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[liberationtech] Call for Applications: Senior Researcher, Citizen Lab

Masashi Nishihata masashi at
Fri Apr 15 10:55:35 PDT 2011

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Call for Applications: Senior Researcher
Position Summary

The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk  
School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada focusing  
on advanced research and development at the intersection of digital  
media, global security, and human rights. Our mission is to undertake  
advanced research and engage in development that monitors, analyses,  
and impacts the exercise of political power in cyberspace. We  
undertake this mission through collaborative partnerships with leading  
edge research centers, organizations, and individuals around the  
world, and through a pioneering “fusion” methodology that combines  
technical reconnaissance, field investigations, and data mining,  
analysis, and visualization. The Citizen Lab’s ongoing research  
network includes the Information Warfare Monitor, and the OpenNet  

Under the supervision of the Director of the Citizen Lab the Senior  
Researcher will coordinate research projects and undertake scholarly  
work on the socio-political dimensions of information controls. This  
research area will include but not be limited to the following topics:  
Internet censorship, mobile technologies, and monitoring the use and  
control of information communication technologies during elections and  
other major political events.

This opening is for a full-time position based out of the Munk School  
of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Primary Responsibilities

-Coordinate major research projects and multidisciplinary teams
-Contribute to ongoing collaborative and independent research with the  
goal of publication
-Ensure projects and deliverables are executed in organized and timely  
-Bring fresh perspectives, diligence, and creativity to the Citizen Lab


Minimum M.A. degree (Phd preferred) in Political Science,  
International Relations, Sociology, or related discipline.

Experience and Skill Requirements

- Minimum 5 years related experience.
- Advanced proficiency in social science research methods  
(qualitative / quantitative)
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Demonstrated research excellence with strong record of publications  
in related research areas
- Demonstrated ability to lead research teams in challenging  
environments under tight deadlines

Additional Assets

- Research interests and experience in socio-political impacts of  
information communications technology
- Field research experience in countries in the Middle East / North  
Africa, Asia, or Common Wealth of Independent States
- Language skills in Mandarin, Russian, or Farsi
- Experience in election monitoring projects

Required Application Package

Qualified candidates should send an application package that includes  
the items below to info [at] with the subject line  
“Citizen Lab Senior Researcher

1.	Curriculum Vitae
2.	Concise personal statement outlining past and current research  
interests and experience
3.	Writing sample
4.	Two letters of reference

Masashi Nishihata
Research Manager, Citizen Lab

Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
e: masashi at

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