Volunteer Research Assistants

The HIV Prevention Lab is recruiting volunteer research assistants to work on the Engage study. Engage is a research project investigating the sexual health and well-being of gay, bisexual, and queer men, including trans and two-spirit men, and other men who have sex with men. It is a multisite study, aiming to recruit over 2,000 participants across Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.

Tasks will include the following:

  • Preparing participant folders for data collection (e.g., consent forms, labelling biological sample containers)
  • Conducting brief interviews to assess whether potential participants meet the eligibility criteria for entry into the study
  • Explaining study procedures so that individuals can make an informed decision whether to consent to participate
  • Set up and take down of study materials in shared spaces (e.g., signage, laptop for computer-based survey, specimen table, refreshment station, waiting area)
  • Assigning recruitment voucher numbers and training participants on respondent-driven sampling procedures
  • Debriefing and disbursement of honoraria (cash or ballot for one of the draws)
  • Entry of medical test results into a secure database
  • Following up with participants by phone/email/text to discuss how their recruitment is going

Volunteers may also provide support on tasks related to other studies and research activities in the HIV Prevention Lab, such as participant recruitment, literature searches and reference lists for journal articles and research grant applications, and transcription of qualitative interviews and focus group recordings.

Volunteers are asked to commit to 8-10 hours per week in the lab for 6 months. We expect data collection for this study to last until summer 2018.

We are especially interested in applicants who have previous experience working with people in a research or clinical setting and applicants who have experience working with people living with HIV.

We typically accept volunteers with a GPA of B+ or better. If you are interested in learning how to run a research study and in receiving mentorship in preparation for graduate school, as well as contributing to this significant research project, please complete the Volunteer Application and email it to the HIV Prevention Lab Manager along with a CV and an unofficial copy of your transcript(s).