Employment Opportunities

Survey Research Interviewers

The Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL) is seeking energetic and highly motivated Survey Research Interviewers to join our team in the Survey and Group Analysis Laboratory (SGAL). Part-time positions are available immediately for research studies taking place between October and December 2017.

The Survey Research Interviewer is an integral part of the SGAL team, responsible for the collection of rigorous, high quality survey data. All students who work in the SGAL are paid in accordance with University of Saskatchewan Student Rates of Pay. Survey Research Interviewers report to the Survey Research Manager and/or Assistant Survey Research Managers.

To be a successful Survey Research Interviewer, you will need: 

  • To be a current undergraduate student at the University of Saskatchewan.
  • To speak fluently in English.
  • An appropriate telephone demeanor – meaning that you must be able to speak clearly and professionally, while remaining neutral with survey respondents.
  • An ability to maintain tact and diplomacy – particularly when dealing with irate or reluctant survey respondents.
  • A quality-oriented attitude with a keen eye for detail.
  • A basic understanding of how to operate a computer on a Windows-based operating system.
  • To be available approximately 12 hours per week that you can devote to working in the SGAL (evenings, weekends, and/or weekday afternoons).

For more information or to apply, please contact Jessica McCutcheon, Survey Research Manager and Specialist, at ssrl.sgal@usask.ca or (306) 966-6525.

Interview Transcribers

The Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL) is seeking Interview Transcribers to join our team in the Qualitative Research Laboratory (QRL). Part-time positions are available for numerous research studies beginning in September 2017 with the possibility of working throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Interview Transcribers are an integral part of the QRL team, responsible for the transformation and production of rigorous, high quality interview and/or focus group data. Currently our lab is comprised of approximately 10 undergraduate students with more spots becoming available as the demand for transcription services grows.  Transcribers are paid in accordance with University of Saskatchewan Student Rates of Pay. Interview Transcribers report to the Qualitative Research Manager and/or Assistant Qualitative Research Manager.

To be a successful Interview Transcriber, you will need: 

  • To fluently listen, speak, and type in English. The ability to listen, speak and type or translate into other languages such as French, German, Spanish, Bengali, Mandarin, Cree, etc. could also be of incredible value.
  • To be a current undergraduate student at the University of Saskatchewan.
  • A basic understanding of qualitative data collection (this will be provided after hiring).
  • An ability to listen carefully, sensitively, and attentively and articulate audio recorded data accurately and efficiently in a typed format (typically Microsoft Word document), while complying with ethical protocols to safeguard data.
  • Basic Internet research skills to enhance knowledge of project-specific terminology used.
  • A quality-oriented attitude with a keen eye for detail.
  • A basic understanding of how to operate a computer on a Windows-based operating system.
  • To be available at least 5 hours per week throughout the entire calendar year that you can devote to working in the QRL (hours and shift durations are up to you, with a limit to working no more than 8 hours in a consecutive 24-hour period).

For more information or to apply, please contact Rachel Tang, Qualitative Research Manager and Specialist, at rachel.tang@usask.ca or (306) 966-6319.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Support

Student Research Consultation and Support

The Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL) is pleased to support undergraduate and graduate student-led research studies in the social sciences by offering consultation, advice, and feedback.

To discuss your research study needs, please contact ssrl@usask.ca, or alternatively you may reach out to one of our research managers directly.

Research Participant Opportunities

Research Participant Group

The Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL) Research Participant Group (RPG) is a paid research participant pool that matches participants to research studies in the field of social science. Research studies typically involve survey completion, computer tasks, and group decision making scenarios that could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to complete. Some studies can be completed online, while others take place in our laboratory located in Arts 256. Signing up for this pool allows you to view and register for projects after viewing a complete study description.

Please note that the SSRL RPG is distinct from the Psychology Participant Pool used to administer course credits.

How it works:

  • Sign up to become a member of the pool.
  • Receive your login credentials from the RPG administrator.
  • Log in to view and sign up for convenient time slots.
  • Studies may offer pay or other incentives for your participation.
  • Learn about social science research!
  • You do not need to be a U of S member to participate!

To learn more and register as a member, please visit http://ssrl.usask.ca/rpg.php

Please send any questions to ssrl.rpg@usask.ca

Available Courses

Social Sciences Research Internship Course (SOSC 330.3)

This upper-year undergraduate course is designed to provide students an opportunity to study and apply social research methods through a combination of direct observations, readings, research and analysis. This course will better prepare students for success across the full range of knowledge processes, including knowledge creation, knowledge transfer and knowledge application.

Students will learn or improve capacity in:

  • Professional research work
  • Identifying clear research objectives
  • Information literacy, including conducting literature reviews
  • Participating in data gathering, analysis and research dissemination
  • Considering ethical problems / issues in applied research
  • Interpersonal skills, interacting with employers, research teams and research participants
  • Team work skills
  • Public speaking
  • Writing skills

Students enrolled in this course are expected to devote as much time to the internship as they would to an upper-year 3 credit unit conventional lecture or seminar course – which equates to 7 hours per week over the duration of a standard 4-month term (13 weeks). Research internship opportunities may take place within or outside of the Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL). Specific research opportunities must be discussed and agreed upon in advance with the Course Instructor, and must include a requisite faculty researcher from the University of Saskatchewan. All research projects will be identified by faculty researchers, and will be detailed in a learning contract that will be signed by the Course Instructor, a faculty researcher and the student.

Student interns will participate in regular meetings and will be required to attend a monthly 3-hour lecture series, which will expose them to various aspects of social research. For example, students will be provided training in research-specific data analysis and interpretation software (e.g., SPSS, R, NVivo, ArcGIS, E-Prime, UCINET).

Prerequisites:

To enroll in SOSC 330.3, students are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Required to have completed at least 12 credit units at the 200-level or above in Social Science.
  • Students will have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 70%.
  • Required to complete and submit a one-page application form to the Course Instructor. The one-page application form collects basic information about the student, including name, student number, major, credit units completed, GPA, and other relevant contact information (e.g., e-mail, telephone, mailing address). The application form also requests the term in which the student wishes to enroll in SOSC 330.3.
  • Submission of a two-part statement of approximately 100-125 words that detail:
    • How participating in the research internship will benefit their educational/career development; and
    • Specific skills or attributes the student will bring to the internship.

Complete applications (including the one-page application form and the two-part written statement) are due no later than March 1st of each year. Applications to the Course Instructor received by this deadline may be considered for enrolment in any of the terms in the following academic year (May to April). For example, students who apply by March 1, 2017 may be eligible to enroll in Spring and Summer Term 1 and Term 2 (2017), Fall Term 1 (2017), or Winter Term 2 (2018).

Final decisions on students selected for inclusion in SOSC 330.3 will be communicated by April 1st of each year.

Please contact the SSRL Director (Course Instructor), Jason Disano at jason.disano@usask.ca for more information, or to request an application form.