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Student Research Assistant - Advancing Interdisciplinary Research In Singing (AIRS) - Department of Psychology

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Friday, May 13, 2016
Date of Posting: 
May 6, 2016
Department of Psychology
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

Max 25 hours per week (preferably 5 days)

$13.41 per hour (vacation pay included)

As soon as possible to August 31, 2016 (term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements)

The University of Prince Edward Island is the coordinating institution for a Major Collaborative Research Initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The 7-year project, titled Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS), has been unfolding through the cooperation of some 70 researchers and various other stake holders from a dozen different countries, and under the overall direction of Prof. Annabel Cohen, Department of Psychology, UPEI. Its primary objective is to facilitate and coordinate a variety of initiatives exploring the relationship between singing and three themes: development, education and well-being, all at both personal and social scales.  The AIRS Project web-site is www.airsplace.ca. 
A primary goal of the project is also to provide students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and acquire new knowledge, research experience, and other skills that will be useful to them in their future training and careers.  The project is now at a stage of consolidating its findings over the last 7 years.  The assistance of a student is required to assist with this process, communicating with members across the network and organizing and formatting information about the wide variety of deliverables.


Reporting to the Director, the work will entail:
• Familiarization with (1) the project’s digital and electronics communications;  (2) all facets of the project and all members involved, and (3) the granting agency regulations and web-site
• Assistance in calling meetings of research groups within AIRS; recording minutes
• Supporting several symposia or workshops taking place at UPEI and abroad (e.g., travel arrangements, financial records, program/proceedings assistance)
• Learning how to ingest content into the AIRS Digital library as well as helping others in the network with this activity
• Overseeing the AIRS research facility
• Organizing, maintaining, and writing ethics proposals
• Assisting with  AIRS research manuscript preparation
• Data analysis, data collection (time permitting)
• Other administrative tasks as required


• Priority will be given to students, currently registered in relevant disciplines of Psychology, but also possibly Music, Education, or other. Ideally the student will have an undergraduate degree and  have expectations of working on an Honours equivalency or graduate thesis
• The following would also be regarded as assets:
• Courses in research and statistical methods
• Prior familiarity with AIRS and research in singing
• Ability to work responsibly without close supervision
• Good organizational skills  and record-keeping ability
• Capable of exercising confidentiality, conscientiousness, meticulousness
• Openness to the experience of many cultures
• Word processing and Excel
• Superior communication skills
• Bilingual (asset but not essential)
• Knowledge of computer music notation software ( asset not essential)

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 (www.upei.ca/hr/).

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, or fax it to (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.

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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