Research Associate in Journalism

University of British Columbia



The Research Associate will be required to have specialized knowledge of global supply chains, including the environmental and social consequences associated with supply chains. The position requires someone who can execute a research plan in collaboration with several institutions and including up to 20 researchers. It also requires the person to participate in the research, including data collection and analysis, writing academic papers for publication and integrating the research into the journalistic and artistic project deliverables. The Research Associate will also liaise with investigative journalists, helping to manage scholarly-journalistic collaborations. This is a part-time position at 0.2 FTE and will start August 1, 2019 for one year, with the possibility of extension.

Candidates must have a graduate degree, PhD preferred, in a degree related to the project research. The candidate will have sufficient knowledge of the subject to provide relevant research expertise, ideally with both scholarly and professional experience in global governance. Candidate will also have experience working in tandem with journalists in a collaborative (not simply KMb) capacity. The ideal candidate will also have fundraising experience and track record securing major funding (foundation and tri-counsel) for large-scale collaborative research projects. Minimum of six years of experience or the equivalent combination of work and experience. Minimum three years of project management experience plus specialized experience in the design and implementation of projects. Exceptional communication skills for effective communication at all levels of the organization. Has experience leading scholarship publications, data analysis and evaluations. Excellent judgment, problem solving and decision making skills. Ability to develop creative solutions to complex issues.

All duties and responsibilities shall be carried out under the direction of your supervisor. Performance of assigned duties and responsibilities shall be subject to evaluation by your supervisor Professor Peter Klein.

Hidden Costs of Global Supply Chains is a multi-year grant-funded research and journalistic project that aims to reveal the consequences of global supply chains. Our investigative partnership includes seasoned award-winning journalists, who are partnering with leading scholars and students to embark on ambitious reporting projects. Our goal is to produce three original documentaries on the three stages of supply chains - production, transport, and retail.

The position includes the following:

¿ The majority of the work performed will be related to overseeing the academic input to the journalism research network project including communication and coordination between academic and journalism partners, development and oversight of a research plan to support the journalism media projects, data collection, analysis, development of research tools, co-writing papers
¿ Organizing expert advisory group meetings and following all policies and procedures outlined by SSHRC and UBC in regard to financial and ethical oversight
¿ Review the work of the Supply Chain project's Financial and Operations Manager, including overseeing academic budgets, timelines, bill payments, and reporting on the progress and engagement of the academic research to the journalism projects
¿ Hiring and supervising student research assistants when needed ¿
¿ Working with Prof. Peter Klein, and the Project Manager to identify and develop potential funders for future research and assisting with fundraising and grant writing applications
¿ Maintaining minutes of meeting and updating electronic and paper documents as needed
¿ Liaising with our program funders
¿ Ensuring local and international PG academic partners are apprised of project plans
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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