Employment opportunities

Lab Assistant Co-op Position

Part-time (18 hours per week; over two semesters to count as one co-op work term)


Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

Burnaby Campus

The Digital Democracies Group is a research group led by Wendy Chun in SFU's School of Communication that conducts research on topics such as misinformation, interventions in online chatrooms, and the effects of social media networks on community. As the Lab Assistant, you would have the opportunity to participate in a network of communications scholars and gain first-hand experience with cutting edge research. Additionally, you will construct your social media and graphic design portfolio through maintaining the lab's online presence, both through its website and social media accounts, as well as plan and execute the group's annual engagement event that showcases the group's research.

As an undergraduate student, this position allows you to further your academic career and can build experience for those considering graduate studies. You will work alongside graduate and PhD students, with opportunities to travel with them and work alongside their international colleagues, some of the world's leading communications and new media scholars. You will gain a global perspective and a deeper understanding of communications studies and research.

Main duties
  • Meetings: arranging meetings via SFU Mail and other calendar systems; minutes and notes
  • Compiling files and references for articles, research projects, and literature reviews, creating reference lists (using Zotero or other reference applications); copyediting on documents and articles, addressing notes from editors; ensuring that citations are correct.
  • Assisting in planning events and projects, such as conferences, research projects etc.
  • Assisting in hiring graduate and post-graduate students for the lab, such as arranging interviews, contact potential candidatesanswering questions as they come up.
  • Designing the Digital Democracies website, adding content as needed as the lab evolves.
  • Maintaining the lab's social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube; ensuring the content aligns with the Group's site; preparing publications and other content for the website.
  • Ordering supplies.
  • Finding out answers to general questions as needed by reaching out to SFU staff members outside of the Group. Communicate with different departments at SFU and beyond as needed.
  • Coordinating volunteers for events.
  • Managing the collaboratory research space for undergraduate and graduate students to work on their own research projects.
The ideal candidate will:
  • Be organised and a self starter who can work independently;
  • Be able to prioritise and juggle various tasks at once;
  • Have good time management;
  • Be enthusiastic about their work;
  • Have strong interpersonal skills;
  • Be passionate about the research subjects of the lab;
  • Having a background in research/research methods is an asset.


Applications must be made through the Communication Co-op Program <http://www.sfu.ca/communication/programs/coop.html>

For any questions regarding the position, please contact Julia Scott Lenz at julia_scott_lenz@sfu.ca.