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Student Technical Assistant - Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) - Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Monday, April 7, 2014
Date of Posting: 
March 31, 2014
Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) - Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Student Technical Assistant
Hours of Work: 

 Up to 10 hours per week

$11.51 per hour (vacation pay included)

As soon as possible – May 31, 2014

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is the coordinating institution for a Major Collaborative Research Initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The 7-year project, titled Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS), is unfolding through the cooperation of some 70 researchers and various other stakeholders from over a dozen countries, and under the direction of Professor Annabel Cohen, Department of Psychology, UPEI. Its overall objective is to facilitate and coordinate a variety of initiatives exploring the relationship between singing and three research themes: development, education and well-being. The AIRS Project web-site is at: http://www.airsplace.ca 

The position of Student Technical Assistant is required to support the communications and information management needs of the project. This is an opportunity to be part of a large international research network based at UPEI.

An individual  is required who is skilled in information technology, who has good interpersonal and communication capabilities and can appreciate the technology needs of a network of researchers and address those needs through optimal co-ordination of  a host of technical resources at hand. 


• Assist with the maintenance of the AIRS Web site (Virtual Research Environment), and social network sites (e.g., Twitter)
• Assist with Maintenance of the Digital Library site,
• Development of online questionnaires and associated data collection and spreadsheet applications
• Development of an application -   (music/singing game).
• The successful candidate will be highly motivated, adaptable, punctual, and a team player who can meet deadlines and who possesses excellent oral and written communication skills.


• Current university course work in computer science and music technology would be an asset.
• Applicants must have demonstrated competency in use of computer applications, including but not limited to: Word-processing and spreadsheet applications, merging data between applications, and familiarity and comfort with relational databases.
• Interested candidates should have facility and knowledge of a proven ability to learn: Drupal CMF version 6.x and associated commonly-used contributed modules; Adobe Connect video conferencing software; Windows XP, Vista, 7; Mac OS 10.4.x and up; general familiarity with GNU/Linux and Unix; general hardware/software troubleshooting skills; audio-video technology; Adobe Creative Suite products; Web-oriented programming languages, including PHP, XML, HTML, CSS, JavaScript; and the ability to configure and support all components of the Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP) stack.
• Additional assets include an interest and experience in music.

Priority to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list, to be received no later than the closing date, via the link below.

You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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