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Date Posted: 09/13/2021
Req ID: 16345
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Institute of Iranian Studies
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)




The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies at the University of Toronto invites applications for a Limited-Term Research Associate in Iranian Studies for a three-year appointment. The anticipated start date is October 1, 2021.


The Research Associate will be expected to independently carry out editorial management responsibilities for the two compendia on Iranian Cinema and Women Poets. Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the successful candidate will be responsible for securing contributions by the invited authors and managing the entire production process from peer-reviewing, fact-checking, copyediting, layout and design and proofreading to the online publication of the articles. In addition to securing author and other copyright agreements, the Research Associate will be responsible for scheduling editorial and executive board meetings, preparing the meeting agendas, and keeping the minutes. The Research Associate will also actively participate in training, mentoring, and reviewing the works of the editorial staff, the interns, and the work-study students. Other responsibilities include: liaising with the web designer to develop a state-of-the-art online platform for the compendia; assisting with the planning and organization of lecture series and conferences; writing grant proposals and composing social media content and planning and advancing the digital humanities projects related to the compendia on Iranian Cinema and Women Poets.


Iranian Cinema is an integrative online compendium of all aspects of film and motion-picture production in Iran. It provides historical articles on Iranian cinema, genres, film movements, filmographies, scenarists, directors, composers, stars, lyrists, cinematographers, set designers, sound specialists, editors, choreographers, film studios, movie theaters, film posters, film critics, and audiences, among other topics.


Iranian Women Poets is a digital compendium of classical, postclassical, modern, and contemporary women poets. Informed by several decades of transdisciplinary recuperative research in Persian literary studies, Iranian Women Poets provides literary-historical articles on women poets and their poetic agency, imagination, tropes, narratives, and lives and the provenance and literary significance of their poetry.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Iranian Studies and its cognate disciplines, possess an excellent command of English and Persian, and have demonstrated experience with content management systems. In addition to exceptional writing, copyediting, and proofreading skills in English, the candidate must have expert knowledge of printed sources and online databases in Iranian Studies and be skilled at performing complex online fact-checking and bibliographic searches in Persian. Also vital is the mastery of the Chicago Manual of Style and transliteration systems for Persian, Arabic, and Urdu (LC, IJMES, EI, EIr, and Iranian Studies).


The candidate must be a highly reliable, motivated, enthusiastic, innovative, and collaborative researcher, writer, and copyeditor, and have superior interpersonal, organizational, and managerial skills. Also essential are advanced digital literacy and proven problem-solving and multi-tasking skills, as well as the ability to work with concurrent deadlines.


Education – Ph.D. in Iranian Studies
Experience – Three years of demonstrated experience in copyediting and advanced research in Iranian Studies
Skills – Highly developed English-language copy-editing skills and advanced bibliographical research skills in Persian
Other – Advance skills with Microsoft Office365 (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams)


Applicants should apply online at the link below and include a covering letter, curriculum vitae and three reference names with their contact addresses and phone numbers.


Closing Date: 09/20/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Research Associate
Appointment Type: Grant – Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: R01 — Research Associates (Limited Term): $46,819 – $87,785
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching

Note: This is a three-year, grant-funded position, with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2021.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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