Position Summary

The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada focusing on advanced research and development at the intersection of digital media, global security, and human rights. Our mission is to undertake advanced research and engage in development that monitors, analyses, and impacts the exercise of political power in cyberspace. We undertake this mission through collaborative partnerships with leading edge research centers, organizations, and individuals around the world, and through a pioneering “fusion” methodology that combines technical reconnaissance, field investigations, and data mining, analysis, and visualization. The Citizen Lab’s ongoing research network includes the Information Warfare Monitor, and the OpenNet Initiative.

Under the supervision of the Director of the Citizen Lab the Senior Researcher will coordinate research projects and undertake scholarly work on the socio-political dimensions of information controls. This research area will include but not be limited to the following topics: Internet censorship, mobile technologies, and monitoring the use and control of information communication technologies during elections and other major political events.

This opening is for a full-time position based out of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Primary Responsibilities

-Coordinate major research projects and multidisciplinary teams
-Contribute to ongoing collaborative and independent research with the goal of publication
-Ensure projects and deliverables are executed in organized and timely manner
-Bring fresh perspectives, diligence, and creativity to the Citizen Lab


Minimum M.A. degree (Phd preferred) in Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, or related discipline.

Experience and Skill Requirements

– Minimum 5 years related experience.
– Advanced proficiency in social science research methods (qualitative / quantitative)
– Excellent written and oral communication skills
– Demonstrated research excellence with strong record of publications in related research areas
– Demonstrated ability to lead research teams in challenging environments under tight deadlines

Additional Assets

– Research interests and experience in socio-political impacts of information communications technology
– Field research experience in countries in the Middle East / North Africa, Asia, or Common Wealth of Independent States
– Language skills in Mandarin, Russian, or Farsi
– Experience in election monitoring projects

Required Application Package

Qualified candidates should send an application package that includes the items below to info [at] citizenlab.org with the subject line “Citizen Lab Senior Researcher

1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Concise personal statement outlining past and current research interests and experience
3. Writing sample
4. Two letters of reference