CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Junior Research Scholar, Perspectives Asia
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and practitioners. To this end, it is offering one full-time, fixed-term six-month contract as a Junior Research Scholar for applicants interested in learning more about public opinion and data analysis relevant to Canada-Asia Relations.
Join the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s Perspectives Asia team (Surveys and Polling). The Perspectives Asia team is a central part of the Foundation’s research unit. It is tasked with researching and analyzing people’s viewpoints and opinions on various issues and topics of interest for Canada-Asia relations. As a part of the Perspectives Asia team, you will help explore and understand public opinions that form an important segment of the government’s decision making process and provide actionable policy advice that benefits Canada-Asia relations and helps Canada grow. As a data specialist, you will be responsible for working in conjunction with the Perspectives Asia team in developing applications and programs to mine publicly available data from social media sites and other web sites to generate intelligence around public opinion on various topics of interest from around the world. Using web scraping and data mining processes, you will support the team to analyze public opinion that is captured within the complex web of the Internet.
The Perspectives Asia team is a small group of experienced researchers who collaborate and support the various research projects that the Foundation undertakes, including the Foundation’s flagship National Opinion Poll. The team consists of individuals with expertise in various research methods (surveys, content analysis, textual analysis, interviews, focus groups, ethnography, cyberethnography), data analysis and data management skills, and finally, knowledge of Canada-Asia relations. An interest in working in a very fast-paced work environment that demands collaborative work to deliver timely reports and public-facing presentations will be highly desirable. Willingness to offer and receive feedback is a beneficial asset.
The application deadline is Sunday, January 31, 2021. Applications are considered on a rolling basis; early submission is encouraged.
The Junior Research Scholar will work under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, Perspectives Asia. The JRS will be expected to collaborate and support Perspectives Asia’s pillars work and will engage in the following activities:
Successful applicants will have the following qualifications
Applicants should be eligible to work in Canada. The successful applicant will ideally work out of Vancouver, BC, partly remotely and partly from APF Canada’s head office in downtown Vancouver during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm). Please note, on-site work expectations will vary due to COVID-19.
Amount of Grant
The amount of the grant will be $18,000 and will be payable in four installments.
The position will run from approximately February 15, 2021, to August 15, 2021, with the possibility of extension.
Applicants should submit the following in ONE single PDF file:
The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 31, 2021. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so please submit your application once it is prepared.
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