The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, 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.

The Citizen Lab currently has a full-time opening for a technical researcher to be based at the University of Toronto. The incumbent will provide technical and analytical support for research projects on Internet censorship, surveillance, cyber security and attacks (e.g. denial-of-service attacks, malware, etc), and related topics. Key responsibilities include: providing technical and analytical support for range of research projects; contributing to ongoing collaborative and independent research with the goal of publication; maintaining an existing code base and developing new features for software tools used for monitoring Internet censorship; maintaining reporting, project management platforms, and documentation for software development projects; participating in technical workshops and engagements with partners and collaborators; undertaking special research projects as assigned by the Citizen Lab Director.


*University degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

*Minimum 5 years of related experience

*Advanced programming skills across a number of languages

*Required: Java, as well as Python or another scripting language

*Required: Experience with a full web application development stack

*Experience with J2EE and/or Django

*Advanced knowledge of TCP/IP and networking

*Strong debugging, bug-tracking, code review, documentation experience

*Excellent project management skills

*Superior problem solving and analytical ability

*Excellent written and oral communication skills

*Demonstrated ability to provide mentorship and communicate complex research methods and technical issues to individuals from range of research and technical backgrounds

*Interest in freedom of expression, Internet censorship, computer security, and related areas.


*Previous experience in industry or academic research environment on related topics

*Knowledge of Internet censorship, surveillance, computer security, and related areas

*Practical experience with data analysis and visualization applications


Salary to be negotiated on prior experience


Please submit a CV and one-page cover letter to info [at] with the subject “CL Technical Researcher Application”