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Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Sociology & Anthropology - Faculty of Arts *Amended Closing Date*

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Date of Posting: 
March 31, 2015
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Graduate Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

10 hours per week

$16.97 per hour (vacation pay included)

May 2015 to April 2016

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is seeking a graduate Research Assistant for the project, entitled “Employment-Related Geographical Mobility (E-RGM) in the Trucking Industry in PEI,” a larger study that investigates the experiences of truck drivers and their employers in the PEI trucking industry.  Between 2013 and 2014, semi-structured interviews were conducted with truck drivers and owners/company representatives about the impact of employment-related mobility on experiences in the industry, families and their immediate communities. 

The successful candidate for this position will work on a subcomponent of the larger study, entitled “Digital Storytelling,” under the supervision of Dr. Charles Adeyanju, from May 2015 to April 2016.  S/he will conduct in-depth interviews with 5-6 truckers about their experiences in the industry.  The interviews will be transcribed and digitally transformed into oral history.  To this end, the successful candidate will receive some training on digital storytelling. 


• Prepare research ethics application
• Interview participants for digital stories
• Analyze and code data
• Literature reviews
• Perform other duties as required


• Masters student in Arts of Social Science
• Contact and schedule research participants for interviews
• The ability to work independently and be well organized
• Maturity and ability to exercise sound judgement
• Strong familiarity with field research/qualitative research methods
• Ability to critically review library and Internet sources
• Good writing skills

Priority 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 below. You can also apply in person 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 candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment. 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.
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