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Indigenous Engagement Coordinator (postdoc)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow focused on Indigenous outreach and engagement, qualitative research on rights-holders views on archaeology, and UX research for archaeology software. 

Dr. Cora Woolsey and Dr. Scott Bateman, Human-Computer Interactions Lab of the Faculty of Computer Science, are inviting applications for one or more MITACS-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellows to work with the development team of the archaeological software STRATUM. 

UNB is dedicated to cultivating new ideas, creative thinking, and entrepreneurial spirit in the ever-changing world of technology.

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Project Description

The successful candidate will contribute to the research and development agenda of the STRATUM developer team to create an innovative field mapping and data collection tool for archeologists.

We are seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to work on implementation of STRATUM, an archaeological software, with Dr. Cora Woolsey, Dr. Scott Bateman, and the STRATUM research and development team at the University of New Brunswick. The successful candidate will contribute to the research agenda of the STRATUM team, with a particular focus on the challenges of building stakeholder relations with technology users, analytical coding and analysis of qualitative study results, qualitative study design, and indigenous outreach. Duties will include developing a research design for a survey of user needs among Indigenous people in Canada, applying to the UNB REB, carrying out the interviews and distributing the surveys, and analyzing the results for publication and reporting.

UNB is dedicated to cultivating new ideas, creative thinking, and entrepreneurial spirit in the ever-changing world of technology.

Requirements

A PhD is required, with expertise in Anthropology, Sociology, or related disciplines preferred. The successful candidate will have experience and knowledge in the fields of the anthropology of technology, Indigenous engagement and consultation, interest in creative cultures, and UX/HCI research skills. Living in or working closely with Indigenous or descendent communities is considered a plus. The candidate must be comfortable with conducting interviews, developing research goals and solutions for implementing them, working within a team setting, and reaching out to Indigenous and government individuals and organizations. Much of the work will be remote and accommodations can be made for work/life context.

The applicant will conduct digital ethnographic research in Canada (on-line), where they will investigate the modes in which the software can incorporate Indigenous needs. The successful candidate will lead research for this agenda by establishing relationships with key community members, identifying potential for partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations, and conducting a study of technological needs in archaeology and attitudes about archaeology more generally. A major component of this work will be analyzing existing interview data and conducting new interviews with Indigenous rights-holders in various contexts. 

We are looking for an outstanding candidate with a critical and distinct understanding of and approach to technologies and their implementation, especially in regard to Indigenous relations. We envisage the successful candidate to have a background in disciplines including, but not limited to, social anthropology, human geography, or Indigenous studies, with a particular focus on STS or related areas. We are also looking for a candidate with prior ethnographic and qualitative field research as a whole, since the STRATUM project will use a range of mixed methods, including digital ethnography, UX research, offline observation, and semi-structured interviews with users and key stakeholders of the selected case study. Teaching obligations and administrative responsibilities will be limited. 

The candidate will work closely with academic colleagues from various disciplines and with multiple stakeholders from industry, government, and the Indigenous community. 

Qualifications:

Completed Ph.D. in a relevant field (anthropology or similar) within the last five years. NOTE: We will also consider graduate students for the position if we are unable to find a suitable postdoctoral candidate. 

 

The candidate will work closely with academic colleagues from various disciplines and with multiple stakeholders from industry, government, and the Indigenous community. 

 

How to Apply

Salary Range/ Pay Rate:

$49,680 - $60,000 CAD per year (including benefits)

Start Date and Duration of Appointment:

Early 2022; the position will continue for four months with the possibility of renewal. 

Application:

Please contact Dr. Cora Woolsey with a PDF that includes: 1) cover letter (2 pages max); 2) current CV; 3) two reference letters that speak to your academic performance and research abilities.  A PhD must have been awarded at the position start date. 

The University of New Brunswick is committed to employment equity, fostering diversity within our community, and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including women, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.