RESEARCH/SUMMER 2023 EMPLOYMENT: Summer Research Assistant

  • Location: Cape Breton University
  • Deadline: May 12, 2023 at 11:59 pm

People, Places, Policies and Prospects: Affordable Rental Housing for Those in Greatest Need

Full Time Summer Research Assistant

We are seeking a Full-Time Summer Research Assistant for the 2023 season to support research efforts on an affordable housing research project hosted through Cape Breton University. This national-scope project is titled People, Places, Policies and Prospects: Affordable Rental Housing for Those in Greatest Need and is funded by a partnership grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The project is led by Primary Investigator Dr. Catherine Leviten-Reid, Associate Professor, Community Economic Development, CBU. We operate locally out of our Community-University Housing Research Lab located in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Visit our project’s website to read more about our work:

Job Description: The Summer Research Assistant will support a varied array of current and ongoing research projects within the scope of affordable rental housing in Canada. Research topics include housing systems, the Canada Housing Benefit, the National Housing Strategy, and more. Duties will include processing qualitative data, producing literature reviews, and conducting other assigned research-related duties as needed.

Hours: Full Time at 35 hours per week, for 15 weeks during the summer of 2023 (i.e. May until August).
Pay: $22.00/hour.

Location of work: Community-University Housing Research Lab, Sydney, Nova Scotia. Option for flexible or remote working location.

Successful candidate qualifications:
• This position is suitable for a graduate student or an upper-year undergraduate student.
• Some experience conducting or analyzing qualitative research.
• Some working experience within a research project, as a research assistant or other.
• Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
• Strong ability to work independently with attention to detail.
• Ability to work collaboratively with other researchers and staff as needed.
• Experience in/knowledge of affordable housing, housing economy, social politics, or related sectors is an asset.

Please send your application saved all in 1 file to with the following included:
• A cover letter highlighting how your experience and skills match this position.
• Your CV/resume
• 2 references, with at least 1 being an academic reference.
• An example of your writing, ideally a research paper or technical report.

Applications open April 11th 2023

Applications close at 11:59pm on May 12th 2023.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

For additional questions, contact our Project Coordinator at