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Research Assistant - Rare Dementia Support Impact Study

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POSITION TITLE:                      Research Assistant – Rare Dementia Impact Study        

CLOSING DATE:                     Open Until Filled

HOURS OF WORK:                 Full-Time Contract (15 months)


Reporting to Dr. Mary Pat Sullivan, the Research Assistant is responsible for data collection, analysis and dissemination activities for the Rare Dementia Support Impact Study (2019-2024). The RDS Impact Study is a multi-site project that is investigating the support needs and multi-component support delivery for people living with a rarer or young onset dementia. This study is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and National Institute for Health Research (UK) and led by Prof Sebastian Crutch, Dementia Research Centre, University College London. Findings from the study are informing the development of RDS Canada currently funded by The Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation.


Data collection, data management and analysis                                                                                                          

  • Reviewing literature
  • Collecting of quantitative (e.g., standard measures) and qualitative data (e.g., interviews, qualitative surveys) using established protocols and techniques.
  • Organizing data for analysis.
  • Ensure that data collection, storage and usage is in accordance with local and national guidelines and laws specific to data protection.
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data with the study team.
  • Preparing for and attending multidisciplinary research meetings.

Dissemination and knowledge translation                                                                                         

  • Using learning from RDS Impact Study and working with RDS Canada team, advise, develop and implement direct supports for people living with a rare or young onset dementia.
  • Planning and organizing research events.
  • Tracking and recording all impact activities as per funding requirements.
  • Preparing and drafting research publications and reports.
  • Preparing and delivering research presentations to the academic community and general public.
  • Preparing literature, data and other documents for further funding opportunities.


  • Corresponding with research participants and research team in UK and Canada.
  • Writing content for website.
  • Assist in the production of information sheets and publicity materials for support groups, including information on a variety of clinical, financial and social topics, sometimes in response to specific requests for information.


  • Master of Arts or Science in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Nursing, Health Sciences, Gerontology or related disciplines with one year of relevant work experience. 
  • Understanding of research ethics with vulnerable populations and completion of TCPS 2022 Certification.
  • Experience working with people living with different forms of dementia and an awareness of Canadian dementia care will be considered an asset. Ability to communicate in both English and French will be considered an asset.
  • Computer literate (MS Office Suite, email, videoconferencing platforms, database, Sharepoint, videoconferencing software, data analysis software, e.g., SPSS, Atlas.ti, NVivo) 
  • Excellent adaptability and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including communication skills with people living with a cognitive impairment
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Tact, initiative, diplomacy, sensitive to needs of those presenting with cognitive impairments
  • Ability to organize workload according to various requests in a deadline-oriented environment
  • Ability to work independently, and work within a team environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning and skill development

Please submit your letter of application and resume in one document, via email to careers@nipissingu.ca.

Nipissing University is committed to employment equity and strongly encourages applications, which may include self-identification in a covering letter, from Indigenous persons, women, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as LGBTQ2+, and visible minorities.

The search committee would like to thank all applications for their interest in Nipissing University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Please note that only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted. Nipissing University is an inclusive employer and will provide accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please email access@nipissingu.ca.