Job Posting: TRU Data Together Research Assistant

The Technoscience Research Unit (TRU) at the University of Toronto is searching for a Research Assistant who will work closely with the Director and TRU members on the participate in TRU’s collaboration with the Environmental Data Justice Working Group of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI), with an emphasis on setting up and maintaining one component of a distributed archive, as part of the Data Together partnership.

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. The TRU also co-organizes the Technoscience Salon. The TRU is committed to being a research home for Indigenous, Black, People of Color, and LGBTQ2S researchers. Please visit the TRU’s website for an overview of our members and projects.

We welcome applications from Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, and LGBTQ2S researchers (academic and non-academic).

Working closely with  TRU members, the person filling this position will:

  • Deploy Data Together services (“node”) using Kubernetes, Docker, OpenStack (VM management)
  • Write and generate technical documentation of the deployment process Data Together services (“node”)
  • Establish IPFS-cluster on ComputeCanada
  • Maintain and monitor usage of Data Together services
  • Train <5 other people on how to maintain the services

We are looking for applicants with strong organizational skills, and experience in collaborative work related to system administration, working with Linux, web platforms and provisioning and interacting with VMs/VPSs. Experience and interest in data and digital justice, social justice, anti-racism, decolonial methods, Indigenous research, environmental justice, STS, media studies, civic tech, feminist tech, or a related field are an asset.

The Data Together Research assistant will work approximately 10 hours a week, starting as soon as they are hired through September 30, 2018 with a possibility of renewal for up to 6 months. Salary is $35/hour plus 4% vacation.

Please send a cover letter and a CV to matt.price@utoronto.ca, being sure to include the phrase “TRU Data Together RA” in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted through June 26, 2018.

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.