Contributor Experience Designer

University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)
Starting September 2021 (2 year program)
Application deadline: 15 January 2021 New deadline: 1 February 2021

Late applications may be accepted. Please email and to find out whether applications are still being accepted.

Join the Trans Mediascapes Project!

The Trans Mediascapes team is seeking an incoming MA student to lead user experience and UX design for the Transgender Media Portal.

Trans Mediascapes investigates the aesthetic, political, and cultural work of trans-made films in Canada and the US from the 1990s to today. To do this, we are building the Transgender Media Portal, a collaborative online database and website that combines features of IMDb and Wikipedia. The portal will: a) enable new ways of analyzing trans film production, distribution, and reception; b) engage trans arts communities and the public to collaboratively generate new knowledge about trans films; c) share information about trans-made films with educators, students, festival programmers, artists, activists, and the public; and d) model best practices in terms of academic/community digital partnerships and transgender digital security and privacy.

We are seeking an incoming MA student to lead the user experience and interface redesign for the portal and to manage volunteer contributor outreach and training.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Front end design (we have support for implementation)
  • Researching user and contributor experience, infrastructure, training, and policies at other digital crowdsourcing projects
  • Surveying potential contributors on what would make them motivated to contribute
  • Drafting contributor requirements and policies
  • Collaborating on designing usability tests and policy consultations
  • Managing the onboarding of online volunteer contributors

Previous experience required in the following areas:

  • User experience (UX)
  • Interface design (UI)
  • Project management
  • Metadata design

Preferred skills and background:

  • Work with trans communities
  • Experience with crowdsourced projects and community management
  • Galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) sector experience
  • Content management systems, especially Drupal
  • Adobe Creative Suite experience
  • CSS
  • Data visualization
  • Workshop leadership

Compensation and duration:

  • The position will provide funding for the duration of a two-year Masters program (assuming the student maintains good standing in the program).
  • This position is for up to 200 hours of Research Assistance work per academic year (up to ~$9,000/year). It will be compensated at the CUPE 2626 graduate Teaching Assistantship rates (currently $44.86/hr, plus annual inflation of 1%).
  • The position also includes a Transgender Media Lab Scholarship of $1500 per year.
  • Funding for student travel for research and conferences will also be provided.

Interested candidates should apply to a related Masters program of their choice at the University of Ottawa (Communication, Computer Science, Digital Transformation and Innovation, Feminist & Gender Studies, Information Studies, etc.). Candidates may apply for more than one program but will have to pick one if admitted to more than one. We encourage candidates to apply for additional awards and financial support.

The Transgender Media Lab is committed to principles of equality and social justice. We especially encourage trans, queer, Black, and Indigenous candidates and candidates of colour to apply. Fellows will be expected to agree to a statement of values and abide by a code of conduct to ensure a safe, supportive working environment for all lab members and guests.

To apply:

  • Email the project director, Laura Horak (, to indicate your interest in the position.
  • Follow the online instructions to apply for the program(s) of your choice. In the “Statement of Intent” in your application:
    • Indicate your interest in this position and include the following sentence: “I give permission for the graduate admissions committee to share my application materials and letters of reference with Dr. Laura Horak and Dr. Constance Crompton”;
    • Describe all relevant skills and experience you have;
    • Trans, queer, Black, and Indigenous candidates and candidates of colour are invited to self-identify.

Do you have questions? Feel free to reach out to project director Laura Horak at or uOttawa supervisor Constance Crompton at For questions about the specific graduate programs, please contact the graduate supervisor for that program.

The Trans Mediascapes project is based at the Transgender Media Lab at Carleton University and Humanities Data Lab at the University of Ottawa and funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.