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Fall/Winter 2023-24

JOB # 281  R&D

Professor Jeffrey Ansloos
Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development (APHD)
Indigenous Studies of Grief and Death-by-Suicide
This research program aims to gain deeper insights into the multifaceted aspects of grief and suicide-related deaths within Indigenous communities, focusing on political, sociocultural, and environmental dimensions. Employing diverse methodologies including interviews, environmental analysis, focus groups, document and policy analysis, and archival material examination, the study seeks to enhance understanding in these critical areas. This research program not only seeks to understand the complexities of grief and death by suicide within Indigenous communities but also places a strong emphasis on community partnership. By actively collaborating with these communities, the program aims to foster support and create initiatives that promote the well-being of bereaved individuals. Additionally, the research aims to resist and address the underlying factors that contribute to premature deaths, working towards preventing such tragedies and advocating for systemic changes that prioritize the safety and resilience of communities. Through a combination of research findings, community engagement, and policy recommendations, this program strives to create a lasting impact and support Indigenous communities in struggles for health justice.
The R&DGA will be involved in a variety of capacities:
  • Student will be involved in conducting literature review across interdisciplinary material.
  • Student will be involved in creation of material archive including media, vital statistical, and policy documents.
  • Student will be involved in qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Student will be involved in academic writing.
September 1, 2023—April 30, 2024
240 hours
  • Communication (technical and academic writing); attention to detail; critical thinking; technical skills (use of library databases, word, excel, nvivo), data analysis (qualitative strategies such as thematic analysis), planning and scheduling; and time management. 

Experience working with Indigenous communities; knowledge of suicide studies research and social determinants of health
  • The R&DGA will be expected to attend regularly scheduled research team meetings scheduled Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • The R&DGA will have a basic understanding of Indigenous studies and research methodologies, foundational literacy of social dimensions/determinants of Indigenous health and education, and cultural acumen in engaging with diverse communities.
Evenings and weekends are not required however, schedule can be flexible as negotiated with supervisor.
  • To hold an R&D GA, you must be registered as a full-time student at OISE in an eligible program.
  • Masters students (including MA, MEd, MT, and MA-CSE) students are eligible to hold a R&D GA in the first 2 years of their program.
  • MA-SCCP students are eligible to hold an R&D GA in the first 3 years of their program.
  • Full-time doctoral students (PhD, EdD) are eligible to hold an R&D GA in the first 6 years of their program.
  • Flex-time PhD students are eligible to be considered for a GA or R&D GA once during the first 5 years of their program and must be pursuing full-time studies as per the CUPE 3902, Unit 7 Collective Agreement.
  • You are not eligible for an R&D GA if you are holding a combination of scholarships, fellowships, OISE-arranged teaching assistantships, OISE-arranged course instructorships and/or research assistantships greater than or equal to the value of a full R&D GA during the academic year (September-August)
  • You may not hold a Graduate Assistantship (GA) and an R&D Graduate Assistantship (R&D GA) at the same time.
  • For Fall/Winter, Fall, and Winter contracts, students who are full-time employees at the University of Toronto or elsewhere, are ineligible to be considered for R&D Graduate Assistantships under the CUPE 3902, Unit 7 Collective Agreement. Full-time employment is defined as 35 hours per week, or where different, the number of hours specified in an employee's contract as full-time employment.
  • Appointments are conditional upon a student being legally authorized to work in Canada by virtue of having a Social Insurance Number and Canadian issued study permit by the commencement date of your appointment or, at the latest, within one month following the commencement date of your appointment.  Students will need a Canadian bank account in order to receive remuneration.
  • Should you not have the above noted requisite legal authorization in order to permit you to be legally authorized to work in Canada by the commencement date, any Offer Letter will be automatically deemed null and void and of no further effect, without any further obligations to you.
June 27, 2023. No late applications will be considered.
Please email your cover letter and resume as one pdf document to and copy to Please quote the job number in your subject line and your student number in your covering letter. If applying for more than one R&D GA position, please submit a separate application for each job.
Full-time students may not concurrently hold a Graduate Assistantship and a Research and Development Graduate Assistantship. 
Research Development Graduate Assistantships (RDGAs) are remuneration for graduate students who are engaged in research and/or field development-oriented projects contributing to their academic and professional development. The wage rate for a Fall/Winter RDGA is $13,382.84.
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 
The University of Toronto invites all qualified applicants to apply.