Senior Research Assistant, Climate Learning and Adaptation for Northern Development (C-LAND)

Senior Research Assistant, Climate Learning and Adaptation for Northern Development (C-LAND)

  • Posted by MG UG
  • On October 2, 2020

University of Winnipeg

Senior Research Assistants are normally graduate students, or University of Winnipeg undergraduate students, employed to assist in the execution and evaluation of research projects in their area of study. The positions may oversee Research Assistants in areas such as the use of proper techniques, analysis, and documentation.

Senior Research Assistants work under the general supervision or direction of more senior researchers or faculty members, and are expected to exercise judgment in prioritizing, planning and organizing their own work within defined parameters.

Position Overview:

C-LAND is a five-year project (2018-2023) supported by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

C-LAND will examine how to improve adaptive capacity in Canada’s renewable resource sectors and regions. Specifically, the project uses a comparative case study approach to enable and assess learning about climate change adaptation, gain insights into how the learning occurs, and examine if and how learning enhances adaptive capacity. The project focuses on northern regions and communities in the provincial northlands where forestry and energy are prominent.

The successful candidate will advance a case study based on already developed literature reviews and analytic frameworks. This position requires the ability to conduct remote research, namely phone and online interviews, surveys, focus groups, for example. Our new team member will also contribute to writing, maintain the C-LAND website and databases, capably perform routine clerical and administrative duties to support the program of research, and perform other duties as required or assigned.


  • Assist in the execution and evaluation of research projects, including literature reviews, interviews, document review, data integration and analysis.
  • Assist in preparing articles, publications, reports and presentations.
  • Prepare materials for submission to research funding agencies and foundations.
  • Make approved purchases on request.
  • Assist in seeking publication opportunities for the research team.
  • Maintain communications and outreach to research partners and sponsors (e.g., Indigenous & northern communities, industry & government).
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.


  • ESS or Geog major (BA or BSc) with minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 2 years of study;
  • Currently a senior undergraduate student in final year of degree;
  • Experience with Graphic design, ArcGIS, website design/maintenance skills are an asset.
  • Previous experience and confortable working with community partners
  • Previous experience as a Research Assistant at UWinnipeg
  • Previous experience and ability to undertake independent qualitative data collection and analysis (e.g., coding/content analysis), policy/program evaluation, community-based research design;
  • Previous field work experience is an asset
  • Ability to demonstrate general understanding of environmental governance and forest policy in Canada;
  • Previous experience working with partners external to UW e.g., Indigenous communities, industry, government, NGOs, etc.
  • Strong writing & verbal communication skills;
  • Commitment to team approaches with proven ability to work individually;
  • Proven ability with Zoom and other online meeting platforms;

The period of work will be from October 15, 2020 – April 30, 2021, and the estimated total hours of work will be 70-300.

Note: This position is represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada – Research Capacity Unit.

The University of Winnipeg is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research environments, and is essential to academic and institutional excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at time of application. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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