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Research Assistant

by Western University

Reference #: 34627
Position Type: Temporary
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Apr 16, 2024
Western University

Job Description

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 35 

Salary Grade: Level M

Please note, this is a temporary one-year grant-funded role with the possibility of renewal. 

About Western

With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.


About Us

The mission of Brain and Mind at Western is to provide a centralized and visible presence for cognitive neuroscience at Western University. The Institute's primary functions are to promote research, to facilitate the training of highly qualified personnel, and to foster national and international collaborations in cognitive neuroscience.

The Numerical Cognition Laboratory is a research group that is housed in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building on Western’s campus. Members of the Numerical Cognition laboratory investigate the development of numerical and mathematical skills in children using a diversity of methods including behavioral research, surveys and functional neuroimaging. 


The Research Assistant will support research and related administrative activities for the research project under the direction of a principal investigator.  The Research Assistant will assist researchers, staff, students and other members of the research team with a variety of day-to-day research duties to support and to facilitate the achievement of innovative research results. The Research Assistant will assist with compiling and analyzing research results, and will support knowledge translation and dissemination.  The Research Assistant will also support the development and implementation of future research projects. 



  • 3 year university undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or Education
  • 4 year honor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or Education preferred 


  • 1 year experience supporting research implementation and related administrative activities
  • Previous experience working with children and young people is preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Familiarity with regulations and guidelines governing research ethics in an academic environment
  • Familiarity with techniques for updating, managing and extracting data from a research database
  • Ability to collaborate and develop credible relationships with a wide variety of individuals, internal and external to Western
  • Communication skills to describe technical concepts effectively to both novice and sophisticated users
  • Ability to write clear, concise and accurate procedural documentation
  • Ability to work in a manner that models best practices in confidentiality standards
  • Ability and willingness to employ a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues and making decisions
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to function and process information with high levels of accuracy
  • Ability and willingness to stay abreast of technological developments
  • Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Intermediate skills in software and applications used to produce and analyze research outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability take initiative, to work independently and follow through on work assignments
  • Ability to prioritize and organize a fluctuating work load
  • Ability to investigate defined issues, solicit input, and suggest remedies and alternative approaches that meet the needs of the situation
  • Ability to interact professionally with students, staff, faculty, and other members of the University community
  • Ability to interpret and identify key results from research and to succinctly summarize research findings
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of relevant scientific/research principles
  • Familiarity with University policies and procedures related to research preferred

Union Statement

Western welcomes applications from all qualified individuals; however, it is the university's policy to give first consideration to all qualified UWOSA applicants.

Background Checks

Please note, successful applicants may be required to produce current record check(s) (e.g. vulnerable sector, criminal record and police information) from a police service prior to commencing employment.

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

Interested applicants are asked to visit for further information and to apply online referencing job #34627 by midnight on April 29, 2024. 
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.