Call for Collaborator: AI in the Workplace Researcher

We are seeking a Collaborator / Research Assistant to join a special project on the impact of AI in the workplace, leading Canadian case studies with an international partner.
Kimberly Bowman
Senior Projects Manager
May 10, 2021
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The Opportunity

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship is undertaking a special project on the impact of AI in the workplace, leading Canadian case studies with an international partner.  We are seeking a Collaborator / Research Assistant to join our team in managing and conducting qualitative research with Canadian firms.  Data collection is expected to run from late May – September 2021, with the Collaborator / Research Assistant supporting, conducting and analysing interviews. We are seeking a Collaborator with strong French-language skills and experience operating successfully in a professional environment in Quebec or conducting organizational research in primarily French-language work environments in Canada.

About BII+E

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship is an independent, non-partisan, multidisciplinary team housed at Ryerson University. Our mission is to help Canada navigate the complex forces and astounding possibilities of the innovation economy. We envision a future that is prosperous, resilient and equitable, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Through creative partnerships and cutting edge research, we work to transform ideas into real-world solutions that make life in Canada better for all.  

Anticipated Activities & Focus 

The Collaborator will join a small project team that is collecting data and producing Canadian case studies on the impact of AI in Canadian workplaces, as part of an international collaboration.  Activities are expected to involve: 

  1. Supporting the team lead in managing correspondence and project documentation, using established and secure tools (example: Ryerson’s cloud-based email and file systems) and adhering to team processes. 
  2. Conducting semi-structured interviews with industry actors from Canadian businesses.  The team is expecting to conduct approximately 45 semi-structured interviews between June-Sept 2020. 
  3. Managing agreed-upon administrative or research coordination processes which could include: translation, file management and stakeholder contacts.

Skills & Experience

Research: 

  • Interviewing. Demonstrated ability to skillfully conduct semi-structured interviews using a guiding instrument (topic guide), in a professional or ‘expert’ setting.  Collaborators will be expected to adhere to established protocols on documentation and analysis, including using approved recording tools / services and documentation / analysis templates. Most, if not all, interviews are expected to be conducted virtually.
  • Analysis: Demonstrated ability to undertake systematic analysis of text-based data, including producing succinct summaries of  data in English from English or French-language sources.
  • Ethics Knowledge. Completion of the TCPS 2 CORE (Course on Research Ethics) is required or a willingness to complete and provide a completed certificate before project launch.

Research Coordination: 

  • Software / virtual working: Ability to operate in a virtual team setting using tools including Google Suite, MS Docs, Zoom and Slack.
  • Organization: Attentive to detail, able to manage large volumes of information.
  • Self-managing team member: Able to manage self and time independently while working with a collaborative team.

Language 

  • French-language fluency is required, including the ability to write professional emails and conduct workplace interviews in French (Canadian context).
  • English-language proficiency is required, including the ability to read and understand academic and business English. (The Collaborator / Research Assistant will not be required to write fluently in English beyond the project team.)

Subject Matter Knowledge (desired)

  • Knowledge of  methods or topics linked to this project (for example: labour research, organizational research) would be an asset. 
  • Understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) and its link to technological change in workplaces is an asset, but not a requirement.

Project Budget and Timeline

  • The Collaborator day rate for this project is $254/day ($31.75/hr)
  • The budget for this project covers a maximum of 42.5 days Collaborator days.
  • The project is anticipated to follow the following schedule: 
    • May – June:  Recruitment and preparation
    • June – September – Data collection (interviews)
    • Sept – November: Analysis and report-drafting

The Collaborator is responsible for keeping records and tracking time, checking in with the Project Lead to manage time allocations, and for submitting invoices for time on an agreed schedule.

Process / To Express Interest

Please send an email to Kimberly Bowman, Senior Projects Manager (Project Lead) at kimberlybowman@ryerson.ca with the subject line AI in the Workplace Researcher and include the following: 

  • A link to your website, LinkedIn profile or an attached resume/CV
  • Up to two pages (or 800 words) that explain your skills/experience against the criteria outlined above
  • Any notes on your availability against the project timeline. 

We will be accepting expressions of interest on a rolling basis until the closing date on May 23rd. Interviews are expected to take place May 26 and 27 and will be held virtually via Zoom.

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Kimberly Bowman
Senior Projects Manager
May 10, 2021
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