Research Associate (Limited-Term)

Date Posted: 12/12/2022
Req ID: 28939
Faculty/Division: UofT Scarborough
Department: UTSC:Dept-Historical & Cultural Studies
Campus: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)




Your Opportunity:

Professor Michael Gervers, in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, invites applicants for the position of Research Associate (Limited Term) in Ethiopian History and Art History for “Textiles in Ethiopian Manuscripts” Project. This position is funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


This opportunity of a Research Associate (Limited Term) is a 2-year term appointment with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023.


Qualifications (Minimum Qualifications):

The selected scholar will have a PhD in Medieval or Early Modern History/Art History or comparable discipline with extensive experience of at least five (5) or more years in Digital Humanities and on-line bibliographic search engines. Applicants need to have extensive knowledge of Ge’ez (Old Ethiopic) and to have taught the language for a minimum of five (5) years at the University level. Latin, and other modern languages (German or Italian) are also expected. Additional skills required include project management, leadership and interpersonal skills to assist in the guidance and implementation of the research project that is comprised of a multi-disciplinary and international team of scholars.


Job Duties:

The Research Associate (Limited Term) will ensure the integrity of the project by mastering existing research protocols and administering them accurately. A strong background in project management is required to link multidisciplinary work (history, art history, textiles, digital humanities), and maintain contact with collaborators in Canada and abroad; implement and manage the knowledge mobilization program; work with the Digital Scholarship Unit at U of T to enhance the digital platform on which this project resides and ensure that all processes follow most recent ethical and technical protocols; write articles arising from project research for publication; participate and present in conferences and workshops; and manage the SSHRC IG research budget.


The normal hours of work per week for a full-time Research Associate (Limited Term) is 36.25 hours per week.



Limited. The Research Associate will be expected to present research at academic conferences.



This is a 2-year term appointment, with the possibility of extension, depending on approval of supervisor, based on performance and funding.


All individuals interested in this position must arrange for the following items to be submitted:


  1. Cover letter, arguing for one’s suitability for the project, in particular, by demonstrating excellence in research

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Best two (2) papers (in PDF format); applicants should provide descriptions of their role in any joint work, along with contact details for co-authors

  4. Contact information (name, institution, and email or equivalent) for at least two (2) references, but no more than three (3), (i.e., not an advisor, co-author, or member of the same institution)


Questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor Michael Gervers at


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Employee Group: Research Associate
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: R01 -- Research Associates (Limited Term): $47,287 - $88,663
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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