Research Curation Specialist - Research Assistant 3

School of Environment and Sustainability
Reference number: 
17-080 - R0002
Closing date: 
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 17:00
Employment status: 
Full or part time: 
Competition status: 
Job description: 

Royal Roads University is seeking to hire a Research Assistant (RA3), Research Curation Specialist to work with Dr. Ann Dale, Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability.

Never have civil conversations, social learning and civic literacy about the meaning of community (Etzionni, 2000) been more important than in the ‘post-truth society’.  This concept emerged following the recent American election and the results of the Brexit referendum in Britain.  Both of these events can be characterized by polarized debate by leaders, deliberate misinformation and distortion of the ‘facts’ and lack of civic literacy on the part of the general publics.  In addition, there was a failure of the research community and other civil society leaders to contribute to changing the polarized debates among many sectors into dialogue.  As well, the recent American election heavily involved the use of social media and there are now serious discussions over the role of social media providers to ‘police’ the misinformation that occurs online.  This research, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) will explore how to improve more timely transfer of research outcomes and information more widely to the general public(s).  In particular, it will examine how traditional curatorial practice, established in museums, can be integrated into a research process (an online case study) to enhance research dissemination and civic literacy on a critical social issue, biodiversity conservation.

This one year, full-time position will be responsible for: 1) managing the SSHRC-funded research project; 2) developing, testing and recommending the use/reuse of various curatorial practices regarding research outputs; 3) using analytics and other tools, communicate research outcomes from multiple research projects, using diverse social media and website channels; and 4) knowledge mobilization.

Working with the PI, a co-applicant, and two collaborators, you will be responsible for managing the SSHRC funded project Research Curation: Making a Difference.  This includes assisting in the strategic discussions regarding tasks and outcomes, timelines for all aspects of the project, working with the Office of Research Services to manage the budget, and providing regular status reports to the PI regarding progress.

You will investigate a variety of curatorial practices including, for example, content curation and museum curation practices and determine how to best adapt and apply these practices to academic research communications.  This will involve researching online exhibitions and interpretive writing, interpretive planning, social media in museums, and audience research.  As a research outcome, you will assist in developing research curation strategies and create best practice guides based on the findings.  You will be trained in targeted differentiated audience strategies and how to write and communicate to diverse audiences using different social media channels.

You will explore effective online marketing and quantitative analytics data, as well as the use of cutting edge digital research gathering and dissemination tools, such as netlytic.  You will be responsible for generating and mining online content on biodiversity conservation for our research website and social media channels on a weekly basis.  Part of your work will involve network mapping of the key social actors and websites working on biodiversity conservation and building a network map as part of a strategy to increase the density and centrality of this actor network.  For similar mapping work, please refer to  You will regularly monitor, collect and analyze online analytics to measure successes and determine adjustments where necessary.  These tasks will inform the research and experimentation with content curation, blogging, social media and online content development.

You will also receive training in cutting edge online conversation software and learn the principles of expert moderation approaches.  You will plan these online events, which require convening large inter and trans-disciplinary stakeholders, running software, online marketing, and website updates. They will mobilize compelling ideas, questions and debates online from conversation transcripts.

For questions please contact Dr. Ann Dale on

  • Minimum of a masters’ degree in museum and/or curatorial studies
  • At least 5 years’ experience in areas relevant to the tasks of the position and the focus of the project
  • Strong interpersonal skills are need
  • Written literacy is critical, including on-line writing
  • Communications experience is required
  • Previous project management experience is required
  • A knowledge and understanding of social science research is required
  • Ability to work well under competing tasks and tight timelines is essential
  • Legally able to work in Canada
Application submission information: 

This is a temporary, full time, for up to 1 year starting in August 2017.  The University is pleased to offer a percentage of salary in lieu of vacation.

Please note that there is a possibility of a one year extension for this position pending confirmation of funding and satisfactory performance.

To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to: with a subject line of:

17-080-R0002 – Last name, First name

Or mail to:

Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, B.C.   V9B 5Y2
Fax:  (250) 391-2570 Tel:  (250) 391-2511

The competition will begin on July 11, 2017 and will close on July 26, 2017; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found. 

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted. RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe format.