Research Assistant for “PUD in CC” project

Dr. Anneke van Enk (Centre for Health Education Scholarship) is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant to support a project titled, “The Use of Previously Undocumented Data (PUD) in Competence Committees (CCs) of Competency-Based Medical Education Training Programs”. The GRA will ideally bring experience in qualitative research in education or a social sciences-related field (experience in a health-related field is an asset).



The Research Assistant will provide support to the Principal Investigator (PI) and co-investigators by scheduling and conducting interviews, observing CC meetings, anonymizing observation and interview data prior to analysis, and participating in data analysis. Must be available from November 2020 to July 2021. Approximate total number of hours: 200 at $30/hr.



The Research Assistant will report to the Principal Investigator and project co-investigators, and may receive administrative support from the CHES Research Coordinator.

The Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) was formed in April 2008 to enhance health education scholarship across the Faculty of Medicine through collaboration, team-building, mentorship of new faculty, successful funding applications, and other activities. CHES serves as a resource to help support best practices related to the delivery and assessment of the Faculty’s educational programs. Its researchers include faculty, post-graduate fellows, and clinical education fellows engaged in various research projects.



The Research Assistant will
– Assist with qualitative research activities, including conducting observations and interviews; debriefing after observations and refining research instruments (e.g., observation guides and interview schedules); data collection and coordination (including anonymization); and qualitative data analysis (e.g. from observation and interview data) using software.
– Maintain and secure data and files in strict adherence to ethics protocols and to CHES and UBC policies.
– Provide general administrative and logistical support to the investigators as directed by the PI, including recruiting participants, scheduling interviews, and arranging for transcription

Working Relationships of the Research Assistant:
– Reports directly to the Principal Investigator (PI).
– Interacts/works closely with other Project Investigators and collaborators at UBC and at other institutions as needed.
– Interacts with project participants and agencies as needed.
– Interacts with CHES Research Coordinator and other CHES staff as needed.



Failure to adhere strictly to protocols approved by Ethics Boards, and to CHES and UBC policies regarding security of data has the potential to cause harm to study participants, to negatively impact the reputation of the investigators, CHES, and UBC, and to threaten ethics approval, access to funding sources, and access to study participants.

Poor decisions could delay timely completion of projects, cause financial loss and be damaging to the reputation of the PI, the Director, the Centre, the UBC Medical School, the Faculty of Medicine and the University of British Columbia. In addition, errors could cause misinterpretation of results in information disseminated to decision-makers, the public and academic audiences. The consequences could lead to inappropriate policy and decision-making related to medical education.



– The Research Assistant will receive direction from the Principal Investigator and co-Investigators.
– Co-Investigators or the Research Coordinator may provide supervision under request of the PI.



No supervision given.



Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or graduation from a technical college or institute. Master’s degree is preferred. Minimum of 2 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience preferably in qualitative research in education or a social sciences-related field. The ideal candidate will have research experience in a health-related field, including qualitative analysis of data.

The successful applicant must have experience with the secure management of confidential research material and a strong understanding of UBC ethics protocols. The successful candidate must have a proven ability to work in a confidential environment, and must be able to adhere strictly to policy concerning security of data and research ethics protocols. The candidate should possess strong analytic, communication, and organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to work independently and within a team is critical. The candidate must be able to follow direction and to show initiative and self-direction in adapting to the changing needs of the project and the research team. Fluency in the use of analytical software such as Atlas or NVivo is an asset.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr. van Enk at: