Student Research Assistant - Applied Human Sciences - Faculty of Science

Competition Number:
Position Type:
Student Position
Closing Date:
Date of Posting:
Applied Human Sciences
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work:
Up to 25 hours per week
$12.08 per hour (vacation pay included)

October 2017 – February 8, 2018

The PEI Strategies for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) – Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network (Network) will create the infrastructure for a learning/knowledge network in primary health care that will address patient oriented issues across the lifespan (i.e. child, adult, seniors). Led by a tripartite leadership team that spans the dimensions of policy, research, and clinical application, our vision is to create a vibrant and productive patient oriented research community in PEI that is linked regionally and nationally to deliver more integrated, cost-effective primary and integrated health care that leads to improved health outcomes for Islanders. Utilizing a collaborative approach to engage our partners, we will focus on innovative evidence-based initiatives that promote efficient and effective care to meet today’s challenges.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated by the challenge to develop a device for measuring cortisol levels in an animal model.

This specific project will include:

  1. Assessing the feasibility of developing a device for measuring real-time cortisol levels
  2. Building a prototype using 3D-printing technology
  3. Testing the device
  4. Validating the device against standard methods such as commercial kits based on enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays


The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties:

  • Assist the Principal Investigator in research activities as described
  • Test the reliability and validity of  methods developed
  • Collaborate with research team and community partners to complete a final report
  • Assist the Principal Investigator to prepare animal care and ethics applications and amendments

Review literature related to this project and become familiar with other tests


  • Have an excellent level of research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to write research reports
  • Self-driven
  • Work analytically
  • Be able to dynamically alter plans in accordance to new findings
  • BSc (Engineering)

Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website ( Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified student candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and full-time international students with a valid study permit will be given priority.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.