POSITION: Doctoral Student Research Assistant
PROJECT: Combatting Sex Trafficking in Northeastern Ontario: Mapping
Exploitation and Building Community Resilienc
START DATE: Immediately
WAGES: $28/h * 10h/week ($15,943/year)
* 12 months (with a possibility of two more 12-month renewals)
The Steering Committee of the Combatting Sex Trafficking in Northeastern Ontario: Mapping
Exploitation and Building Community Resilience research project – generously funded by the
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – invites applications for
a Doctoral Student Research Assistant (RA) beginning as soon as possible. This project aims to
mobilize knowledge in order to enhance institutional and community capacities to better
respond to the needs of trafficked people in Northeastern Ontario, and to recommend social
policy measures for the prevention of sex trafficking.
The successful applicant is expected to do textual, interview-based, and participatory action
research on the geographic and causal patterns of sex trafficking, as well as on communitybased
processes of coping and resilience. Working as part of a team and independently, s/he
has strong interpersonal skills, is motivated, and self-directed. The doctoral researcher will
work alongside an undergraduate research assistant. In addition to being directly accountable
to the project Steering Committee and the Research Assistant Supervisor, s/he will carry this
sense of accountability into relationships with project participants and project partners. The
Steering Committee is based in and around Nipissing First Nation territory, but the RA could
be based elsewhere in the province. S/he will receive additional financial support for research
and conference travel.
Eligibility is limited to applicants who are currently working on a Ph.D. in a relevant field.
Applicants must have an appropriate background in: feminist critical analysis; Indigenous
methodologies; participatory action research; and social, political, and economic inequality.
Applicants doing doctoral research in the field of sex trafficking, who are familiar with
Northeastern Ontario, and have a demonstrated capacity to work with Indigenous people
respectfully and responsibly, will be particularly competitive. Candidates from Canada’s
employment equity groups (i.e. Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, persons
with disabilities, and women), are encouraged to apply.
Core responsibilities of the doctoral researcher include:
• Participate in a research ethics training workshop that focuses on research with, by and
for Indigenous peoples
• Complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 CORE tutorial on research ethics
• Review sex trafficking literature
• Analyze a baseline survey (which has already completed)
• Maintain the project research database (i.e. a Zotero closed group library)
• Do open-ended telephone interviews with representatives of umbrella organizations in
Toronto and Ottawa
• Transcribe interview data
• Analyze interview data using NVivo software (training will be provided if necessary)
• Recruit participants for workshops in Northeastern Ontario centres
• Assist in the organization and delivery of workshops with local service providers in urban
and rural communities in northeastern Ontario (some travel required)
• Assist with writing research papers and grants
• Assist with the creation of marketing materials (e.g. communicating research
findings/reports with the website designer)
• Other tasks related to the project as identified by the steering committee
Applications should include the following:
• Cover letter (1-2 pages)
• CV (2 pages max)
• 3 References (including names, relationship to you, and contact information)
Applications should be submitted:
• By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Subject line: Doctoral RA Application
• As attachments in PDF format
• Applications will be received on an ongoing basis until the position is successfully filled.
The Steering Committee thanks all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
This position is generously supported by SSHRC.