.
  • Participates in subject recruitment processes as needed.
  • Conducts research project activities requiring a higher level of autonomy, training or skill.
  • Contributes to production of critical reviews or editions.
  • Tracks/monitors/provides justification for all financial aspects of the project ensuring accurate and timely reporting (including, if required, travel and in kind contributions of Principal Investigator and all other partners).

Data collection and management

  • Oversees data collection, entry and record keeping.
  • Develops and maintains systems for organizing and curating all qualitative research activities and data including recording of information obtained during or created immediately post data collection.
  • Prepares, manipulates, and manages extensive databases.
  • Provides ready access to all experimental data for the faculty researcher and/or supervisor.

Data Analysis and Interpretation

  • Oversees the execution of all phases of data analysis plan(s) and contributes to components currently being developed.
  • Interprets data, information and /or experimental and analytical results to identify key issues, to understand trends, characteristics and tendencies and to generate conclusions.
  • Conducts sophisticated and/or advanced data analyses which may require specialized expertise and experience and interprets results.
  • Informs Principal Investigator of project results, analyses, and interpretation, including thoughts on their impact on the conduct of the project so that appropriate adjustments can be made as the work progresses.

Project management

  • Welcomes, trains, guides, and supervises students and research staff.
  • Develops and maintain reference libraries and other references, which may include using knowledge management software.
  • Ensures eligibility of project expenditures in accordance with funding agency requirements.
  • Develops and implements regulatory compliance processes including data security, privacy, ethics, etc.
  • Develops and implements research quality control procedures.
  • Manages research study including subject interaction, implementation of study design and controls, and on- and off-site trouble shooting.
  • Monitors the status of individual or multiple projects and ensures that interim and final deadlines are met.
  • Designs, develops and maintains existing and new database systems, including interfaces with web sites and including programming as necessary.
  • Solves maintenance problems with existing and new electronic resources, including programming as necessary.
  • Improves the operation of computing resources through continuing evaluation, development and documentation to ensure effective provision of support.

Project administration

  • Develops, documents and implements procedures to ensure accurate and timely reporting.

Writing up and submitting research results for publication or presentation

  • Contributes to the drafting and submitting of papers to peer reviewed journals/conferences/workshops and of grant proposals and applications.
  • Summarizes in written format (i.e. report suitable for submission to client and/or funding agency) information relating to project design, implementation, evolution and findings.

Organize and / or participate in information dissemination activities

  • Conducts research dissemination events including conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • Conducts and develops material for research coordination events including conferences, seminars and workshops amongst project investigators and stakeholders.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant research and research dissemination meetings.

Promote application and impact of research work and results

  • Summarizes results in written format suitable for consumption by lay audiences unfamiliar with statistical techniques and terminology.
  • Summarizes results in written format understandable by the “educated professional” (i.e. college--‐educated individual)

Assists with any other duties required by the research project or management of the research lab.

Knowledge, skills, education and experience:

  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree in a related discipline; graduate degree is preferred.
  • Two to five years’ experience in research positions or one to two years of research experience with a graduate degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience with qualitative research methodologies used in research projects or program.
  • Ability to work independently, adapt rapidly to change and to demonstrate flexibility and initiative.
  • Strong organizational, analytical and tech/scientific oral/writing skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills as well as the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to coordinate workflow.
  • Sound judgement in applying scientific principles & predicting/preventing problems.
  • Ability to adapt protocols as needed (within guidelines).
  • Strong computer skills and experience using qualitative and quantitative analysis software and with MS Office (Excel, Power Point, Word, Access).
  • Advanced written and verbal skills in English or French. Bilingualism, spoken and written, is preferred.
Senior Social Sciences and Humanities Research Associate - NR 8

Purpose:

Works at senior level. Translates the overarching research program objectives into operational research projects. Responsible for overseeing ongoing research within the research program scope. Independently conducts and coordinates complex projects.

Typical tasks and duties:

Project conceptualization / development

  • Perform needs assessments and/or consult with clients in order to determine the types of research and information that are required.
  • Conceptualizes, plans, develops, designs and conducts complex qualitative and/or quantitative research projects.
  • Develops hypotheses and theories.
  • Identifies resources in the research and broader community to approach research challenges.
  • Identifies research partnership opportunities. 

Project definition

  • Defines research objectives within a given research scope.
  • Designs research projects using appropriate and creative investigative methodologies-may involve the use of quantitative and/or qualitative methods and may include both pilot and development work; Methodologies may include: surveys and questionnaires, participant observation, interviews (face‐to-face, telephone and online), focus groups, literature reviews, internet‐based and library research, document analysis, case studies or other investigative techniques.
  • Investigates, formulates, and/or develops new protocols, procedures, techniques or applications of technology to advanced and highly complex research.
  • Ensures that research methodologies and instruments meet applicable ethical and regulatory standards.
  • Assesses the need refines and adapts research methodologies and research instruments as the project progresses in light of results being obtained and of effectiveness of project implementation; Directs and implements any necessary adaptations.

Data capture, maintenance and access

  • Develops data security and integrity strategies.

Data Analysis

  • Develops data analysis plan(s).
  • Monitors data on an ongoing basis.

Project management

  • Manages and motivates the project team.
  • Oversees induction, training, guidance and supervision of students and research staff.
  • Provides guidance as required to staff and students assisting with the research.
  • Delegates project tasks; monitors progress.
  • Allocates and manage laboratory space, equipment, and technical resources.
  • Monitors the project budget, including comparison of actual versus projects expenditures.
  • Monitors, measures, and reviews project performance.
  • Compares project progress to expenditures to assess feasibility of completing project on time and on budget.
  • Identifies and anticipates potential financial problems.
  • Identifies and anticipates research problems; develops, assesses and implements strategies to avoid or correct problems.
  • Adjust project plans as appropriate and as project progresses.
  • Provides expert advice and solutions to research staff and students research methodologies, techniques, and their application, and on the analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Plans, develops and implements complex and dynamic web sites for publication of large electronic resources.
  • Provides expertise and participates in the negotiation of collaborative and partnership agreements.
  • Coordinates information management.
  • Ensures that all internal and external reporting obligations are met.
  • Assures timely completion of studies.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with project stakeholders to optimize performance of research program and projects.
  • Liaises with project stakeholders, include sponsors, partners, etc.

Project Administration

  • Oversees all project administrative functions.
  • Writing up and submitting research results for publication or presentation.
  • Writes up independent research results and communicate research results within the research group, at meetings through publications and other recognised avenues as appropriate.
  • Organize and / or participate in information dissemination activities.
  • Conceives, oversees the organization of, and implements research dissemination events including conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • Conceives, oversees the organization of and development of material for, and implements research coordination events including conferences, seminars and workshops amongst project investigators and stakeholders.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant research and research dissemination meetings.
  • Present and disseminate results, both orally and in writing.

Promote application and impact of research work and results

  • Promotes application of research results by such activities as: advising external bodies on social policy; contributing to public engagement activities as appropriate; informing public debate; coordinating multidisciplinary knowledge exchange activities; offering research-based briefings; providing historical and cultural expertise; providing new interpretations of art works and the social, political and aesthetic contexts in which they were created, performed or displayed; curating art exhibitions and editing the accompanying exhibition catalogues.

Assists with any other duties required by the research project or management of the researchlab.

Knowledge, skills, education and experience:

  • Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and at least five years of practical experience as a senior researcher or M.Sc. with several years (5‐7) of job‐related work experience.
  • One to two years of management or project management experience.
  • Excellent organizational, leadership, problem-solving and analytical skills required.
  • Judgement in choosing best protocol/adapting procedures to meet changing needs.
  • Computer skills to aid in research, analysis and data presentation.
  • Excellent interpersonal, technical, scientific and communications skills (written/oral).
  • Ability to manage teams and people.
  • Experience working with stakeholders to design, author, manage qualitative studies.
  • Advanced written and verbal skills in English or French. Bilingualism, spoken and written, is preferred.
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