Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Looking for Research Assistants for Fall 2015

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As the new school year is fast approaching, I am now focused on assembling new research teams for my two, ongoing projects: Kids DIY Media and Playing at Making. I will be hiring RAs at the Master's and PhD level (and possibly undergraduate as well) for both projects, as per the terms and job descriptions contained in the ads below.

For both projects, I have a certain number of hours of work that need to be completed, but am somewhat open as to how these get divided up (i.e. I will either hire fewer RAs working a greater number of hours, or a larger number of RAs working a smaller number of hours). The deadline for applications is August 14 (2015). Interviews will be scheduled in the later part of August and/or early September.

Please distribute these ads widely! And if you have any questions, just shoot me an email at: sara[dot]grimes[at]utoronto[dot]ca.

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Fall 2015 RA Positions
RESEARCH ASSISTANT
KIDS’ DIY MEDIA PARTNERSHIP

Professor Sara Grimes, Faculty of Information, has a number of Research Assistant (RA) positions available for qualified students, at both the Master’s and PhD levels. Qualified applicants must have full-time student status for the duration of the RAship (or be within six months of completion/graduation), and be available to complete a majority of their duties in person at the  University of Toronto St. George campus. Preference will be given to University of Toronto students, but qualified students from other recognized post-secondary Canadian institutions may also be considered. Similarly, preference will be given to graduate-level students, but undergraduates are also welcome to apply if other criteria and qualifications are met.

The RAs will assist with research and activities relating to Year 2 of the Kids’ DIY Media Partnership, a three-year, SSHRC-funded project aimed at bringing together academics, industry stakeholders and policymakers to discuss and analyze emerging issues associated with children’s online media making and sharing. Ideal candidates for these RA positions posses previous research experience  and/or formal training in common qualitative and/or quantitative social science research methods (especially content analysis, focus groups, and policy analysis), have excellent written communication skills, and are able to work independently, as well as in a team.

General responsibilities of Master’s level RAships may include:
- Assisting in qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis
- Assisting in the writing and dissemination of research reports
- Assisting in community outreach (e.g. translating reports into popular press articles, fact sheets for children and parents, materials for teachers and child advocates, etc.)
- Assisting in promoting project events and activities (e.g. writing blog posts)
- Assisting in the creation and facilitation of project events (e.g. moderating a group discussion at a daylong workshop)
- Some literature review

The PhD level RAships may include additional responsibilities, such as:
- Assisting in the design and coordination of qualitative and quantitative data analysis
- Assisting in the writing of academic papers based on project results, including conference presentations and journal submissions
- Assisting in the supervision and coordination of Master’s  and undergraduate level RAs
- Assisting in coordinating, communicating and liaising with project partners (e.g. ensuring partner access to project documents, providing timely feedback to and from partners on project deliverables, etc.)

Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized according to successful applicants’ interests and strengths. The specific responsibilities and nature of the work associated with these positions will vary depending on the experience and academic level of the students who are ultimately selected to fill them. Salaries are similarly pre-set and scaled based on the level of the student’s current academic program (e.g. undergraduate, Master’s, PhD).

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Dr. Sara Grimes at sara[dot]grimes[at]utoronto[dot]ca by 4pm, Friday August 14, 2015. More information about the project can be found here: http://kidsdiymedia.com 


These RAships will ideally run for the duration of the 2015-2016 academic year (September 2015 to May 2016), with initial contracts covering a three-month trial period (e.g. September 15 to December 15, 2015) with possibility of renewal.  Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Fall 2015 RA Position
RESEARCH ASSISTANT/EVENT ORGANIZER 
KIDS’ DIY MEDIA PARTNERSHIP


Professor Sara Grimes, Faculty of Information, has one  (1) Workshop and Events Research Assistant (RA) position available for a qualified University of Toronto PhD-level graduate student.

The RA will assist with events and activities relating to Year 2 of the Kids’ DIY Media Partnership, a three-year, SSHRC-funded project aimed at bringing together academics, industry stakeholders and policymakers to discuss and analyze emerging issues associated with children’s online media making and sharing. This position is focused specifically on assisting Professor Grimes and her partners with the development and coordination of a daylong workshop, as well as events and presentations associated with the 2016 TIFF Kids International Film Festival. The ideal candidate possesses strong research skills, excellent written communication skills, previous experience with event planning, and is able to work independently, as well as in a team.

General responsibilities will include:

- Coordinating and communicating with project partners
- Organizing, designing, preparing and managing a transdisciplinary workshop, as well as the project’s 2016 TIFF events and contributions
- Facilitating and coordinating other RAs during the workshop(s) and associated events
- Assisting with analysis of the workshop results and feedback
- Preparing written reports and debriefs on the events and their results.

Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized according to the successful applicant’s interests and strengths.

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Dr. Sara Grimes at sara[dot]grimes[at]utoronto[dot]ca by 4pm, Friday August 14, 2015. More information about the project can be found here: http://kidsdiymedia.com

This RAship will ideally run for the duration of the 2015-2016 academic year (September 2015 to May 2016), with an initial contract covering a three-month trial period (e.g. September 15 to December 15, 2015) with possibility of renewal.  Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Fall 2015 RA PositionS
RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
PLAYING AT MAKING PROJECT

Professor Sara Grimes, Faculty of Information, has a number of Research Assistant (RA) positions available for qualified students, at both the Master’s and PhD levels. Qualified applicants must have full-time student status for the duration of the RAship (or be within six months of completion/graduation), and be available to complete a majority of their duties in person at the  University of Toronto St. George campus. Preference will be given to University of Toronto students, but qualified students from other recognized post-secondary Canadian institutions may also be considered. Similarly, preference will be given to graduate-level students, but undergraduates are also welcome to apply if other criteria and qualifications are met.

The RAs will assist with research and activities relating to Year 2 of the Playing at Making project, a two-year, SSHRC-funded study of the opportunities and challenges for inclusive play presented by popular child-friendly game design titles. The ideal candidates for these RA positions possess strong skills and/of formal training in common forms of social science research (quantitative and/or qualitative), excellent written communication skills, and are able to work independently as well as in a team. Firsthand research experience with children, or other relevant experience working with children, as well as formal training and/or previous experience with survey distribution and data analysis, are considered to be particularly valuable assets for these positions.

General responsibilities of Master’s level RAships may include:
- Assisting in survey distribution and data analysis
- Assisting in content analysis
- Assisting in the writing and dissemination of research reports
- Assisting in community outreach
- Assisting in the creation, management and facilitation of focus group “game jams” involving children aged 6 to 12 years and their parents (and subsequent focus group data analysis)
- Some literature review

The PhD level RAships may include additional responsibilities, such as:
- Assisting in the design and coordination of qualitative and quantitative data analysis
- Assisting in the writing of academic papers based on project results, including conference presentations and journal submissions
- Assisting in the supervision and coordination of Master’s  and undergraduate level RAs
- Assisting in comparative policy analysis of the terms of use and privacy policies of relevant child-friendly game design titles, within broader Canadian and US communication and information policy contexts.

Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized according to successful applicants’ interests and strengths. The specific responsibilities and nature of the work associated with these positions will vary depending on the experience and academic level of the students who are ultimately selected to fill them. Salaries are similarly pre-set and scaled based on the level of the student’s current academic program (e.g. undergraduate, Master’s, PhD).

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Dr. Sara Grimes at sara[dot]grimes[at]utoronto[dot]ca by 4pm, Friday August 14, 2015. More information about the project can be found here: http://playingatmaking.wordpress.com

These RAships will ideally run for the duration of the 2015-2016 academic year (September 2015 to May 2016), with initial contracts covering a three-month trial period (e.g. September 15 to December 15, 2015) with possibility of renewal. As these positions will involve interacting with children in focus group scenarios, a police background check will be mandatory upon hiring.
Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.  

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