Research Communication Officer Opportunity

(June 1-June 30, 2020 | Remote Position)

The Scholarly Communications Lab (ScholCommLab) invites applications for a research communication office (1-month) to support a research project studying academic incentives. The position is suitable for those from a wide range of backgrounds, but may especially appeal to designers, science communicators, and research assistants.

Project Description

One of the key components of academic career advancement are the review, promotion, and tenure (RPT) packets that are prepared by faculty on a regular basis as part of their standard performance evaluations. As such, the RPT process in general, and the guidelines that inform the content of RPT packets, are a natural place to effect change in academia. While this is true of many aspects of academic life, it is especially true of the changes needed for a greater opening of access to research (something both Canada and the US have been pushing for through federal policies and laws). This project examined the RPT process in the US and Canada with the goal of directly informing actions likely to translate into behavioural change and to a greater opening of research.

The project has already yielded several important findings, which have been disseminated through peer reviewed publications:

  1. On the Public Dimensions of Faculty Work;
  2. On the Use of the Journal Impact Factor; and
  3. On the Perceptions of Faculty.

While these publications have received significant media attention, we are looking to share the findings more broadly through infographics and social media outreach. As such, we are looking for a research assistant with science communication and design experience to work with the guidance of the project team on developing materials to support an outreach campaign.

Research communication officer responsibilities include

  • Read project publications and discuss findings with the project team;
  • Work together with the project team to develop a document outlining key findings and messages;
  • Create one or more infographics to communicate key messages (iterating as necessary);
  • Prepare a social media plan, including necessary assets (e.g., Twitter Cards);

Required qualifications and skills

  • Ability to analyze and synthesize research findings;
  • Excellent visual and written communication skills;
  • Excellent design skills, preferably in the context of communicating research;
  • Experience making infographics and social media visuals;
  • Proven track record of managing and executing communication campaign(s);

Experience and skills that would be an asset

  • Research communication, science communication, or knowledge mobilization experience;
  • Basic understanding of academic careers (faculty ranks, the tenure process, etc.);
  • Experience working on campaigns geared towards behaviour change;
  • Understanding of social media campaign strategies;
  • Professional blogging experience.

Rate of pay

$40-50/hr (incl. vacation and statutory holiday pay, no medical or dental benefits) – based on experience and qualifications. Initial appointment for up to 80 hours, with potential to extend on an as-needed basis. Work to be carried out between June 1st and June 30th, 2020.

To Apply

Applicants should send a “pitch” email (akin to a cover letter, but less formal) to the ScholCommLab manager, Alice Fleerackers <> outlining why they should be selected, along with a CV, a portfolio of a few select works, and a list of 2-3 references. Please put “RPT Opportunity” in the subject line.

Note: Written or phone references will be requested from short-listed applicants.

Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they come in, but should be received by May 31, 2020 for full consideration. We appreciate all replies to this position posting, however, we will only contact short-listed applicants.