Knowledge Translation Research Assistant – Rick Hansen Institute

Vancouver, BC


The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that drives innovation in spinal cord injury (SCI) research and care. By facilitating an international network of researchers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, people with SCI and their supporters, we strive to improve the lives of people living with SCI in Canada and around the world. The Rick Hansen Institute is proudly accredited by Imagine Canada.


This 6-month full-time/ part-time contract is a great opportunity for a candidate pursuing a graduate degree in public health or health sciences, or a recent graduate with an interest in the field of Knowledge Translation. RHI provides a multi-disciplinary environment where autonomy, critical and creative thinking are encouraged. The values that drive our mission are teamwork, collaboration, innovation, integrity and trust and exceptional outcomes.

Reporting to the Director of Research and Best Practice Implementation (BPI) and working closely with the Knowledge Exchange Lead, the Knowledge Translation (KT) Research Assistant conducts reviews of published and grey literature and environmental scans of reports and various online materials to inform development of relevant materials, such as a stakeholder map and a care initiatives depository. The KT Research Assistant may also assist in planning for knowledge sharing activities.


The Knowledge Translation Research Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Collecting and synthesizing information from a variety of sources (e.g. published and grey literature and online materials) to develop knowledge products such as summary reports and info-graphics;
  • Assisting with report writing and production of knowledge sharing materials;
  • Assisting in planning for knowledge sharing opportunities such as meetings and webinars;
  • Participating in team meetings related to knowledge translation/exchange initiatives and activities; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Director, Research & BPI or Knowledge Exchange Lead.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in or recent graduate of a Master of Public Health or related program;
  • One to three years of related experience including experience in research, knowledge synthesis and report writing;
  • Experience in the field of Knowledge Translation is considered an asset;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to locate required information using a variety of methods (e.g., online information sources, manuals, expert sources);
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize tasks;
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports and summaries;
  • Ability to tailor information for various audiences;
  • Ability to take direction and work with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment;
  • Computer skills using MS Office.


Interested and qualified candidates can apply here . While we thank all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For more information on the Rick Hansen Institute, please visit our website at

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