Graduate Student Research Assistant - Department of Island Studies - Faculty of Arts

Competition Number:
Position Type:
Student Position
Closing Date:
Date of Posting:
Department of Island Studies
Graduate Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work:
18 hours per week (flexible)
$22.53 per hour (vacation pay included)

August 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019

The Island Studies program seeks a student researcher to assist in coordinating a mixed methods research project on island governance, sustainability and development.


With funding from a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant, the student researcher will assist the Principal Investigator in developing and sustaining research partnerships across twelve islands.

This includes:

  • Undertaking literature reviews on indicators of island governance and sustainability
  • Communicating with co-investigators and student assistants from other islands
  • Coding surveys and undertaking thematic analyses
  • Training other graduate students in qualitative research methods


The ideal candidate will:

  • Have excellent organizational skills, oral and written communications skills, have accomplished research skills (especially in qualitative methods, but also in understanding and using quantitative indicators) and computer skills (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, database management, statistical software, internet literacy)
  • Be self-motivated and have the ability to handle diverse tasks
  • Work well independently as well as under supervision
  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of and interest in island-related issues such as economic, social and political change, population and sustainability

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, 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.