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Research Assistant

Department of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent Uni - Halifax
Salary Not specified
Posting Date August 12, 2021
Closing Date September 10, 2021

Department of Applied Human Nutrition
Supervisor: Dr. Phillip Joy
The Department of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University invites applications for the position of Research Assistant.
About the Opportunity
Position Summary: One temporary, Research Assistant, Part-time

The Research Assistant will join our team working with filmmakers (John Hillis and Hannah Minzloff of Truefaux Films) to create two short documentaries on eating disorders with 2SLGBTQIA+communities. The Research Assistant will provide technical and administrative support the team and work closely with both the research and the film-makers.

Project Background

Eating disorders are characterized by disturbed eating behaviours and have serious impacts to the health and wellbeing of many Two-spirited, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, asexual, and other sexually diverse (2SLGBTQIA+) people. However, many 2SLGBTQIA+ who live with eating disorders experience barriers to treatment and feel their voices are not heard within health and social support systems. The project will involve a series of community outreach events and film screenings.

Roles and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

• Work with film makers to produce documentaries
• 2SLGBTQIA+ Community networking
• Project administrative activities
• Literature reviews
• Communications with community partners and networking
• Writing reports (community toolkits, community reports)
• Social media and press releases
• Organizing and attending community events

Required skills and abilities for this position include:

• Passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusion
• Has experience working with 2SLGBTQIA+communities and community service providers
• Understands societal inequalities with an interest in exploring these within the health and dietetics
• Experience working with multiple stakeholders
• Strong communication and facilitation skills: articulate and clear
• Ability to self-motivate when working individually, as well as motivating others within the team
• Knowledge of human ethics requirements
• Capacity to engage with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
• Brings relevant lived experience combined with a broad perspective lens on numerous aspects of diversity and inclusion

Qualifications of applicants:

• Undergraduate and graduate Students in either a health related fields (e.g. Dietetics, Nursing), social science fields (Gender or Queer Studies), as well as arts and media (filmmaking) students will be considered.

Applicants with lived experiences with eating disorders and applicants from the 2SLGBTQIA+ community are encouraged to apply.

Other Information
Salary Range: Dependent on level of education
Time: Sept 2021 to June 2022

Application Process
Application: A cover letter indicating why the applicant would be the ideal candidate for the position, a curriculum vitae or resume outlining relevant experience and skills, and contact information for three references. Submit as one PDF file to by Sept 10, 2021.

Recognized as a leader in distance and experiential learning, and based on a strong tradition of social responsibility, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. Founded in 1873, the Mount has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios, for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities, for its legacy in the advancement of women, and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, and childhood development. The Mount believes that our people are our foundation, and our relationships are built on respect and accountability. Please visit to learn more about us.
Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

How To Apply
Contact: Dr. Phillip Joy

By email

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