Position Description

Graduate Research Assistant: Expanding the IoT for Responsible Applications in Smart Environment
Job Code 1850
Department Research Office
Employment Type Temporary/Contract
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This project involves the development of a framework for understanding the importance of Human Factors for the internet of things (IoT). It considers the impact of hyperconnected environments on communities, and the importance of human-centered design and foresight when IoT systems are deployed and expanded. Concepts such as culture, interaction design, foresight and futures thinking, accessibility and inclusivity, mental health, and trustworthy technological infrastructures will be investigated, allowing the RA to work on expanding these notions for IoT system designs. This will be in tandem with other research aspects of the lab, and will be both technologically oriented (there are many important technologies that will be investigated, such as blockchains, smart cameras, and autonomous systems) as well as socially informed system design and implementation (including concepts such as privacy, rights, information ownership, and participation). The role of the RA will be to design and develop system processes, protocols, and testcases, alongside others in the lab.


  • Working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Alexis Morris, in support of the project’s research goals and objectives
  • Assisting with data collection, literature searches, data compilation, processing, entry and analysis
  • Assisting with experimental systems design, fabrication and maintenance
  • Assisting with supervision of research activities in the lab and within the field
  • Assisting with the preparation of proposals, progress and final reports
  • Assisting with the promotion of research activities
  • Assisting with project coordination, budget management and administration of research activities
  • Working with Technicians and other research personnel, where relevant, by ensuring the appropriate and safe use of materials, equipment and/or facilities
  • Participating in the provision of safe and secure environment for all members of the University community and its facilities



  • Completion of a relevant graduate degree or current enrollment in a relevant graduate program and/or equivalent training and professional experience
  • Where relevant, sound knowledge of, and commitment to, healthy and safe work practices
  • Where relevant, strong organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communications and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity and experience promoting a respectful work and learning environment for students, staff and faculty


Hours of Work: 10 hours per week over the period of July, 1 2020 to August, 31 2020. Possibility to renew in Fall term.

Work Environment: 230 Richmond St W, Toronto, Ontario - Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab.
Please note, this work is expected to be carried out in a remote environment.

Compensation:  $30.59 (Graduate Rate) per hour, subject to qualifications, plus 6% in lieu of benefits plus vacation pay, as applicable, per the provisions of the Employment Standards Act.


Please note the following:

  • The period of employment may be extended, conditional upon continued funding of the Project by OCAD U’s external funding partner(s), and upon satisfactory execution of duties.
  • Full-time graduate students may not accept research assistantships or other university-related employment in excess of 10 hours per week (or 130 hours per semester), as mandated by the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies (OCGS).

Application Process:  

Applications should include: a one-page covering letter explaining the candidate’s interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three (3) referees

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence addressed to Alexis Morris, Ph.D., Digital Futures/LASSIS, online by clicking the “Apply Now” button below.


The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.


As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons,  persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire.

OCAD U is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.

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