Tuesday, 28 June 2016

JOB POSTING POSITION: Doctoral Student Research Assistant PROJECT: Combating Sex Trafficking in Northeastern Ontario: Mapping


POSITION: Doctoral Student Research Assistant

PROJECT: Combating Sex Trafficking in Northeastern Ontario: Mapping

Exploitation and Building Community Resilience

START DATE: Immediately

WAGES: $28/h * 10h/week ($15,943/year)

* 12 months (with a possibility of two more 12-month renewals)

The Steering Committee of the Combating Sex Trafficking in Northeastern
Ontario: Mapping Exploitation and Building Community Resilience research
project – generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada (SSHRC) – invites applications for a Doctoral Student
Research Assistant (RA) beginning as soon as possible. This project aims to
mobilize knowledge in order to enhance institutional and community
capacities to better respond to the needs of trafficked people in
Northeastern Ontario, and to recommend social policy measures for the
prevention of sex trafficking.

The successful applicant is expected to do textual, interview-based, and
participatory action research on the geographic and causal patterns of sex
trafficking, as well as on community based processes of coping and
resilience. Working as part of a team and independently, s/he has strong
interpersonal skills, is motivated, and self-directed. The doctoral
researcher will work alongside an undergraduate research assistant. In
addition to being directly accountable to the project Steering Committee and
the Research Assistant Supervisor, s/he will carry this sense of
accountability into relationships with project participants and project
partners. The Steering Committee is based in and around Nipissing First
Nation territory, but the RA could be based elsewhere in the province. S/he
will receive additional financial support for research

and conference travel.

Eligibility is limited to applicants who are currently working on a Ph.D. in
a relevant field. Applicants must have an appropriate background in:
feminist critical analysis;

-        Indigenous methodologies;

-        participatory action research; and

-        social, political, and economic inequality.

Applicants doing doctoral research in the field of sex trafficking, who are
familiar with

Northeastern Ontario, and have a demonstrated capacity to work with
Indigenous people respectfully and responsibly, will be particularly
competitive. Candidates from Canada’s employment equity groups (i.e.
Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, persons with
disabilities, and women), are encouraged to apply.

Core responsibilities of the doctoral researcher include:

• Participate in a research ethics training workshop that focuses on
research with, by and for Indigenous peoples

• Complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 CORE tutorial on research

• Review sex trafficking literature

• Analyze a baseline survey (which has already completed)

• Maintain the project research database (i.e. a Zotero closed group

• Do open-ended telephone interviews with representatives of umbrella
organizations in Toronto and Ottawa

• Transcribe interview data

• Analyze interview data using NVivo software (training will be provided if

• Recruit participants for workshops in Northeastern Ontario centres

• Assist in the organization and delivery of workshops with local service
providers in urban and rural communities in northeastern Ontario (some
travel required)

• Assist with writing research papers and grants

• Assist with the creation of marketing materials (e.g. communicating

findings/reports with the website designer)

• Other tasks related to the project as identified by the steering committee

Applications should include the following:

• Cover letter (1-2 pages)

• CV (2 pages max)

• 3 References (including names, relationship to you, and contact

Applications should be submitted:

By email to:

Subject line: Doctoral RA Application

As attachments in PDF format

Application Deadline:

Applications will be received on an ongoing basis until the position is
successfully filled.

The Steering Committee thanks all applicants; however,

only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

This position is generously supported by SSHRC.

Brenda Quenneville, MSW, RSW, RP

Executive Director



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