Sociology - Research Associate (Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab)

University of Toronto

Location: Ontario
Date posted: 2014-04-17

Job Title: Research Associate (Limited Term)
Project: Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab (TAGlab)
Principal Investigator: Professor Ron Baecker
Status: Full Time, Limited Term (10 Months)

The Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab (TAGlab) in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a Research Associate (Limited Term) to work in the area of new technologies and aging for a term of (10) ten months, to begin as soon as possible.

Candidates should have at least five (5) five years of research experience with seniors and Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) and demonstrated expertise in mixed methods research (survey design, descriptive and inferential statistical analysis, and qualitative research). Applicants must have a PhD in Sociology or a related discipline, preferably with a specialization in sociology of technology. Applicants should also have a demonstrated publications record in the field of aging and ICT, and be able to demonstrate familiarity and comfort with a wide variety of modern technologies.

We are seeking a motivated candidate to work in an advanced research environment, test and inform the development of innovative solutions for seniors, and publish in the top tier venues of relevant areas. Additionally, the candidate should be interested in applied research, active aging, software engineering, and human computer interaction.

The successful candidate will be a member of a research team that includes researchers from the University of Toronto and will conduct research in a range of projects that develop technological solutions and experiences to combat social isolation of seniors and to increase their engagement with knowledge discovery, reading, and writing. The candidate will be tasked to perform research on the social needs of seniors, usability testing, and to explore methodologies and technologies in an interdisciplinary perspective.

Applicants will need to submit:

  • a cover letter indicating the candidate's motivation and qualifications for this project, and
  • a detailed CV and a list of research publications, and
  • 3 names of references with contact information

Application must be submitted to For full consideration, applications must be received by (30 days after posting).

Funded through SSHRC, salary range is: $40,920 - $76,725

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


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