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Virtual Graduate Research Assistant Position – MEME Project

Call for Applications: Virtual Graduate Research Assistant – MEME Project Capacity Building, working with Professor Glenn Brauen, UTSC and Dr. Stephanie Pyne in partnership with KMDI/Faculty of Information, University of Toronto


Job Description

100 hours, November 1, 2021 – March 18, 2022


Professor Glenn Brauen, UTSC and Dr. Stephanie Pyne in partnership with KMDI/Faculty of Information, University of Toronto are seeking 1 Research Assistant to assist with setting up and running Geographic Information Annotation and Media (GIAMedia) websites, and with creating administration and maintenance documentation to expand the capacity of the Multimedia Emergent Mapping for Education (MEME) Project. We are using GIAMedia software to study the collaborative creation of online, interactive multimedia maps, their value as community and educational resources, and technical and pedagogical design issues related to their use.


  1. Assist with developing training materials to train people to set-up and administer GIAMedia web sites, including:

(a) computer server set up and maintenance information or references to such material. Alternatively, this could be guidance on finding and engaging appropriate commercial hosting services but, for now, this will be a lower priority;

(b) installation of Drupal software and extensions for both development and production configurations, using references to existing Drupal community documentation where possible; and

(c) administration for a GIAMedia site, including (i) creating user accounts or moderating user sign-up, (ii) defining data models, (iii) applying software updates, as needed; (iv) working with community partners or instructors to specify and implement web site configurations; and (v) working with developers, as required, to customize maps and visualizations specific to site data models.

  1. Assist Professor Brauen with day-to-day management of existing and planned GIAMedia web sites. See aspects of administration referred to in 1(c) for typical GIAMedia web site administration tasks.


  • Interested in collaborative geographic data creation and management. Willing to work with educators and communities to assist with the creation, management and use of geographic information and media in a variety of formats.
  • Technically adept with computers, digital information and software.
  • Strong written communication. Experience with detailed, technical writing would be an asset.
  • Experience with running and maintaining some or all of the following software will be required, although familiarity with some of these may be learned while in the role: configuring and maintaining a properly secured web server, especially Apache httpd; Drupal; git; PHP.
  • Ideal candidate will have experience installing and maintaining software including operating systems. Familiarity with Linux operating system and command line administration of a server would be an asset.
  • Familiarity with database administration and PostgreSQL would be an asset.
  • A team worker willing to learn and teach within a collaborative group environment.
  • Conscientious and detail oriented.

Qualified applicants must have the resources and availability to complete all work remotely (personal computer, reliable internet connection), in accordance with COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, and must be legally entitled to work in Canada for the duration of the contract. Preference will be given to current University of Toronto Faculty of Information, Knowledge Media Design (Collaborative Specialization) and/or Geography students. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and perspectives.

Please note that the start and end dates are negotiable (to some extent), but that the work must be completed in its entirety before March 18, 2022. If you have any questions, concerns, or require assistance completing this application please contact Glenn Brauen at

How to apply:

Email Glenn Brauen at with brief cover letter and CV. Applications are open until the position is filled. Please note that only qualified, short-listed applicants will be selected for an interview.