RESEARCH: Research Assistant

  • Location: Cape Breton University
  • Deadline: January 8, 2024 at 4:00 pm

Cape Breton University

School of Nursing

Research Assistant Position

Job Description:

The Research Assistant (RA) will be required to participate in a team conducting a Scoping Review and thorough literature search of new and relevant academic articles on the topic of the professional experience of nurse leaders in Latin America. The intent is to enhance the capacity to influence policy levels through leadership. The RA will also review articles provided by the research team and participate in data and evidence tracking (via a database, extensive annotated bibliography, and initial literature review). This position will work within a team led by Dr Kimberley Lamarche within the School of Nursing.


The RA will participate in team meeting and training related to conducting a scoping review of the topic. A scoping review is being undertaken using electronic databases (i.e. CINAHL, MEDLINE, PubMed, Scopus), grey literature, and narrative inquiry-based outreach focused on Latin American National Nursing Organizations.

Steps to Scoping Review

The JBI approach for scoping reviews contains nine steps. Concept explanations and definition clarifications are included to enhance the quality and understanding of scoping review methodology.

The RA with work together to develop and then work within a database to code articles based on identified search terms (strings) as developed with the team, assess quality/relevance of the articles found, summarize, and interpret the findings. The RA will review all findings and their work with the team, making sure to flag and/or highlight particularly relevant or important articles during regular team meetings. All articles will be described briefly within an annotated bibliography, and then into an initial literature review.

The RA will keep track of their time spent on each activity, respond in a timely fashion (i.e., within a week) to emails from the team, and participate virtually in meetings/ by telephone as needed.


• Ability to read and write in Spanish

• Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail

• Ability to follow protocols

• Strong written and verbal communication skills in Spanish and English

• Knowledge of Nursing/Health Care leadership will be an asset

Compensation/Job Length:

The CBU rate of pay for student employees hired through research grants is based on the Nova Scotia minimum wage and the portion of a degree completed and are governed by the CBU Student Employment Policy. A research assistant (undergraduate or graduate) is

allowed to work a maximum of 100 hours per semester when he/she is registered as a full-time student.

Work will commence in January 2023 and will continue through June 2024. Following this contract, opportunity to participate as a co-author an academic article that incorporates the material developed is possible. Additional contracts for work may be possible.

To Apply:

Qualified candidates are invited to send an expression of interest with a resume and cover letter to by Jan 08, 2023. Please summarize in the email narrative any previous research, literature review or nursing experience as well as your self-described competency level expressing yourself in Spanish. We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.