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Application Due December 15, 2022


The I AM Research Lab (Identity, Advocacy, and Mental health) is looking to hire a two graduate students. The selected candidates will report directly to the I AM Research Lab Director (Dr. Garrett-Walker) and the project coordinator. Graduate Research Assistants will perform a range of research and data collection activities and will assist with the implementation and delivery of a qualitative research studies.

Study 1: The Black 2SLGBTQ+ well-being during COVID-19 study is a community-based research study funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research. This qualitative study is a multi-sector partnerships between Black-led organizations like the Black Queer Youth Collective, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention and Womens Health In Womens Hands alongside the Black Research Committee of Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and the University of Toronto. The project seeks to understand the unique experiences of Black Queer and Trans individuals during the pandemic and will examine the sexual health and mental health needs of Black queer people living in Ontario during COVID-19.

Study 2: The Exploratory Research on the Lives of Black Gender Expansive Youth in School, Family and Community study is a virtual qualitative study funded by the The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. The project seeks to understand the unique experiences of Black gender expansive youth (for example, transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer) in schools.


  • Current graduate student in psychology, health sciences, education or a related discipline

  • Qualitative data collection experience (i.e., interviews, focus groups)

  • Knowledge of equity and theoretical frameworks including but not limited to  anti-oppression/anti-racism, intersectionality, minority stress, trauma-informed practices, and strength-based approaches and/or experience regarding issues and concerns of Black 2SLGBTQIA+ people

  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills and the ability to meet work related deadlines

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively handle confidential matters and materials

  • Proficiency and experience using Microsoft Office software, Qualtrics, zoom, and/or NVIVO

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate clearly and effectively in person and by telephone; tact, diplomacy, and flexibility in dealing with research participants, research staff, and faculty investigators

  • Ability to learn and adhere to training policies and procedures

  • Deadline and detail oriented

  • Ability to follow directions reliably


  • Study operations duties include but are not limited to: screening potential interested participants to assess eligibility, scheduling participants for focus groups, monitoring study email inboxes, entering participant questionnaire responses into study database, coordinating payment of participants.

  • Create a work plan and track work activities to ensure the successful implementation of the research project.

  • Attend all project meetings and regularly provide updates on work activities

  • Perform a literature review and environmental scan and complete other administrative duties as assigned

  • Reference management (e.g., managing databases in Zotero)

  • Assist with the data analysis and knowledge translation activities

  • Administers the study according to the research protocol and ensures that study records are maintained properly

  • Format manuscripts according to journals guidelines

  • Assist with Knowledge Translation and Exchange activities (drafts plain language summaries of manuscripts and abstracts)

  • Maintains and updates study social media accounts, particularly with knowledge translation summaries

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume/CV to Dr. J. Garrett-Walker at Please also provide the names and contact information of two references.

The subject line should be: Last Name – Research Assistant Job. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Black, African, and Caribbean and/or sexual and gender minority individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.​

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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