Jobs & Opportunities

SFU Gerontology Research Centre Communications Officer Posting

Position Outline:
Reporting to the Director of the Gerontology Research Centre (, the successful candidate will oversee all communication aspects of the Gerontology Research Centre, including Websites, Newsletter, Annual Report, and community engagement, as well as assist with local conferences and other research translation activities. This position is based at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus, 515 W. Hastings, Vancouver BC.

• Undergraduate degree in Communications, Marketing, or a related discipline
• Excellent knowledge of communications principles, practices and techniques
• Experience in Website development/updating; newsletter production; social media communication
• Excellent knowledge in using online content managements systems, content & image-editing software (e.g. Photoshop, PowerPoint), performance tools (Google Analytics etc) and desktop publishing applications
• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts

Start Date: ASAP
Position End Date: 6 months after the start date, renewable
Salary Range: $ 28,000-$ 35,000 per annum
Deadline: March 24, 2017
To apply please send an electronic cover letter, CV, and names of 3 references to the attention of
Dr. Andrew Wister; Director of Gerontology Research Centre;

Autism & Developmental Disorders Lab (SFU Burnaby) Looking for Volunteer with HTML Experience

ADDL is looking for a Volunteer with Experience in HTML
If you know how to code in html and would like to help a research lab improve its website, we will be happy to work with you! We are the Autism & Developmental Disorders Lab in the Psychology Department (Burnaby campus), and we are looking for a volunteer to help us refine our website. If you would like to improve your portfolio/resume or gain more experience, please email “” and include a copy of your CV. The deadline for submission is February 23rd.

Data Science Pre and Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity — Scholarly Communication and Social Media

The Public Knowledge Project and the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing are soliciting applications for a data science fellowship (pre- or postdoctoral) to help build, and be an integral part of, an emerging research program on scholarly communication and social media.

Working under the direction of Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin, the position will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to explore a wide range of questions using a combination of computational techniques (including applied statistics, machine learning, network analysis, and natural language processing) and innovative methods (such as Twitter bot surveys) to investigate how knowledge is produced, disseminated, and used.

The position is ideally suited for (but not limited to) someone with an interest in scholarly communication and social media research, as it offers access to an unparalleled set of data and expertise to explore many facets of scholarly communication, particularly around issues of open access and the public’s use of scholarly work.

On top of having a proven record doing data-driven research, the ideal candidate will have the ability to lead multiple research projects, participate in external grant writing and publications efforts, as well as play a leadership role in small, but growing research team.

All candidates must possess the following qualifications:

  • Ability to conduct research independently.
  • Strong programming skills in either Python (Pandas) or R
  • Ability to wrangle, explore, and visualize data
  • Knowledge of at least one of the following: social network analysis, natural language processing, or machine learning
  • Strong communication skills

Outstanding candidates will also possess some of the following qualifications

  • A demonstrated interest in scholarly communication (interest in Open Access an extra plus)
  • Understanding and experience working with third party APIs
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience with time series data
  • Experience with Tableau or other data visualization tools
  • Research design expertise

The fellow will have access to funding for travel to present at academic conferences and events, as well as to hire research assistants to support them in their work.

Target start date: flexible (as soon as possible)
Duration: one year, renewable
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: Simon Fraser University (Downtown Campus), Vancouver, BC
Deadline for applications: This posting is now closed.

Postdoctoral candidates from anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply, regardless of their eligibility to work in Canada; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, pre-doctoral candidates can only be considered if they are eligible to work in Canada or if they meet the requirements for a visiting graduate researcher.

About Dr. Alperin:
Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor at the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing and the Associate Faculty Director of Research with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University. He believes that research, especially when it is made freely available (as so much of today’s work is), has the potential to make meaningful and direct contributions to society, and that it is our responsibility as the creators of this research to ensure we understand the mechanisms, networks, and mediums through which our work is discussed and used.

A list of his publications and presentations can be found at, and he can be found on Twitter a @juancommander

Playful Generative Art: Computer-Mediated Creativity and Ephemeral Expressions

WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2017
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Room 1800 (SFU Harbour Centre)
Fee: Free (to reserve a seat, please email

“Generative art” is a blanket term for any creative work produced in part through programmatic or algorithmic means. “Playful generative art” makes use of highly technical disciplines—computer programming, statistics, graphic design, and artificial intelligence—to produce chat bots, digital poetry, visual art, and even computer-generated “novels.” These pieces may be motivated by serious social or political issues, but the expressions are decidedly unserious, often short-lived or quickly composed. Creators working in this medium are rarely artists first—as programmers, designers, game developers, and linguists, they use the tools of their trade in unexpected and delightful ways. Generative art also has much to teach us about issues at the intersection of ethics and technology: what is the role of the artist in a human/machine collaboration; what is our responsibility when we design programs that talk with real people; how do we curate and study ephemeral digital works? Digital artists, writers, technologists, and anyone interested in media studies are invited to attend.

Guest Speaker:

lizadalyLiza Daly
is a software engineer and occasional corporate executive who lives in Boston. She is currently focusing on providing technical assistance to non-profits that work to uphold civil rights and protect vulnerable populations. Her personal projects revolve around digital art, interactive narrative, and digital publishing. Formerly she was CTO at Safari and prior to that, founded a digital publishing company called Threepress, which Safari acquired. Her new company is World Writable. She has been quoted about “Digital Detox” and the effects of the iPad on reading (NYT, 2010), ebooks in the cloud (Wired, 2011), and on strategies to help introverts network (FastCompany, 2015). Liza has presented about great engineering teams and digital publishing. She wrote a short book on Next-Generation Web Frameworks in Python (O’Reilly, 2007), which, she says, is “out of date so please don’t read it”.

Editors needed – SFU’s Film Academic Journal

Cinema in Practice
Simon Fraser University’s Film Academic Journal

Editor / Selection Committee Member
[Part-time, temporary] Volunteer Position

In collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief and the Academic Advisor, the three selected Editors / Selection Committee Members will assist in selecting the submitted articles to publish in this year’s journal, and copy edit its text to meet the quality standards of Cinema in Practice.

Key responsibilities include:

● Reading all submitted articles and helping choose which to publish
● Detailed copy editing alongside fellow editors
● Enforcing standards for academic honesty and accuracy
● Maintaining bi-weekly meetings Successful candidate will be:
● Enrolled as an undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University
● Interested in and have a deep understanding of film studies
● Skilled in copy editing other people’s writings
● Able to collaborate with colleagues and writers
● Punctual and capable of working under pressure with short deadlines

START DATE: January 2, 2017
END DATE: April 30, 2017

How to apply:
Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to by November 27 at 5pm. Interviews will be taking place the following week.


LifeTree Media seeks Senior Non-Fiction Editor

LifeTree Media, a hybrid publisher based in Vancouver, BC, is seeking a senior editor to join their virtual team on a part-time basis starting January 2017.

This role requires strong editorial skills and strong people management and organizational skills. Minimum 2–5 years experience as an editor, managing staff, and in a senior position at a trade house.

Read the full job description.