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Virtual Work Study Position Creating Original Music for Podcasts

Dr. Sara M. Grimes, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information and Director of the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) is seeking a work study student to assist in the production of an academic podcast creation, creating original music tailored to the narration for each episode of the upcoming season of the Critical Technology podcast (6 episodes total), and theme music for 1-2 additional podcasts to be produced by the KMDI. 


  • Previous experience in composing, creating, remixing digital music in a variety of styles;
  • Familiarity with professional quality podcast music/sound;
  • Knowledge and skills using music technology and relevant digital media tools/platforms;
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team. Comfortable engaging in creative collaboration, and with taking notes/direction;
  • Excellent verbal communication skills;
  • Self-motivated; able to take initiative and be pro-active;
  • Committed; reliable and able to meet deadlines;
  • Able to work remotely.


  • Compose/create original digital music tailored to theme and subject matter for 6 episodes of a podcast that explores academic research on children and digital technology;
  • Collaborate with the Podcast Audio mixer/Sound engineer on the creation of variations of these compositions;
  • Work with the Director and podcast assistant to determine suitable tone/motifs for each episode, and different topics addressed in the episodes;
  • Create short original theme songs for 1-2 additional podcasts to be produced by the KMDI.

Qualified applicants must have the resources and availability to complete all the 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 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.

The successful applicant will be offered a contract of 200 hours, to be completed from Sep 7, 2021 – Mar 21, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with experience. $27 – $30/hour. Please note that the start and end dates are negotiable (to some extent), but that the work must be completed in conjunction with the podcast publication dates (Fall 2021).  

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

To apply, email a CV, cover letter, and a short sample of your music to CLN https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home.htm, Job# 182501 by Sep 15, 2021 however earlier qualified applicants will be given preference.  Questions may be directed to Professor Sara Grimes (KMDI Director) at sara.grimes@utoronto.ca.