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Research Assistant

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Author pmnationtalk
Date September 5, 2019
Deadline Open
Type Part Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Natural Resource
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Research Assistant

Posting ID : 11242
Apply By : 9/30/2019
Position Title : Research Assistant
Job Type : Part-time, Limited Term
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Associate Professor
Position Summary :

We are seeking a part-time Research Assistant for the Fall of 2019 to assist a SSHRC-funded research project examining the evolution of the organization of the New Democratic Party of Canada. Part of this project involves examining correlates of support for the NDP over a multi-decadal time span, with a particular emphasis on the different dimensions of social class.

Working conditions: The hours are flexible and the work can be conducted remotely.  Start and completion date are flexible, but ideally will occur in the Fall 2019 academic term. The employee will report primarily to Dr. Simon Kiss at Wilfrid Laurier University and secondarily to Dr. Peter Graefe at McMaster University

The project is expected to take between 30 and 50 hours of work, although this is flexible.

There is potential for further work in the event that the successful candidate is interested.

Accountabilities : The primary task for the RA will be to construct a time series data set from the Canada Election Studies.  This will involve writing code that:

  • Loads data files
  • Selects variables of interest to the researchers
  • Conducts any recodes for missing values and for scaling purposes
  • Renames variables consistently
Qualifications :
  • At least a Master’s degree in the social sciences with demonstrated experience in quantitative research.
  • It would be useful for the candidate to have a demonstrated scholarly interest in issues of social class, stratification or economic inequality as well as voting behaviour.
  • Ideally, the successful candidate will have strong capabilities in R. The research group is prepared to invest in some training courses for the candidate to develop this facility.
Salary Notes :

The salary for the successful candidate will range from C$22-C$28 for Master’s students (or graduates) and C$28 – C$33 for doctoral students (or graduates).

Contact Information:

  • Simon Kiss, PhD
  • Associate Proffesor
  • Digital Media and Journalism
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
Please Note :

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

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