Job Opportunity with Cited: University of Toronto Graduate Students

April 23, 2019

We are looking for a University of Toronto graduate student to join Cited. Ideally, the student would work with us beginning early May, for approximately 290 hours, throughout summer 2019. However, we have some flexibility on start and end dates.

This role would focus especially on a series of episodes we are planning that will look at the corporatization of pharmaceutical research. Over four episodes, the team will investigate emerging trends and issues in pharmaceutical research, marketing, and policy, including: the effect of corporate funding on research integrity, the ethics of new pharmaceutical industry research and marketing practices (including ghostwriting, ghost management, and payments to health professionals), and the impact of industry influence within Canada’s regulatory agencies overseeing health and medicine. Our series will look to identify emerging ethical concerns, as well as explore potential policy solutions.

Currently, we have funding for at least one student immediately. In two months, we will have the possibility of a second student. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and CV to Gordon, by May 15, 2019.

KEY DUTIES

  • Conduct background scholarly research, in the form of informal literature reviews, to help generate ideas for podcasts and ultimately shape audio documentaries that reach mass national and international audiences.
  • Conduct background journalistic research, including: identifying possible interviewees (academic and non-academic), sourcing multimedia content (including library, newspaper, and television archives), conducting public records requests (court transcripts, FOIA, etc.), and other possible tasks.
  • Synthesize/compile this background scholarly and journalistic research into accessible online blog posts for popular consumption.
  • Provide logistical support, including scheduling interviews.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

  • You will receive direct research supervision and mentorship from two leading scholars in the field, Joel Lexchin (U of T), and Sergio Sismundo (Queens).
  • You will also work closely with Cited Podcast staff, including Sam Fenn and Gordon Katic, two award-winning radio producers, as well as their larger team.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A current U of T graduate student (any level, year, status, or department).
  • Will consider applicants from any department, but competency and/or interest in related areas (health care policy, public health, public policy, philosophy of medicine, and/or science and technology studies) strongly preferred.
  • Strong scholarly and research background, with an ability to conduct multidisciplinary research.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to communicate clearly and professionally with diverse people inside and outside academia, including: leading scholars, practioners, patients, and more.
  • Ability to work relatively independently, but still have the ability/initiative to proactively seek the advice of others on the team.
  • Interest or competency in journalism/broadcast an asset, but not required.
  • Interest and familiarity with current affairs, especially contemporary Canadian health care policy debates, a strong asset.

SKILLS ACQUIRED/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Students will receive a unique opportunity to participate in a leading journalistic knowledge mobilization project, with millions of listeners, and major journalistic partners (CBC Radio, and others). This opportunity will increase their public profile and position them for future opportunities in public scholarship and knowledge mobilization.
  • New skills in journalistic research and investigation, including interviewing, sourcing public records, and more.
  • Strengthened interdisciplinary research practices.
  • Invaluable networking opportunities with scholars in the related fields (health care policy, public health, public policy, medicine, philosophy of medicine, and/or science and technology studies)

COMPENSATION

  • $25/hr, for 290 hours.

FURTHER DETAILS:

  • The appointment will be made at the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine.
  • The work will take place mostly at the University of Toronto Centre for Ethics, as well as remotely.

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