Front End Developer & Analyst

University of Ottawa / Carleton University (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
Starting September 2021 (renewable up to 5 years)

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Join the Trans Mediascapes Project!

The Trans Mediascapes team is seeking an incoming PhD student to lead front end development and analysis 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.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Leading the process of drafting project requirements and specifications
  • Drafting requirements for: library and archives data and metadata standards; sharing data with archive and distributor databases; and open linked data
  • Creating metadata
  • Maintaining the database and website
  • Determining how to improve the site based on feedback from users and contributors and implementing these improvements
  • Conducting data analysis and data visualizations (e.g. maps, timelines, animations, network graphs) to answer project’s research questions

Previous experience required in the following areas:

  • Database design
  • Content management systems
  • Website stewardship, including producing documentation
  • Metadata
  • Analytic visualization

Preferred skills and background:

  • Work with trans communities
  • Experience with crowdsourced projects and community management
  • Galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) sector experience
  • Drupal
  • CSS
  • Library data standards
  • Scripting

Compensation and duration:

  • The position is guaranteed for two years and renewable for up to five years.
  • This position is for 200 hours of research assistance work per academic year (~$9,000/year). It will be compensated at the CUPE 2626 graduate Teaching Assistantship rates (currently $44.86/hr, with an annual inflation of 1%).
  • If the candidate is enrolled in a university program, the position includes a Transgender Media Lab Scholarship of $1,500/year.
  • Funding for student travel for research and conferences will also be provided.

Interested candidates should apply to a related PhD (or terminal degree) program of their choice at the University of Ottawa (Communication, Computer Science, Digital Transformation and Innovation, Feminist & Gender Studies, Information Studies [MIS degree]) or Carleton University. Currently-enrolled students in university programs may also be considered. 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 For questions about the specific graduate programs, 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.