TRU Position: Tech Development Coordinator

Job Description: Technoscience Research Unit Tech Development Coordinator

The Technoscience Research Unit (TRU) at the University of Toronto  is searching for a tech co-ordinator for a casual term position who will work in collaboration with the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative Unit (EDGI).  The TRU is a cross-faculty hub for critical and creative research on the politics of technoscience. The TRU is  affiliated with the Faculty of Information,  the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Women and Gender Studies Institute.  The TRU draws together social justice approaches to Science and Technology Studies, with particular strengths in research on environmental justice, decolonial and feminist STS, and data politics.  Please visit the TRU website for an overview of our projects.  

Working closely with the tech team at EDGI, the person filling this position will coordinate technical development, with an initial focus on data politics, web archiving, and our collaborations with EDGI and Data Rescue. While the position may include some website and software development, the principal duties revolve around aligning technical development to our programmatic goals, and ensuring good communication between developers, volunteer community members, and other important actors in the networks and movements in which we participate.

Initial work related to data politics & data justice projects will include:

  • Communicating an accurate account of the state of software development to EDGI and TRU directors, and ensuring that EDGI and TRU priorities are being addressed by developers;
  • Reviewing and reporting on the status of data archived from Data Rescue and other archiving events, in particular in high-priority areas (e.g., ensuring that all relevant EPA data is in fact being harvested and archived through EDGI and our allies). Developing recommendations for future archiving efforts based on this analysis
  • Collecting and publishing statistics on archived data
  • Collecting feedback on current processes and technical needs, and generating recommendations for improvements to
    1. volunteer processes, and
    2. automation and technical infrastructure

Applicants should have experience in collaborative open-source software development, especially “civic tech” or social-movement oriented projects; some familiarity with Javascript, Node and/or Go programming languages; strong interpersonal and organizing skills; and a willingness to directly formulate and address both social and technical problems.  Experience and interest in STS, media studies, civic tech, social justice organizing, feminist decolonial research, or a related field are an asset.

The tech development coordinator will work approximately 15 hours a week, starting as soon as they are hired through September 1, with a possibility of renewal. Salary is $35/hour plus 4% vacation.

Applications are reviewed starting immediately on a rolling basis until position is filled.  Please send a cover letter and a CV to technoscienceresearch@gmail.com .

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.