Student Project Assistant for Cosmopolitanism project


Application Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled.  

Position: Project Assistant


Cosmopolitanism and the Local: Creating an East/West Partnership
SSHRC Partnership Development Grant
University of King’s College
6350 Coburg Rd. Halifax, NS Canada

Working under the supervision of Gordon McOuat, Interim Director of the History of Science and Technology Programme and Project Director of the “Cosmopolitanism and the Local” project (see description below), as well as the Situating Science Project Manager, Emily Tector, the Project Assistant provides research and administrative support with respect to the organization and coordination of the activities of the Cosmopolitanism project. This position is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada-funded Partnership Development Grant and abides by grant funding policy. 

Start Date:

As soon as possible.

Rate of Pay:

Student researcher rate of pay to be in accordance with University of King’s College and Dalhousie University student rates of pay.

Terms of Employment:

Immediately, to March 2015 with possibility of employment renewal. Hours are casual and flexible to accommodate student schedules and demands. Hours will depend on tasks and timelines.


Responsibilities include:

  • Researching project related themes and initiatives
  • Updating and managing project website (Wordpress) and social media
  • Collecting information for and writing sections of final reports, grant proposals and other documents
  • Organizing and managing files, including a research database
  • Facilitating event planning, event promotion, and follow-up.
  • Assisting visiting scholars with research and/or administrative needs
  • Corresponding with stakeholders, partners and contacts in a timely and professional manner


  • Appropriate combination of education and experience. Outstanding upper year undergraduate or graduate students preferred.
  • Excellent leadership, organization, communication and time-management skills
  • Computer and internet literate, with a solid working knowledge of the following Microsoft Office products: Excel, Word and PowerPoint. 
  • Ability to work flexible hours, sometimes weekends and evenings as events and deadlines dictate.
  • Strong written and interpersonal skills as well as attention-to-detail
  • Skilled in organizing, co-organizing or co-ordinating aspects of events (eg. workshops, conferences, public lectures)
  • Very self-motivated


  • Experience with Wordpress and social media management
  • Education or experience in the field of humanities and social studies of science and technology related to India, S. E. Asia and/or translation and circulation of knowledge.

About Cosmopolitanism and the Local: Creating an East/West Partnership:
Launched in spring 2014 and generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant, “Cosmopolitanism and the Local in Science and Nature” is a three year project that aims to establish a research network on “Cosmopolitanism” in science between scholars and institutions in Canada, India and S.E. Asia. It closely examines the actual types of negotiations that go into the making of science and its culture within an increasingly globalized landscape. This Partnership is both about “cosmopolitanism and the local” and is, at the same time, cosmopolitan and local.

If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter demonstrating specific ways you match the criteria to:

Emily Tector, Project Manager
Situating Science
University of King’s College
902 422-1270x200

The University of King's College is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, and women.