Research Assistant (MDes) for SpokenWeb-affiliated Project — Jan 31, 2022


This position is for a SpokenWeb-affiliated project entitled “Mapping Social Bibliography in the Fred Wah Digital Archive.”

While this project is different from the official SpokenWeb project, Research Assistants will have the possibility of participating in SpokenWeb programming and related activities.

Deadline: Until the position is filled

The SSHRC Insight Development research project “Mapping Social Bibliography in the Fred Wah Digital Archive,” led by Principal Investigator Dr. Deanna Fong (Department of English), is seeking a candidate to wireframe a front-end website for our Drupal-based database of bibliographic records. The Fred Wah Digital Archive (fredwah.ca) is a digital bibliography and repository for the works of Chinese-Canadian poet Fred Wah, and is interested in design questions around the visualization of social networks. The candidate will ideally be an MA student in Design and Computation Arts (or related field).

We are looking for candidates with an innovative approach to information visualization, and who also have a keen eye for translating style and feel of historically situated analog media into digital form. We are particularly interested in candidates whose current work explores topics in inclusive design and cultural information design. Experience coding or building in Drupal 8 is an asset.

The work will be well suited for someone who feels comfortable working independently, and who enjoys connecting virtually with a web developer and team of undergraduate and Masters’ students, while receiving guidance and mentorship from the project leader.

How Will the Candidate Benefit from this Opportunity?

This project will give the Research Assistant an opportunity to work collaboratively in a Humanities research-focused environment. They will develop a web design and data visualization portfolio and gain experience working within Digital Humanities initiatives. The candidate will also be provided with the opportunity to either co-write or develop their own presentation for a relevant conference in the field.

Description of Job Duties

Primary responsibilities of the position may include the following:

  • Work with a Drupal 8 developer to wireframe a new front-end site for the digital archive
  • Develop visualizations of the social networks stemming from the bibliography’s metadata
  • Redesign the site’s visual elements as needed, with attention to the materiality of the original objects and artifacts in the bibliography
  • Feed back on website structure and organization, accessibility, and discoverability
  • Attend weekly meetings with the research team and present work-in-progress

Salary & Eligibility

Position open to any student in good standing. Rate to be determined by the Collective Agreement for 10 hours per week until August 31, 2022 (34 weeks).



How to Apply

Send a statement of interest, including information about relevant experience, and a resume to: Dr. Deanna Fong at deanna.fong@concordia.ca. We look forward to receiving your applications!

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