Competition No. - A111743105
Closing Date - Will remain open until filled.
Work with Dr. Sean Gouglas (PI) on the SSHRC Insight grant-funded project The First Three Years, a longitudinal research project on the experiences of new graduates of post-secondary video game programs as they transition into the workforce. The project has a specific focus on how educational institutions and workplaces in the games industry create supports and barriers for diverse populations of graduates. This position requires strong organizational and communication skills, experience with participant research methods, and a willingness to work independently and primarily online.
The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for recruiting the 200+ participants for the study and cultivating a positive relationship between the study team and research participants. The position also includes developing and implementing study instruments including surveys, an online journaling tool, and putting in place data gathering and analysis protocols.
Carrying out a plan to recruit and enroll approximately 240 participants for the 4-year study window
Building relationships with participants, introducing them to the study and procedures
Instantiating data collection instruments including an online journaling tool and guidelines for participants to use the tool
Developing qualitative open and axial coding procedures for interview data using grounded theory
Developing interview protocols for semi-structured participant interviews
Assisting the PI and project team in literature reviews, environmental scanning, and other research tasks as relate to the project
PhD in social sciences or humanities discipline
Research interests in digital games and/or STEM education and industries are an asset
Experience in qualitative/mixed-method participant-based research methodologies, including interviewing is an asset
Familiarity with feminist research paradigms will be crucial to the work
Knowledge of equity issues in post-secondary games education and in the video game industry is a plus
Ability to work independently but in close communication with a remote research team
The project is based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, but the candidate is not required to relocate for the position. Position responsibilities may require occasional travel to Edmonton, travel conditions permitting.
This position is for one year, commencing in January 2021. Salary is $52,000 plus benefits as outlined in the Pay & Benefits section of the postdoctoral website, which can be found here: https://www.ualberta.ca/research/research-support/post-doctoral-office/pay-benefits/index.html
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Apply online by submitting:
A detailed cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate's career, qualifications, and interest in this position
A curriculum vitae (CV)
The names and contact information (including email addresses) of three referees who may be contacted for additional information
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Review of applications will start on 1 December 2020. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
For further information concerning the position, please contact Dr. Sean Gouglas at email@example.com.