CHÉOS: Research Assistant (PORTIA)

Open until filled
Internal / External
External to BC AHSN
Job type
Full time
Part time
Vancouver Coastal Health Region
How to apply

Interested candidates should email their resume with cover letter to Only applications following this process will be reviewed.



Job title: Research Assistant  

Department: Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) at the Providence Research

Location: St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience; competitive benefits package including four weeks of paid vacation to start, extended health and dental plans, and membership in the Municipal Pension Plan

Desired Start Date: As soon as possible                                              

Full/Part-time: Part-time or Full-time (negotiable)

Position status: This is a Providence Research contract; all research positions are dependent on grant funding.

Term: The initial term of this role is expected to be at least 1 year in duration and renewable, should grant funding continue to be available

Equity and diversity are essential to research and 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 a person who identifies as First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous. CHÉOS welcomes a broad range of applicants and accommodations are available for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Who We Are

Bridging the gap between data, research, and care, CHÉOS is a collaboration between cross-disciplinary scientists and expert research staff evaluating the effectiveness of health interventions at the population level. From assessing the cost-effectiveness of a new drug or treatment option to informing policy decisions that change how care is delivered, CHÉOS seeks to improve health outcomes for all.


The Role

The Research Assistant (RA) will collaborate with Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes’ program of research studies including injectable opioid agonist treatment (iOAT). Situated under the Program of Outcomes Research on Treatment with Injectables for Addiction (PORTIA) and the Person-Centered Care in Addiction and Public Health research program, this is an exciting and growing body of work that seeks to develop evidence-based approaches to shift drug policy in Canada. Primary responsibilities:

  • Recruits potential participants, provides information, and answers questions about research study.
  • Supports data collection and management including administering questionnaires and assessments, and conducting quantitative structured interviews with eligible participants.
  • Performs outreach for follow-up interviews.
  • Enters data and manages research data and other confidential files on a secure server.
  • Prepares data collection forms, study consent forms, and recruitment materials.
  • Engages in recruitment, outreach, and retention activities at offsite community services and other facilities in varying environments (e.g., iOAT sites, health care facilities, overdose prevention sites, etc.).
  • Adheres to informed consent procedures and ethical guidelines for research involving human subjects.
  • Prepares and submits applications for ethics review.
  • Develops reports and presentations for various stakeholder groups and participates in knowledge translation activities.
  • Collaborates on results interpretation, writing, and final reporting (manuscript development).
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Skills and Qualifications

  • A degree in a health-related discipline (e.g., public health, nursing, social work, psychology) or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in public health, person-centred care, substance use, and addictions research.
  • Enthusiastic disposition in bringing innovation and policy change to substance use research.
  • Experience administering surveys and conducting structured quantitative interviews is an asset.
  • Familiarity with Metro Vancouver and community services related to addictions and mental health.
  • Experience using electronic data capture systems (e.g., REDCap) is an asset.
  • Proficient computer skills (e.g, Excel) and use of SPSS, NVivo, and other data analysis software for quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Understanding of research and research ethics.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including conflict management/crisis resolution skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and flexibility to adapt to participants and clinical team needs.
  • Outstanding teamwork abilities and ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Organized with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Willingness to travel outside of Vancouver (e.g., Vancouver Island, Kelowna).


Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate

This position is located within a healthcare facility. Therefore, this position requires successful verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by the provincial health mandate.