Video Production Research Assistant/Remote Program Delivery Support Position (KMDI/CDMI)

The Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) is a cross-departmental institute at the University of Toronto that produces human-centered research and pedagogical resources aimed at exploring, critiquing, and informing the design of technological devices, media, and systems. The UTSC Critical Digital Methods Institute (CDMI) is a sister operation that seeks to build bridges across the gaps that exist between disciplines, media, systems and people. We work across different quantitative and qualitative methods and focus on critical and interpretive methods, social justice frameworks and digital methods that are attentive to questions and problems of equity, diversity and inclusion.

We are currently seeking a video production assistant to help us create and edit videos and related digital content for an international digital ethnography methods intensive and repository. This material is being produced in collaboration with KMDI-Semaphore, UTSC CDMI, the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia, and with The New School, in New York, USA. The media editing required is an eight-week project that must be completed by the end of March, 2021, and that may lead to additional similar projects as the collaboration develops.


  • Technical skills and knowledge of video editing and experience using video editing applications such as Adobe Premiere or Adobe After Effects, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve
  • Familiarity with other media/graphics programs (Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Audition)
  • Knowledge of video transfer/conversion
  • Ability to learn new technology equipment and applications
  • Self-motivated; takes initiative; pro-active
  • Committed, reliable, ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work remotely


  • Edit short and longer-form videos of demos, instructional activities, research talks, and other content for promotional, pedagogical and knowledge mobilization purposes; including the refinement of 6.5 hours of existing edited material (10 lectures, discussions and demos).
  • Log (timecodes & brief descriptions) of approximately 14 hours of already-recorded material to determine priorities for the next editing projects.
  • Provide tech assistance and guidance to members of the research team to assist them with editing, post-production, and video transfer/conversion.
  • Work with the KMD CS Director to produce accessible video content to supplement the activities and goals of KMDI-Semaphore and UTSC CDMI more generally.

Preference will be given to University of Toronto Faculty of Information students and to UTSC Department of Arts, Culture & Media students.

The successful applicant will be offered a contract of 75 hours, to be completed by the end of March 2021. Salary will be commensurate with experience. $20-25/hr.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to KMD CS Director Mary Elizabeth Luka by January 29, 2021, however earlier qualified applicants will be given preference.  Questions may be directed to Dr. Luka by email.