Research Assistant – Qualitative Research, Enhancing the Prevention of Injury & Disability (EPID)@Work Research Institute

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Enhancing the Prevention of Injury & Disability at Work

Research Assistant – Qualitative Research

Enhancing the Prevention of Injury & Disability (EPID)@Work Research Institute


Department: EPID@Work Research Institute

Review of applications begins: September 8, 2022


Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for a Research Assistant – Qualitative Researchwith the EPID@Work Research Institute. This position is a limited term 3-year position with the possibility of renewal. 


Lakehead University is a comprehensive, research-intensive university, founded in 1956, with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With 11 Canada Research Chairs, 338 full-time faculty members, 13 research centers, 38 graduate programs (over 1300 graduate students), and external research funding that has increased 62.5% in the last 15 years, Lakehead’s sustained development in research is clear. As a result, for five years in a row (2015 to 2019) Lakehead University was named Research University of the Year in Canada by Re$earch Infosource in our peer group category. Re$earch Infosource also ranked Lakehead first among undergraduate universities in Canada for our total amount of funding from non-profit partners for the period from 2013 to 2017. 


The Senate-approved EPID@Work Research Institute is the injury and disability Research Institute for Northwestern Ontario. Established in 2018, the mandate of EPID@Work is to bring people together to reduce work-related injury and disability through collaborative applied research and provision of education to enhance knowledge related to injury and disability. The Institute recently became a partner with the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development and holds a seat at the Ministry’s Prevention Research Partner’s Table. Information generated from our research informs practice and policies aiming to improve health and social outcomes in Northwestern Ontario and beyond. 


The goals of the Institute are to 1) conduct, high-quality, community-based, transdisciplinary research in the areas of work-related injury and disability prevention, with a focus on issues relevant to Northwestern Ontario; 2) participate in, develop and evaluate integrated knowledge exchange approaches with community stakeholders and the greater research community participating in all phases of the research process; and 3) provide an exemplary training and experience opportunity for the next generation of community-based transdisciplinary researchers in Northwestern Ontario and beyond. The research foci of the EPID@Work Research Institute (mental health in the workplace; equity, diversity and inclusion; and knowledge mobilization and implementation) fit well into the university’s priority research areas: Cultures, Societies and Social Justice; First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Research; and Health and Well-Being. 


The EPID@Work Research Institute is seeking a qualified candidate to conduct Qualitative Research and be involved with associated projects.  They will draft REB applications and perform data collection through interviews and process the data found by managing it for analysis and data curation. They will conduct qualitative data analyses of various types, using NVIVO or other qualitative analysis software. The Assistant will draft reports, journal articles and presentations based on the analyses conducted.  


The candidate will have a Masters degree in Public Health, Business or other occupational health-oriented field with relevant experience or an MD and post-graduate training in qualitative research methods.  Candidates with related degrees and working experience are encouraged to apply.  The candidate will have experience in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, validating and presenting data to stakeholders.  Experience with NVIVO for data management and statistical analysis is considered an asset.  With strong qualitative research skills, the candidate will have the ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a single PDF document containing a cover letter, resume, and the contact information of three professional references to:

Dr. Vicki Kristman

Director, EPID@Work Research Institute


A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada form must accompany your package. Review of applications will begin on September 8, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. More information on the EPID@Work Research Institute is available at

The health and wellbeing of our employees is of the utmost importance to us.  Lakehead University encourages and supports our employees in prioritizing their own wellbeing. To support our employees in balancing their working and personal lives, whether working traditional hours in the workplace or remotely, we have implemented a Disconnecting from Work Policy to encourage employees to disconnect from work outside of their working hours.

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  Lakehead University is committed to an environment of open access to employment opportunities. Accommodations are available for all applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at (807) 343-8334. We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.