Research Assistant: Gaming Subscription Predictive Algorithms

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Author pmnationtalk
Date June 20, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Location Brantford, ON
Category Research / Development
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Research Assistant: Gaming Subscription Predictive Algorithms

Posting ID : 10956
Apply By : 6/24/2019
Position Title : Research Assistant: Gaming Subscription Predictive Algorithms
Department : Criminology
Job Type : Part-time, Limited Term
Campus : Brantford
Position Summary :

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Research Assistant: Gaming Subscription Predictive Algorithms.

“Gaming Subscription Predictive Algorithms” is recruiting one Master’s level research assistant (RA) to conduct innovative, interview-based original research. The successful candidate will work with an international project team based in Brantford, Liverpool (UK) and Melno Park, CA (USA). The position includes financial support for travel to conferences, inclusion in the project’s publication agenda, and opportunities to network with both university-based academics and research executives in the online content streaming industry.


Based at WLU’s Brantford campus, the RA will undertake three distinct tasks over the span of the project. In phase one, the RA will be trained in a Twitter analytic and visualization software package (Chorus), and will utilize this package to examine discussions of unauthorized account-sharing experiences for online subscription content services (i.e. Netflix, Spotify, Crave, HBO Go, etc…). In phase two, the RA will assist in the recruitment of 30-50 interview subjects, who will be asked about their experiences and practices around sharing subscription content service accounts. In phase three, the RA will work with the project team to develop an industry-facing discussion paper that considers how predictive algorithms can be better tuned to anticipate and accommodate multiple users on a single account.

Part Time (10 hours per week) 12-Months

Start Date: August 15th, 2019

Qualifications :

The ideal candidate will have background in qualitative criminological/sociological research methods, in particular grounded theory methodology and interviewing technique, competence in social media sites (i.e. Twitter), and familiarity with the Windows operating system. Preference will be given to candidates who have knowledge of Nvivo or other qualitative research software, and have average to above average competence in Windows-based software packages. The successful candidate will be responsible for presenting research findings to both scholarly and industry audiences, and must have exceptional presentation skills, including preparing presentation decks (i.e. PowerPoint) and public speaking capabilities. In addition to contributing to the industry-facing discussion papers, the RA will be invited to participate in scholarly publications, and must have excellent writing skills.

Please Note : Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors. 

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Employment Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or
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