Graduate Research Assistant, Transformto

University Toronto Ontario College of Art & Design

Graduate Research Assistant, TransformTO
Job Code1866
DepartmentResearch Labs & Projects
Employment TypeTemporary/Contract
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The objective of this first phase of the project is to conduct case study research and help prepare a report on best practices that can support the City of Toronto to meet its TransformTO goals to “reduce the worst impacts of climate change and meet our GHG reduction targets.” Specifically, we are investigating ‘green mobility,’ and how climate change goals at municipal levels might be reframed to create urban inclusion through green mobility. We also aim to inform post-pandemic recovery planning through a ‘Climate Lens’ to evaluate strategies that further TransformTO. The research report would be submitted to members of City Council. The research and final report will be used to help inform policy at the municipal level. This pilot study is part of a larger project led by Climate ACT to proactively inform the City of Toronto’s climate action strategy: TransformTO. The Climate ACT study seeks to better understand best practices and case studies that can support the City of Toronto to meet its 2050 goals and to steer current post-pandemic planning to respond to urban resilience. Each of the four universities in Toronto (OCAD U, Ryerson, York University, and University of Toronto) is represented on Climate ACT and is committed to independently funding one to two graduate students to research on each of the TransformTO goals.


  • Working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Dr. James Miller and co-investigators Maya Desai and Victoria Ho in support of the project’s research goals and objectives
  • Assisting with data collection, literature searches, data compilation, processing, entry and analysis
  • 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
  • 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


Hours of Work: 10 hours per week over the period of July 13, 2020 to September, 11 2020 (90 - 130 hours total)


Work Environment: Please note, this work is expected to be carried out in a remote environment.


Compensation: $31.05 (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 Dr. James Miller, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design, online by clicking the “Apply for this Position” button below.


The review of applications will begin on July 22, 2020 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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