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Student Research Assistant - Environmental Studies - Faculty of Science

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Environmental Studies - Faculty of Science
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work:
Up to 10 hours per week

$15.75 per hour plus 4% vacation pay


November 29, 2021 to March 11, 2022

Environmental Studies Program at UPEI is seeking a part-time student assistant to work on the literature review about energy poverty and contribute to the research project on just transitions to a post-carbon society.


This project aims to contribute to the trans-disciplinary and intersectoral envisioning and implementing of an equitable post-carbon society. By employing the literature review and document analysis, the project will: 1) synthesize the existing knowledge about the ethical considerations of large-scale societal transformations, 2) analyze just transition trends and initiatives undertaken in Canada and internationally, and 3) develop policy recommendations and identify promising practices and research gaps.  The project is being funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


  • Search and organize academic and grey (e.g., reports) literature on energy poverty
  • Identify key themes in energy poverty scholarship and write a narrative literature review
  • Attend and take notes at research team meetings
  • Assist in organizing, attend and possibly facilitate knowledge mobilization events in PEI or/and virtually


  • Must be enrolled at UPEI, with preference given to Environmental Studies students
  • Demonstrated knowledge of how to search and organize academic and non-academic sources for literature review
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of writing literature review
  • Excellent independent work ethic
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams

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

UPEI will require mandatory full Covid-19 vaccination for all students, staff, and faculty. Exemptions only apply for medical, religious, or cultural reasons in accordance with the UPEI Covid-19 mandatory vaccination policy.

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.

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. 

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.