Seeking a research assistant: Realist evaluation of violence prevention education in BC health care

February 2019: The Partnership for Work, Health and Safety is seeking a part-time (40%) research assistant to work on a realist evaluation of the violence prevention curriculum used in the BC healthcare sector. The evaluation will provide meaningful evidence to inform violence prevention program and policy decisions, and the research assistant will apply their skills in coding qualitative data from transcripts, identifying key information and issues in the data, and effectively extracting key themes and patterns. Candidates with experience in realist evaluation methodologies are preferred.

Job description

The research assistant:

  • Participates in data extraction and coding of transcripts and other documents using qualitative analysis software (NVivo);
  • Contributes to the development of codes as well as context, mechanism and outcome explanations using a realist methodology approach;
  • Conducts preliminary analyses and participates in development of findings;
  • Develops data documentation and other necessary documentation for coding team;
  • Organizes and maintains project documents, files and collected data;
  • May contribute to and edit project reports, research briefs and peer review publications;
  • Maintains project timelines;
  • Ensures Principal Investigator and Director of Privacy and Operations are notified about any issues or problems in a timely manner; and
  • Maintains confidentiality of data and exercises judgment, responsibility, and initiative in conducting all work tasks.

Desired skills and experience


  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or graduation from a technical college or institute. Bachelor’s degree in a social discipline, or equivalent experience, preferred.


  • Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in conducting primary data collection is required.
  • Experience coding qualitative data preferred. Knowledge of realist evaluation methodology preferred.
  • Familiarity with health care settings and the risk of workplace violence and related injuries to health care workers is an asset.


  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to be thorough, accurate, and have a high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Ability to code in NVivo, identify key information and issues in primary data, and effectively extract key themes.
  • Interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively independently and in a team.

This position is responsible for access, collection, use and disclosure of personal information in accordance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RSBC 1996) and other UBC privacy and security policies. This position requires employees to work under strict confidentiality requirements, and internal procedures and policies to protect personal information must be followed.

About our organization

The Partnership is dedicated to addressing current and emerging issues of work-related health in British Columbia. The Partnership takes the lead in work-related health research by developing and promoting the use of routinely collected health and compensation data to generate policy-relevant evidence for compensation and occupational health decision-makers, via our data partner, Population Data BC. The data allows us to conduct research on the entire working-age population over a 25-year period, providing a unique and comprehensive portrait of the health and well-being of workers in British Columbia. The Partnership works with researchers and decision-makers in other jurisdictions to create similar databases for comparative research purposes.

Our team is comprised of a diverse and multidisciplinary group of faculty, students, and staff, situated in the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. SPPH is an innovative unit structured around four divisions (Occupational and Environmental Health; Health Services and Policy; Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Practice; and Health in Populations) that provides multidisciplinary opportunities for researchers, learners and decision makers to develop creative evidence-based strategies to solve public health issues.

To apply

Please apply by via the UBC Careers website by March 1.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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