CDHI Research Associate, Digital & Collaborative Research (UTSC)

Apr 20, 2022

The CDHI and the UTSC Office VP Research & Innovation invites applications for a Research Associate to take a leadership role in managing a highly interdisciplinary research environment. The incumbent will be responsible for supporting humanities and social science researchers who focus on collaborative, digital scholarship, and coordinating related research collaborations across the humanities and social sciences at UTSC. This opportunity is a 2-year appointment with the possibility of extension depending on funding. Applications are due May 10, 2022.

Apply via UofT Careers: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-ON/558699117/

About Us

The University of Toronto Scarborough is a place of energy, enthusiasm and passion. Our commitment to inclusive excellence attracts the brightest learners, scholars and employees from around the globe. Our success has been made possible by the opportunity given to us by our Indigenous hosts to operate on their territory, and we cherish our continuing partnerships with these communities. The University of Toronto Scarborough is an exciting campus with unlimited potential. Join us on our journey.

As part of the University of Toronto, Canada’s leading research university and one of the top research universities in the world, conducting cutting-edge, world-class research is part of the University of Toronto Scarborough’s DNA. The Office of the Vice-Principal Research & Innovation is responsible for enhancing the overall research profile of University of Toronto Scarborough locally, nationally and internationally.

Your Opportunity

The UTSC VP Research & Innovation is committed to supporting the full range of its scholars’ humanities, arts, and social science (HASS) research agendas and seeks to advance the work of those engaged in digital scholarship as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary research. Researchers in these fields have been early and dynamic adopters of new methodologies in humanities, arts, and social science research, including computational approaches, new media, collaborative methods, and research creation. The VP Research & Innovation recognizes the significant opportunities–and challenges–faced by humanities, arts, and social science (HASS) scholars doing leading-edge, technologically-enhanced research; their successes are vital to the dynamism of UTSC’s on-campus research cultures.

The UTSC VP Research & Innovation, in conjunction with the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative, invites applications for the position of Research Associate (Limited-Term) (Digital & Collaborative Research, HASS) to take a leadership role in managing this highly interdisciplinary research environment. The incumbent will be responsible for supporting humanities and social science researchers who focus on collaborative, digital scholarship, and coordinating related research collaborations across the humanities and social sciences at UTSC. The incumbent will report to the Vice-Principal Research & Innovation. This opportunity of a Research Associate (Limited Term) is a 2-year appointment and the anticipated start is in May 2022.

Job Duties

The successful candidate will work independently to:

  • Promote UTSC as a base for interdisciplinary research collaborations involving humanities, arts, and social science researchers who focus on collaborative digital research;
  • Run regular roundtables and workshops on interdisciplinary critical digital research topics;
  • Facilitate introductions and connections between researchers working in collaborative and digital research;
  • Facilitate new interdisciplinary research directions for humanities, arts and social science at UTSC, particularly in collaborative and critical digital research;
  • Identify funding opportunities for collaborative digital researchers and facilitate application development, with faculty PIs and research teams;
  • Be a point of connection between the Digital Scholarship unit at UTSC, the CDHI, and UTSC digital and collaborative HASS researchers;
  • Assist faculty members in Knowledge Mobilization activities, such as producing and promoting research communications content highlighting ongoing faculty research projects;
  • Organize, facilitate, and participate in tri-campus digital scholarship initiatives;
  • In consultation with digital librarians, provide one-on-one and group consultancy to humanities, arts and social science researchers seeking to make use of infrastructure for digital scholarship in and beyond UTSC;
  • Connect faculty researchers with IT to troubleshoot problems with digital scholarship tools, as they arise.

As an important member of the VP Research & Innovation portfolio, the incumbent will be expected to participate in the review and/or preparation of grant/award applications in support of critical digital humanities and social science research, and promotion of a wide range of UTSC research activities. At all times, the individual is expected to support the overall research mission of the campus, and specifically the initiatives of the Office of the VP Research & Innovation.

The incumbent will be expected to perform research with a high degree of independence and will design, direct, execute, analyze and present in written and oral forms novel investigative studies that build on and/or take advantage of the incumbent’s academic expertise.

Qualifications (Minimum Qualifications):

Education:

PhD in a humanities or social science discipline.

Experience:

At least three (3) years’ research experience post-PhD graduation, with expertise in collaborative digital scholarship. Experience as a project/team lead required. Must demonstrate expertise in programming research spaces, and ability to lead and manage scholarly and non-scholarly projects.

Other:

Superior communication and organizational skills; self-motivated with an ability to multi-task; ability to work in a collaborative group; ability to lead a project and co-ordinate small teams of researchers.

Notes:

This is a 2-year term appointment until April 2024, with the possibility of extension depending on funding. All individuals interested in the position must arrange for the following to be submitted:

  1. Cover letter, demonstrating one’s suitability for the role, with particular reference to experience with digital and collaborative research in the humanities and/or social sciences
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A writing/research sample, preferably one that demonstrates experience with digital and/or collaborative humanities and social science research
  4. Contact information for three references

To Apply:

Apply via UofT Careers: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-ON/558699117/

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CDHI Digital Humanities Developer

The CDHI invites applications for a Digital Humanities (DH) Developer to work collaboratively with faculty researchers on the complete lifecycle of digital scholarship projects. We are looking for someone with strong front-end development skills who is a collaborative, creative, and strategic thinker able to work closely with faculty to define research project goals and attainable deliverables within grant and research timelines and schedules. This is a term appointment until April 2024 with the possibility of renewal/extension. Applications are due May 26, 2022.

Call for Funding: Graduate Fellowship in Critical Digital Humanities

Deadline: 13 May 2022. The CDHI Graduate Fellowship in Critical Digital Humanities supports a small interdisciplinary cohort of University of Toronto Ph.D. candidates engaged in DH research over the 2022-23 academic year. Students form a community of practice and participate in DH methods training workshops, research symposia, other CDHI events.

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Applications open April 18, 2022. Click here to read more!