Social Scientist: Low Carbon Smart Mobility


Technology Commercialization – Full Time

Position Overview

The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is currently seeking to hire a Social Scientist: Low Carbon Smart Mobility to work with our dynamic commercialization team in zero-emissions transit technologies.

Location

Anywhere in Canada.

CUTRIC’s team has always been highly digital in nature.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, CUTRIC has made the decision to work remotely and support work-from-home arrangements with all employees until December 2022.

The only exception to this rule may be bi-annual CUTRIC staff professional development “retreats”, which may require travel to Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver when it is safe to do so.

The Social Scientist: Low Carbon Smart Mobility may be located anywhere in Canada if the candidate has continual or reasonably frequent access to high fidelity internet as 100 per cent of CUTRIC’s daily business activities are carried out digitally – including video-based digital meetings, which require high fidelity Wi-Fi.

About CUTRIC’s Culture

CUTRIC is a highly dynamic and fast-paced innovation consortium focusing on technology championship. Despite being a not-for-profit, the team culture operates along the lines of a fast-paced (frequently high-pressure) start-up technology company.

CUTRIC team members are interdisciplinary, widely knowledgeable, science- and technology-driven, and passionate about the environment and mobility innovation.

CUTRIC welcomes and supports diversity in the workplace because we believe it makes us stronger and smarter. Candidates with diverse experiences and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Role Summary

The Social Scientist: Low Carbon Smart Mobility will grow to be an integral team member of CUTRIC’s commercialization and research team.

The Social Scientist: Low Carbon Smart Mobility will need to become familiar with all CUTRIC’s membership, commercial and research projects in the low-carbon smart mobility sector in North America, and its membership base.

The Social Scientist: Low Carbon Smart Mobility will liaise with CUTRIC team members across Canada, in English, to undertake project activities as required.

The Social Scientist: Low Carbon Smart Mobility will be expected to communicate openly, regularly, professionally, and transparently with colleagues and external stakeholders on a regular basis to develop positive member and stakeholder relations over the long-term.

Diversity

CUTRIC actively pursues diversity within its employment framework. Women, people who identify as women, transgendered people, and people who identify as a non-binary gender are strongly encouraged to apply.

Role & Responsibilities

The Social Scientist: Low Carbon Smart Mobility will be expected to carry out the following tasks in a highly independent, accountable, professional, and responsible manner:

Membership Surveying, Focus Groups, and Interviews

  • Design and deploy surveys, focus groups and interviews associated with CUTRIC’s national membership key performance indicators (KPIs), national (digital and in-person) conference and thought leadership events, and other CUTRIC member-related business on a regular basis.
  • Collect data, analyse data, and develop standardized methodologies for 1(a) to optimize CUTRIC’s membership success efforts over time.
  • Prepare presentations and reports summarizing the findings obtained in 1(a) and 1(b) for CUTRIC’s executive managers, staff, members, board of directors, project partners, government stakeholders and other relevant stakeholders.

Zero Emissions Bus (ZEB) and Low-Carbon Mobility Stakeholder Surveying, Focus Groups, and Interviews

  • Design and deploy surveys, focus groups and interviews associated with CUTRIC’s research and commercialization projects allied to zero-emissions buses and low-carbon smart mobility.
  • Collect data, analyse data, and develop standardized methodologies for 2(a) to optimize CUTRIC’s research and commercialization success efforts over time.
  • Prepare presentations and reports summarizing the findings obtained in 2(a) and 2(b) for CUTRIC’s executive managers, staff, members, board of directors, project partners, government stakeholders and other relevant stakeholders.

Literature Review Development, Writing, Editing, and Peer Reviewing

  • Develop, research, write and edit literature reviews related to CUTRIC’s zero emissions bus and low-carbon mobility project initiatives, as relevant to specific projects or initiatives that CUTRIC leads.
  • Support the quality assurance process at CUTRIC by engaging in critical peer reviews of qualitative, quantitative and interdisciplinary reports generated by CUTRIC’s ZEB Consulting Team, Commercialization Team, Membership Team or Public and Government Relations Team.
  • Support the development, standardization and ongoing improvement of peer review matrices to enable the highest quality internal peer review process for quality assurance and quality control of research deliverables at CUTRIC.

The Social Scientist: Low Carbon Smart Mobility is expected to be able to deliver on project management tasks including but not limited to designing and executing projects with internal and external stakeholders and preparing deliverables.

Critical Skills, Competencies and Educational Requirements

The Social Scientist: Low Carbon Smart Mobility will be expected to have the following skills, competencies, and educational achievements:

Minimum

  • Fluent English language skills required in written and spoken form.
  • Fluency in French is considered a highly valuable asset.
  • Minimum Master’s degree from a recognized university in a relevant social science field and at least three years of industry experience in industry-facing research.
  • Demonstrated expertise in surveying methodologies, including software programs such as SPSS or equivalent programs.
  • Demonstrated expertise in qualitative interview and focus group techniques, and associated analytical methodologies (such as content analysis), including software programs such as NVivo or equivalent programs.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing skills and client-ready report preparation.
  • High-level competency with audio-visual technologies, such as communications software (e.g., Zoom communications tools).
  • Advanced level of attention to detail and precision.
  • Commitment to confidentiality and non-disclosure and respect for the concept of privacy within a corporation.
  • Professionalism in written, verbal, and in-person contexts.
  • Strong teamwork ethic and commitment to working with team members locally and digitally across the country.
  • High degree of adaptability to work under pressure in a dynamic work environment.
  • Positive attitude and willingness to think creatively and innovatively to resolve problems and overcome challenges.
  • Leadership mindset and proactive dynamism in problem-solving.
  • Strong focus on time efficiency and waste reduction (both in time and labour resources) to achieve deliverables within CUTRIC’s non-profit context and budget constraints.
  • Expressed interest in working in a small company with a highly diverse workplace, including gender, racial and religious diversity.
  • Evidence of an interest in lifelong learning.
  • Strong work ethic and the pursuit of excellence in professional or personal life.
  • Commitment to transparency, accountability, and clear communication.
  • Commitment to climate change action and an interest in sustainable transportation.

Optimal

  • Project management training and experience from a recognized project management accrediting body and/or institute.
  • Experience working within a small to mid-sized business/enterprise environment.
  • Evidence of leadership roles in professional or personal endeavours.
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle several files at once in a highly organized and competent fashion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to documenting actions and documenting follow through commitments and deliverable completion.

Salary Range

$65,000-$73,000 depending on education, experience, and aptitude.

Deadline

Wednesday, September 15th , 2021.

How to apply?

Apply online.

Candidates must ensure their Cover Letter refers to this specific job posting, and that it addresses the “Minimal” skills listed above. Cover Letters should not be more than two pages single spaced (or 600 words maximum).

Candidates must ensure their curriculum vitae/resume and cover letter both demonstrate how the candidate meets the minimum skills and competencies required for this position.