Kílala Lelum Urban Indigenous Health
and Healing Cooperative


Research Assistant – 10-Month Contract (16 hours/week)

We are seeking a skilled, passionate, and community-oriented person to join our team as a Research Assistant for a research project entitled Partnering with Indigenous Elders to Improve Outcomes for People Living with Opiate Use Disorder – a Prospective Cohort Study.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Investigators, Indigenous Elders, Cultural Wellness Program, and research team members to continuously ground all aspects of work conducted through Kilala Lelum Health Centre in a “two-eyed seeing” approach that accommodates both scientific and Indigenous ways of knowing. 

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in research in particular qualitative interviewing and a working understanding of culturally safe, trauma-informed care and harm reduction. This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual committed to developing their research skills and addressing health inequities for people living in the inner-city. 

Job Summary:

The Research Assistant will participate in research activities and qualitative interviews for the “Partnering with Indigenous Elders to Improve Outcomes for People Living with Opioid Use Disorder – a Prospective Cohort Study” protocol. This project is fully funded through a grant from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has received ethics approval from the UBC Behaviour Ethics Review Board. This project is a prospective cohort study of 49 people living with Opioid Use Disorder who self-identify as Indigenous. The Research Assistant will work closely with the project’s Research Manager, Research Assistants and Study Investigators, Primary Care staff, and Cultural Wellness program staff.


Qualifications & Skills:

Supervision Provided:

Work will be carried out with support and mentorship provided by the Research Manager, Primary Care Co-Leads, and Study Investigators. The Research Assistant’s work will be supervised directly by the Research Manager and the study’s Principal Investigator.

Supervision Responsibility:

The Research Manager will be directly responsible for supervising and providing leadership and coordination of the Research Assistant.

Additional Information:

To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to lauren.leslie@uihhc.ca. Your cover letter should clearly articulate why you are interested in this role and working with Kilala Lelum, how your background is a good fit for this specific role and our organization, and your current availability and desired schedule. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.