Opportunities Positions at Semaphore

Professor Sara Grimes, Faculty of Information, has one work-study position available for a qualified University of Toronto student. If you are an undergraduate taking at least 1.0 credit (40% of a full course load) continuously from May and August (e.g. one 0.5 F course between May-June and one 0.5 S course between July-August, or 1 Y course from May to August), or a graduate student registered in at least 40% of a full course load from May to August, then you are eligible to apply.

This research assistant (RA) will assist both the Kids’ DIY Media and Playing at Making research projects in maintaining their websites and generating data visualizations for reports and project publicity. The ideal candidate possesses strong web and multimedia design skills, excellent written communication skills, and is able to work independently as well as in a team.

General responsibilities may include:

- Track performance of our current website
- Continue to enhance website content
- Generate data visualizations for web and project reports
- Actively engage and build relationships with the project’s social media community
- Assist in promoting project events
- Some literature review
- Some data analysis

Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized for the applicant’s interest and strengths.

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Dr. Sara Grimes at sara.grimes@utoronto.ca by 4pm, Thursday May 19th, 2016.

This contract will run from the end of May to mid-August 2016. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

 

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Semaphore has a work-study position available for a qualified University of Toronto student. If you are an undergraduate taking at least 1.0 credit (40% of a full course load) continuously from May and August (e.g. one 0.5 F course between May-June and one 0.5 S course between July-August, or 1 Y course from May to August), or a graduate student registered in at least 40% of a full course load from May to August, then you are eligible to apply.

All student applications will be considered, but priority will be given to MI/MMST students registered at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

Semaphore is hiring one research assistant to curate our projects on the socio-technical dimensions of emerging technologies, including 3D printing, adaptive gaming, and general socio-cultural concerns, into exhibits that will be housed in the Lab space.

Our ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills; the ability to organize and present information and concepts through design; solid project management skills; and is able to work independently as well as part of a team.

Duties:

•             Catalogue and assemble Semaphore project materials
•             Develop small write-ups suitable for the lab exhibits and the Semaphore website
•             Photographing the exhibits and materials
•             Collaborating with project leads to ensure the project is clearly represented
•             Assisting in keeping the lab tidy and organized

Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized for the applicants’ interest and strengths.

To apply, email a CV and cover letter addressed to Dr. Amy Ratelle at amy.ratelle@utoronto.ca by 4pm, Thursday May 19th, 2016.

This contract will run from the end of May to mid-August 2016. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Semaphore has 2 work-study positions available for qualified University of Toronto students. If you are an undergraduate taking at least 1.0 credit (40% of a full course load) continuously from May and August (e.g. one 0.5 F course between May-June and one 0.5 S course between July-August, or 1 Y course from May to August), or a graduate student registered in at least 40% of a full course load from May to August, then you are eligible to apply.

All student applications will be considered, but priority will be given to MI/MMST students registered at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

This research assistant (RA) will assist the Semaphore Research Coordinator in providing access to the lab space, keeping the space tidy and organized, and assisting with 3D printing work. Our ideal candidates will have a high level of general technical competency, possess strong written communication skills, and are able to work independently as well as in a team.

Duties:
•             Keeping the lab space tidy and organized
•             Carrying out 3D design tasks
•             Operating 3D printers
•             Writing technical documentation
•             Inventory management

Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized for the applicants’ interest and strengths.

Requirements:
•             A high level of general technical competency
•             Availability during standard business hours at least 3 days a week
•             Coding ability (C#, python, etc.) and experience with 3D design encouraged but not required
•             Willingness to learn

To apply, email a CV and cover letter addressed to Dr. Amy Ratelle at amy.ratelle@utoronto.ca by 4pm, Thursday May 19th, 2016.

This contract will run from the end of May to mid-August 2016. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Semaphore is hiring two research assistants as general Lab assistants, and to also assist with our projects on the socio-technical dimensions of 3D printing, including environmental questions, issues related to standardization/customization, and general socio-cultural concerns, as needed.

Work-study students must be registered in at least 2.0 credits continuously from September 2015 to April 2016 (at least 40% course load for graduate students). All student applications will be considered, but priority will be given to MI/MMST students registered at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

Contract dates: Monday 14 September 2015 – Friday 26 February 2016

Our ideal candidates will have a high level of general technical competency, possess strong written communication skills, and are able to work independently as well as in a team.

Duties:

  • Carrying out 3D design tasks
  • Operating 3D printers 
  • Writing technical documentation 
  • Keeping the lab tidy and organized
  • Inventory tracking and management

Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized for the applicants’ interest and strengths.

Requirements:

• A high level of general technical competency 
• Availability during standard business hours at least 3 days a week
• Ability (C#, python, etc.) and experience with 3D design encouraged but not required 
• Willingness to learn 

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Dr. Amy Ratelle at amy.ratelle@utoronto.ca by 4pm, Friday September 4th, 2015. In your cover letter, please confirm your on-site availability.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Professor Sara Grimes, has one work-study position available for a qualified University of Toronto student.  Students must be registered in at least 2.0 credit continuously from September 2015 to April 2016 (at least 40% for graduate students) to be eligible to apply.


This research assistant (RA) will assist both the Kids’ DIY Media and Playing at Making research projects in maintaining their websites and generating data visualizations for reports and project publicity. The ideal candidate possesses strong web and multimedia design skills, excellent written communication skills, and is able to work independently as well as in a team.

General responsibilities may include:
- Track performance of our current website - Continue to enhance website content
- Generate data visualizations for web and project reports
- Actively engage and build relationships with the project’s social media community - Assist in promoting project events
- Some literature review - Some data analysis Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized for the applicant’s interest and strengths.

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Dr. Sara Grimes at sara.grimes@utoronto.ca by 4pm, Friday August 14, 2015.

This contract will run from September 14, 2015 to February 26, 2015. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

 

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Professor Sara Grimes, Faculty of Information, has one work-study position available for a qualified University of Toronto student. Students must be registered in at least 2.0 credit continuously from September 2015 to April 2016 (at least 40% for graduate students) to be eligible to apply.


This research assistant (RA) will assist the Semaphore Research Coordinator in providing access to the Accessibility Arcade space, and training other RAs as required to use the technology. The ideal candidate possesses strong written and oral communication skills, a background in gaming on multiple platforms, and is able to work independently as well as in a team.

General responsibilities may include:
- Programming the adaptable consoles and platforms - Assisting in developing documentation for RAs and gamers to use the arcade
- Assisting with deciding on arcade upgrades to consoles and other equipment
- Actively engage and build relationships with the wider local gaming social media community - Training new RAs to use the space Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized for the applicant’s interest and strengths.

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Dr. Sara Grimes at sara.grimes@utoronto.ca by 4pm, Friday August 14, 2015.

This contract will run from September 14, 2015 to February 26, 2015. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Professor Sara Grimes 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.grimes@utoronto.ca by 4pm, Friday August 14, 2015

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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Professor Sara Grimes 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.grimes@utoronto.ca by 4pm, Friday August 14, 2015

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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Professor Sara Grimes 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.grimes@utoronto.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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Semaphore is hiring one research assistant to build basic apps for assorted research initiatives and beta-test Autodesk's Spark platform for 3D printing.

Our ideal candidates will have a high level of general technical competency, possess strong written communication skills, and are able to work independently as well as in a team.

Duties:

  • Build basic apps using Unity, Python, and Javascript (programming)
  • Testing apps
  • Documenting the programming and testing process

 

Requirements:

•A high level of general technical competency 
• Availability during standard business hours at least 3 days a week
• Advanced experience with Unity, Python, and Javascript

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Dr. Amy Ratelle by 4pm, Friday 15 May 2015.

In your cover letter, please confirm your on-site availability.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Semaphore is hiring two research assistants as general Lab assistants, and to also assist with our projects on the socio-technical dimensions of 3D printing, including environmental questions, issues related to standardization/customization, and general socio-cultural concerns, as needed.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student registered in at least 40% of a full course load from May to August, then you are eligible to apply. All student applications will be considered, but priority will be given to MI/MMST students registered at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

Our ideal candidates will have a high level of general technical competency, possess strong written communication skills, and are able to work independently as well as in a team.

Duties:

  • Carrying out 3D design tasks
  • Operating 3D printers 
  • Writing technical documentation 
  • Keeping the lab tidy and organized
  • Inventory management

Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized for the applicants’ interest and strengths.

Requirements:

•A high level of general technical competency 
• Availability during standard business hours at least 3 days a week
• ability (C#, python, etc.) and experience with 3D design encouraged but not required 
• Willingness to learn 

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Dr. Amy Ratelle by 4pm, Friday 15 May 2015.

In your cover letter, please confirm your on-site availability.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

 

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Semaphore is hiring one research assistant to evaluate the material characteristics of different configuration and plastics used in 3d printing, and support the 3D design computer cluster.

Our ideal candidates will have a high level of general technical competency, possess strong written communication skills, and are able to work independently as well as in a team.

Duties:

  • Operating 3D printers and material testing equipment
  • Documenting results of material testing sessions
  • Basic data analysis
  • Software installation and maintenance (including Windows OS, other software, testing systems configurations)

Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized for the applicants’ interest and strengths.

Requirements:

•A high level of general technical competency 
• Availability during standard business hours at least 3 days a week
• Knowledge of 3D printing software such as Cura, Slic3r, and/or Makerbot Desktop
• Experience running 3D printers 

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Dr. Amy Ratelle by 4pm, Friday 24 April 2015.

In your cover letter, please confirm your on-site availability.

Interviews will be scheduled between 28 April – 30 April 2015. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Professor Sara Grimes, Faculty of Information, has one work-study position available for a qualified University of Toronto student. If you are an undergraduate taking at least 1.0 credit (40% of a full course load) continuously from May and August (e.g. one 0.5 F course between May-June and one 0.5 S course between July-August, or 1 Y course from May to August), or a graduate student registered in at least 40% of a full course load from May to August, then you are eligible to apply.

Content Management Assistant

This research assistant (RA) will assist the Kids’ DIY Media and Playing at Making research projects in maintaining their websites and generating data visualizations for reports and project publicity. The ideal candidate possesses strong web and multimedia design skills, excellent written communication skills, and is able to work independently as well as in a team.

General responsibilities may include: - Track performance of our current website - Continue to enhance website content - Generate data visualizations for web and project reports - Actively engage and build relationships with the project’s social media community - Assist in promoting project events - Some literature review - Some data analysis

Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized for the applicant’s interest and strengths.

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Dr. Sara Grimes at sara.grimes@utoronto.ca by 4pm, Friday 2 May 2014. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.  

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Semaphore is hiring research assistants for our projects on the socio-technical dimensions of 3D printing, including environmental questions, issues related to standardization/customization, and general socio-cultural concerns. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student who registered in at least 40% of a full course load in 2013 or plan to register for 2014, then you are eligible to apply. All student applications will be considered, but priority will be given to MI/MMST students registered at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Our ideal candidate has a high level of general technical competency, possesses strong written and verbal communication skills, and is able to work independently as well as in a team.

Duties:

  • Carrying out 3D design tasks
  • Operating 3D printers
  • Writing technical documentation
  • Transcription of video and audio data

Other or more specific tasks can be prioritized for the applicant's interest and strengths. Requirements: A high level of general technical competency

  • Availability during standard office hours at least 3 days a week
  • Coding ability (C#, python, etc.) and experience with 3D design encouraged but not required
  • Willingness to learn

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Dr. Amy Ratelle by 4pm, Friday 25 April 2014.

In your cover letter, please confirm your on-site availability. Interviews will be scheduled between 28 April – 30 April 2014.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. Contract dates: Monday 5 May 2014 – Friday 29 August 2014

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Posting # 2014.WC.0626 If you are a domestic or international Master’s student at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information (iSchool), registered in at least 40% of a full course load continuously from September to December, you are eligible to apply.

The Semaphore Research Cluster is seeking a research assistant (RA) to assist Semaphore’s Research Coordinator with the documentation and translation of Semaphore’s academic work into publically-relatable content for the Semaphore website. The RA will assist the Research Coordinator in website maintenance and generating new content, as well as archiving and making accessible past papers and conference presentations by Semaphore researchers.

The ideal applicant will possess strong written communication skills, an ability to work independently as well as in a team, and an interest in web and multimedia design.

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Amy Ratelle, Research Coordinator, by 5pm, Tuesday September 17th, 2013. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Posting # 2014.WC.0624 If you are a domestic or international Master’s student at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information (iSchool), registered in at least 40% of a full course load continuously from September to December, you are eligible to apply.

The Semaphore Research Cluster is seeking a research assistant (RA) to assist in the organization and management of the materials and tools in the Semaphore Maker lab (Critical Making lab). This RA will learn about new forms of librarianship that involve physical tools and properties and will explore how this archival area is evolving. The RA will assist in a range of activities to support Critical Making researchers with inventory control and management, and liaise with the Research Coordinator for procurement of supplies.

The ideal applicant will possess strong organizational and communication skills, an ability to work independently as well as part of a team, and an interest in participatory material culture.

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Amy Ratelle, Research Coodinator, by 5pm, Tuesday September 17th, 2013. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Two positions are available in research projects concerning the evaluation of tablet computers as effective learning tools for both children and adults. If you are a full-time domestic or international graduate student (MA, PhD) at the University of Toronto, you are eligible to apply. The goal of our project is to create a conceptual/theoretical model of device use that accounts for how cognitive abilities and processes interact with the physical (e.g., screen type) and software properties of the device. Individuals selected for the position will be trained and gain experience in the following:

  • Collecting experimental data in individual testing scenarios using eye tracking equipment, cognitive measures, and psychophysiological measures (e.g., heart rate) from child participants in the Toronto Public School District and/or from adult participants in the University of Toronto St. George Campus.
  • Coding behavioural data from videos using coding software.
  • Data entry.
  • Conducting literature reviews.
  • Some minor administrative duties (e.g., photocopying).
  • Generating a shared bibliographic reference list.

Requirements

The desired applicant must:

  • Possess an undergraduate degree in the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology), educational sciences, etc. with preference given to individuals whose undergraduate training included a thesis component (i.e., B.A. Honours).
  • Be comfortable working with young children (ages 4 - 8) and willing to submit to a vulnerable sector criminal record check.
  • Have availability during business hours (Monday-Friday) for data collection (note: the applicant does not need full availability for the business week, but must be available at least 2-3 days for on-site work at elementary schools)

The desired applicant may possess a combination of the following or is eager to obtain:

  • Experience collecting experimental, observational, or interview data from human participants.
  • Experience using SPSS or equivalent statistical software.
  • Experience using modern tablet computers (e.g., iPad, Android tablets).

If the project interests you PLEASE APPLY. We are looking for passionate individuals to join our team. Apply with a cover letter and CV by email: amy.ratelle@utoronto.ca
Posting closes: Friday 2 August 2013, 5pm.
Position start date: Monday 26 August 2013 (negotiable). Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.  

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Seeking PhD Student Research Assistant for Summer Position (July-August, 2013): Seeking one, current full-time doctoral student interested in working with Dr. Sara Grimes (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto) on a SSHRC-funded project entitled Children's Do-It-Yourself Media: Mapping trends, policy implications and best practices around children's increased participation in creative cultural production online.

The successful candidate will assemble a comprehensive literature review, assist in a survey of children’s DIY tools/sites, and contribute to intellectual direction of theoretical framework. They will act as a key liaison between project partners and assist in coordinating data collection across the research team. Writing reports and papers is a key part of this project. Some background in social sciences (information, education, communication, sociology, anthropology, etc.) and/or social science research is required. Experience and/or research interests relating to children/youth and digital media would be seen as a key asset.

As this is a three-year project, there is a possibility of continuing on the project during the school year. The research assistant must demonstrate genuine commitment, serious interest, good work ethic, a strong writing ability, and enthusiasm for collaborating with a cross-disciplinary team.

If interested, please contact Dr. Sara Grimes at sara.grimes@utoronto.ca with a description of why you are interested and what skills you would bring to the position, a writing sample, an up-to-date resume, and a list of 2-3 references (names and contact info only).

Minimum time commitment: 45-50 hrs/month (salary = $35.00/hr), July-August 2013. Possibility of continuing throughout the school year. 

Please note: The project requires that the RA be on site for a significant portion of the research, i.e. the successful candidate must be predominantly situated in Toronto during the time period of the RAship (July-August 2013). Deadline for application: June 25, 2013.  

Project Description: Children’s Do-It-Yourself-Media Children have long participated in the production of do-it-yourself (DIY) media at the individual and local scale. These practices form a crucial part of children’s cultural, social and everyday lives, but are also understood to provide significant opportunities for learning. Today, children’s DIY media creation increasingly takes place online, using digital tools that allow them to not only produce and share their ideas with the world, but also develop many of the skills they’ll need to be participants, innovators and leaders in the digital economy. This development has the potential to contribute significantly to the ongoing democratization of the media, by opening up the means of production and distribution to a user group that has traditionally been systematically excluded from contributing directly to these processes.

However, outside of a handful of studies, we currently know very little about the children’s DIY media phenomenon, the frequency with which children engage in these activities or what types of media they are producing. There are furthermore significant gaps in our knowledge of how child-made media is shaped and moderated by the companies who design DIY media tools and websites, not to mention what types of policies and design practices work to support children’s DIY media creation and which ones might in fact hinder children’s creativity and cultural rights. This project is aimed at advancing our understanding of an important emerging phenomenon and mapping the various opportunities and challenges involved.

The objectives include identifying the types of support systems--regulatory, infrastructural, and technical--required to foster a rights-based, child-centric, inclusive approach to children's online DIY media production, which will in turn support children's learning, cultural participation and digital skill development.  

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We have a work-study position available for a qualified master's student to come work with us on our kids' DIY & inclusive design in games project. If you are a domestic or international Master’s student at the University of Toronto registered in at least 40% of a full course load continuously from May to August, you are eligible to apply. Here are the details: We are seeking a research assistant (RA) to participate in the launch of an interdisciplinary project on children's do-it-yourself media practices, focusing in particular on children's user-generated content in video games and questions of inclusion, across multiple populations. These include but are not limited to girls, children with disabilities, rural children, and children of colour. The RA will assist the Principal Investigator and the Postdoctoral Fellow with a range of activities to support the launch of this project, directly engaging in study design, recruitment, and depending on timing, data collection and analysis. The ideal applicant will possess strong communication skills, an ability to work independently as well as in a team, and an interest in digital games and youth media culture. Interested applicants can find the posting and instructions by logging into the Career Centre website and searching for Job Order Number: 2013.WS.0664. Alternatively, you can email Professor Sara Grimes at sara.grimes@utoronto.ca. This job posting will close end of day on May 17, 2013.

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