Sexual Health and Gender (SHaG) Research Lab: Research Assistant

Job purpose

The Sexual Health and Gender (SHaG) research lab is located in the School of Health and Human Performance. The SHaG lab’s research includes substance use, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men’s health, sexual health, online technologies, and Indigenous boys’ and men’s sexual health. The SHaG research lab is continuously growing and is focused on a mentorship model.The research assistant will be a part of a research project exploring Indigenous boys’ and men’s roles, identities, and holistic sexual health through a community-based approach, with the aim of promoting sexual health and wellbeing and reducing the risks and impacts of HIV/AIDS and other STBBIs. The research assistant will be involved with community consultation, event planning, data collection, analysis and knowledge translation phase of this project. The RA will work closely and collaboratively with the SHaG research team as well as our community partners (Healing Our Nations and Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre). The RA will report to the PI, Dr. Matthew Numer.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, and community partners
  • Manage time effectively and ensure Lab Coordinator is kept informed of activities, and progress of work
  • Ensure all research is conducted ethically and in compliance with Tri-Council Policy Statement on Research Ethics (TCPS-2), OCAP, and institutional policies,
  • Adherence to research protocols and standard operating procedures
  • Collects, consolidates, and formats data from various sources to prepare reports
  • Preparation / assistance with grant applications and/or ethics applications when applicable
  • Analyze and synthesize data in collaboration with community partners
  • Participate in research activities related to the events planned and organized with community partners
  • Write and prepare manuscripts for publication
  • Work remotely while Covid-19 restrictions are in place according to university policies and public health mandates


Education: Masters Degree in a related field required: MA in Health Promotion, MA in Sociology, MA in Indigenous Health Sciences, MA in a social science with attention to Indigenous Peoples, MA in Indigenous Studies. Although equivalent experience will be considered.

Experience: Previous experience conducting research with Indigenous Communities and Partners is a strong asset. Experience with OCAP is an asset. Knowledge of research ethics and regulations for granting agencies (eg. Tri-Council) is a strong asset. Experience working and collaborating in diverse and inclusive settings is required. Indigenous scholars are encouraged to apply.

Skills: Strong interpersonal skills, excellent computer skills with knowledge of Word, Power Point, Excel, Microsoft TEAMS, and NVivo. Must be open to learning and development and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments. Demonstrates strong written and oral communication, team skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines. A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success.

Working conditions

Due to COVID-19, we are all currently working from home; therefore, the incumbent will be required to work from home. Travel (to the lab and Indigenous communities) will be a requirement after COVID-19 and the successful candidate will require a valid Nova Scotia driver’s license. The incumbent will need to be able to make effective, critical decisions in a fast-paced environment.


Jared Walters

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