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

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Department of Sociology & Anthropology - Faculty of Arts
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work:
5 hours per week (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements)
$12.08 per hour (vacation pay included)

September 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017


The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is seeking an undergraduate 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 September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.  S/he will conduct in-depth interviews with 2-3 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


• Contact and schedule research participants for interviews
• The ability to work independently and be well organized
• Maturity and ability to exercise sound judgment
• Strong familiarity with field research/qualitative research methods
• Ability to critically review library and Internet sources
• Good writing skills  

Priority is 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 (

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 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.

Previous applicants of competition 111S17R need not reapply.

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.