Research assistant – casual position

Start date: Will commence when a suitable candidate is found

Application deadline: Will remain until filled

Supervisor: Dr. Alexa Ferdinands

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology

Location: Virtual

Examining the social organization of young people’s eating practices in Canada


Two research assistant positions are open to support a SSHRC-funded project examining the social organization of young people’s eating practices in Canada.

Specific activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting and supporting literature reviews
  • Supporting qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Participating in research team meetings

The successful candidate will work with, and directly report to, Dr. Alexa Ferdinands at Athabasca University. Dr. Ferdinands will provide training and mentorship for all research activities. The successful candidate will gain experience in conducting literature reviews, qualitative research, and working with partner organizations (e.g., Girl Guides of Canada).

This is a casual position with flexible hours. The rate of pay will be commensurate with experience and collective agreement provisions. All duties can be completed remotely.


  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree in public health or nutrition
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Strong writing skills
  • Interest and/or experience in qualitative research

How to apply

Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit their application by email to Dr. Alexa Ferdinands at Applications should include (as a single PDF file) a brief cover letter that summarizes your skills, interests and experience; a current resume or curriculum vitae; an unofficial copy of your transcript; and the contact information for 1-2 references. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are found. All applicants are thanked for their interest in this position; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Athabasca University and the researchers are committed and seek to support equity in employment and research opportunities. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous people, people of colour people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ people, women, and other historically marginalized groups. Applicants are welcome, but not required, to self-identify in their letter of application.

For more information on this Research Assistant Opportunity, please contact Dr. Alexa Ferdinands (

Alexa Ferdinands, PhD, RD (she/her)
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Science and Technology
Athabasca University