Qualitative Research Methods Support (0.5 FTE)

The Qualitative Research Methods Support GAA provides support to Departmental graduate students and faculty members on qualitative research methods across a range of projects.  In addition, the GAA will assist students and faculty in the use and application of software for qualitative data analysis.  Please note that the commonly used phrase ‘qualitative research methods’ is used but this includes interpretive and/or critical approaches to research.


  1. Provide support to Departmental graduate students (and faculty members / RAs) regarding qualitative methods, including the use of qualitative analysis software and/or computer assisted data analysis across a range of theses, dissertations, and projects.
  2. Assist with the Department (and program) graduate student orientation in September as related to this position.
  3. Under the guidance of a faculty member with expertise in qualitative research methods (selected by MERM Program Coordinator), assist with any qualitative research methods workshops or surveys needed by the Department
  4. Meet regularly with the Qualitative Methods faculty member above, and report to the MERM Coordinator, MERM program, and/or department meeting as needed

Limitation to Duties: The role of the Qualitative Research Methods Support GAA is not to design studies or to complete coding or data analyses for theses, dissertations, class assignments, or take-home exams in whole or in part. The GAA role is simply to provide guidance and suggestions, review concepts, and provide tutorial support to graduate students on qualitative methods and use of qualitative analysis software and/or computer assisted data analysis.


The position requires introductory to intermediate qualitative research methods courses and experience conducting qualitative research. Familiarity and experience with computer assisted qualitative data analysis (e.g., using software such as Atlas.ti or NVivo) is preferred.


This appointment is a 5 hour/week commitment from Sept. 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018 with a stipend of $3,993 (for a doctoral student) or $3,842 (for a master’s level student).  The stipend is based on an average of 5 hours per week throughout the above time period; however, a flexible work schedule is expected to accommodate fluctuations in need and course offerings throughout the entire year beginning in September.


To apply, please send your cover letter and current CV to: ecps.administration@ubc.ca. The cover letter should describe: why you are interested in the position; your experience with qualitative research methods and analysis software; and what you think you can contribute to the position.

Deadline for applications is August 21, 2017

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.

Your possible appointment is contingent on any other appointments you may hold at UBC.  If you hold another appointment at UBC, please indicate this in the email portion of your application as well as on your CV or cover letter.

Due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to confirm receipt of submissions over the phone or by mail, nor can we provide the status of applicants except to those who are selected for an interview.