Graduate Student Research Assistant Position(s)

Educational Studies – Faculty of Education

One or Two Graduate Student Research Positions

Open until filled, but apply by Monday, 4 February, 2019 for first consideration

Position title: Historical Research Assistant – Data, Census and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

DESCRIPTION: Seeking one or two graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level to work on a research project that will investigate the historical development of Canadian suburbs and their school systems.

The project is directed by Dr. Jason Ellis, Assistant Professor, EDST, and is entitled “The spatial arrangement of suburban schooling and inequality: a pilot historical inquiry”

COMPENSATION: The Graduate student researchers will receive an hourly wage of $22-$25 (including benefits) for a master’s student or $26-28 (including benefits) for a doctoral student.

TERM OF POSITION: The starting data for this position is as soon as possible, with approximately 40 hours of work to be completed within two months of hiring. This is not a weekly position, rather a contract for set number of hours to be completed by the end of the contract.

It may be possible to extend the position beyond the initial 40 hours.

NATURE OF WORK: The Historical Research Assistant – Data, Census and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will extract census data from various print and electronic sources and data enter it into spreadsheets. At later stages, some GIS work may be involved for applicants who have knowledge of this software. However, applicants do not require ability to perform this aspect of the position at this time.




  • The applicant must currently be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at UBC.
  • A background in History (e.g. BA, MA or other degree or diploma, major or minor concentration, in History) would be an asset, but is not a requirement. Applicants with a background in any social science or humanities field are urged to apply.


  • (Required.) Conducting research in a social sciences or humanities field.
  • (Required.) Better than passive knowledge of MS Excel.e. sufficient knowledge to enter data, manage, and manipulate it, apply basic Excel functions, etc.
  • (Not required, but would be an asset.) Experience using census data for research.
  • (Not required, but would be an asset.) Experience using GIS software, e.g. ArcGIS. (License to the software will be provided for duration of project.)
  • (Not required, but would be an asset.) Experience conducting research with primary historical sources.


  • Scrupulous attention to detail and meticulous notetaking.
  • Ability to think and work independently.
  • Ability to follow timelines and meet all deadlines.



  • a cover letter that is no more than one page in length and that speaks specifically to your qualifications for the position as it is described above;
  • an up-to-date current Curriculum Vitae;
  • names, titles, and contact information for one or two academic or professional references.

Please submit all materials by email to Dr. Jason Ellis (