Call for Applications: Research Assistant, CENES

Position Type
UBC Vancouver Work Learn Program
Faculty of Arts
Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies
WL W18 Research Assistant

Job Description

The Research Assistant will assist in developing and organizing an international research network and conference as part of the UBC Excellence Cluster on Migration (, including publications in English and German. Under the supervisor’s guidance, the student is expected to contribute with their own research interest and actively participate in a SSHRC funding application (for either a conference or Insight Development grant). Duties include editing an interdisciplinary book project, assisting in editing research papers and conference contributions; assisting with correspondences; event organization including budgeting; photocopying and scanning research material; locating research sources and compiling bibliographies in Endnote and RefWorks; image editing; clearing copyrights; signing out library books; running research and related errands independently and under supervision. As part of the outcome of the project, a graduate student would also be expected on working towards their own publications.


Strong research and communication skills; previous editing experience and experience in event or conference organization desirable; knowledge of German language and literature desirable but not required; high interest in cultural studies and interdisciplinary knowledge in Migration Studies and European Studies; excellent editing/ writing/ computer skills a must; familiarity with WORD, REFWORKS, ENDOTE, EXCEL and PAGES (Mac) helpful.

Student Learning Components 

Anticipated skill and knowledge acquisition: Attend workshops for editing/bibliographical software; learn how to plan and run an international network and event; gain competency and knowledge of current practices and research trends in interdisciplinary German studies (literature and culture; migration studies); get involved in an international research project with opportunity to connect to researchers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, and the US; develop their own career path from undergraduate student to academic position. Mentorship for their own publications, encouragement for professional administrative work and feedback is provided on an ongoing basis with the goal of performing at a highly professional level. This job allows for applying theoretical knowledge in European literature and cultural studies to other fields (i.e., migration studies). It intends to prepare a student for future professional work at publishing houses, governmental organization, NGOs, and other research organizations including universities.

Position Classification

Salary / Wage


Hours Per Week


Total Number of Hours per Student Position

100-200 (Depending on one or two RAs hired)

Experience Level

All Current Undergraduate and Graduate Students preferable in a Masters Program, a Phd Program, Graduated with an Undergraduate Degree, or Graduated with a Graduate Degree (Masters or Phd)

Preferred Degrees/Disciplines

Arts/Social Sciences

Is this Work Learn position research oriented?


Work Learn Supervisor

Markus Hallensleben

Work Learn Supervisor Email

Work Learn Administrator

Diane Smyth

Work Learn Administrator Email

Anticipated Start Date

September 24, 2018

Posting Date

August 1, 2018

Expiration Date(Required)

September 20, 2018

Application Procedures

Please send Resume and other documents to

Additional Documents Requested.

Cover Letter, Unofficial Transcript, Writing Sample, Class Schedule