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September 11, 2018

Volunteer with the Research Shop

The McMaster Research Shop is recruiting 20 to 25 volunteer Research Associates to collaborate on teams between October-December 2018 or Winter 2019.

Why volunteer as a Research Associate?
  • Enhance the transferability of your academic research skills by responding to a community-identified question or need.  

  • Explore possibilities for employment inside and outside the university.    

  • Make connections with Hamilton community organizations.

  • Build your CV and portfolio by co-authoring a research report with teammates and a community partner.

  • Learn and practice research methodologies from other academic disciplines (e.g. survey design and analysis, focus groups, community workshops, interviews, environmental scans).  

  • Work with graduate students from other departments.

What  will you do?
  • Work independently and as a member of a small team to produce research products according to set deadlines.

  • Attend regular team meetings and schedule meetings with community organizations, as appropriate.

  • Expected commitment: an average of 5 hours/week from October-December.

What’s required?
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree (both alumni and current McMaster graduate students are welcome!) OR upper year undergraduate experience with community-engaged research

  • Strong research skills, including: the ability to locate and evaluate secondary sources and synthesize complex information, and excellent data management skills.

  • Strong professional skills, including: working independently and meeting deadlines, good email management, and effective meeting skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to ask questions and incorporate critical feedback.

  • Excellent academic and professional writing skills.

  • Awareness of ethical and practical complexities associated with working with agencies or communities outside the university and/or a desire to learn more about principled community-engagement.   

Team Leads are also being recruited to coordinate small teams of Research Associates.

Team Lead responsibilities include:
  • Scheduling and chairing regular team meetings and being available for research team support between meetings by email/phone/Skype.

  • Developing and managing project work plans (in consultation with the team).

  • Offering feedback on Research Associates’ research strategies, written work, and engagements with the community.

  • Acting as the lead author and editor of a final deliverable.

  • Communicating regular updates to the Research Coordinator and consulting with the Coordinator for feedback and support as needed.

Application Process:

To apply for these volunteer opportunities, send:

  • A resume and up to one page expressing your interest (and indicating your academic background, personal strengths, and what you hope to gain from the experience) to

  • Complete a 5-minute online survey to help us plan for onboarding and project matching by identifying skills, interests, and availability.