Graduate Student Assistant - Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering

Competition Number:
REQ 53
Position Type:
Student Position
Closing Date:
Date of Posting:
Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering
Graduate Student Assistant
Hours of Work:
Up to 20 hours per week 

$24.00 per hour, plus 4% vacation pay 

A research assistant position (up to 20 hrs/wk) is available for graduate student with interest in sustainability, and particularly sustainable engineering (although an engineering background is not mandatory). The student will work under the supervision of Dr. Grant McSorley and in collaboration with co-investigators in the faculties of Sustainable Design Engineering and Business to complete a literature review of recent advances in Sustainable Engineering practices as well as interviews of professional engineers regarding the role of sustainable engineering in their professional practice. The student will gain experience in interdisciplinary research, sustainable engineering practices and how to conduct interviews.


  • The student will collaborate in synthesizing current literature
  • The student will assist in developing the research protocol
  • The student will conduct interviews with professional engineers
  • The student will write a synthesis of the interview results and identify areas for future research
  • The student will assist in the writing of a final report


  • Must be a graduate student enrolled in a UPEI program
  • Good academic record and a strong work ethic
  • Ability to work in a team and independently
  • Proficiency in interpersonal communication is required
  • Experience with qualitative research methods, such as interviews, is an asset
  • Experience in the areas of sustainability or sustainable engineering is an asset

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 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.

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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.