Job Posting: Educational Content Developer


Project: The Skies Above Turtle Island: An Indigenous Astronomy Digital Education Portal

Department: Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics

Supervisor: Dr. Hilding Neilson, Assistant Professor

Email Submission and Inquiries:

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: February 1, 2021


Job description:

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto is hiring one Educational Content Developer to help in the creation of an Indigenous Astronomy education website. The work will be carried out in partnership with Dr. Hilding Neilson (Mi’kmaq), Assistant Professor at the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DADDAA); Julie Bolduc-Duval, Executive Director at Discover the Universe; and Michael O’Shea, PhD Student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and co-founder of #popscope public astronomy.

Under the direction of Dr. Hilding Neilson, the Educational Content Developer will help develop a dedicated webpage for Indigenous Astronomy Knowledge (IAK) education resources for Canadian teachers, which will be hosted on the website of Discover the Universe. The successful applicant should currently be enrolled full-time in a graduate program (e.g. Master’s, EdD, PhD) and have experience working with Indigenous Knowledges and education. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Applicants are welcome from inside and outside the University of Toronto.

Project background:

IAK and Indigenous Ways of Knowing continue to be marginalized in the Western academy, both at the K-12 and university level. Revising curricula to include Indigenous voices, Knowledge, and histories validate Indigenous students’ experiences and identities— and also responds to the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. K-12 teachers, including science teachers, may seek to include Indigenous content in the classroom, but are unsure of where to start or how to do authentically and respectfully.

There are existing online resources related to IAK and Indigenous Knowledges more generally, including Native Skywatchers and the Deepening Knowledge Project at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, but there is no single website for IAK teaching resources in the territories known as Canada. This project is made possible by funding from Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Job duties:

Duties may include the following, carried out in collaboration and consultation with other members of the research team:

  • Identify, compile, and curate Indigenous astronomy resources available online
  • Organize resources according to such descriptors as type of material, Indigenous tradition, and Indigenous authorship
  • Develop an educational portal where the sorted content is contextualized to help educators understand the material and bring it into the classroom
  • Identify, suggest, and/or create classroom educational activities for the classrooms that reference resources and Indigenous Knowledges
  • Work with the web development team at Discover the Universe to create an easily accessible, bilingual (English/French) language online version of these resources. In the long-term, we seek to make the website available in Indigenous languages of Turtle Island.
  • Attend team meetings with research team (scheduled, monthly, weekly, or as required) and complete work in timely manner
  • The incumbent is also welcome to participate in any research projects that comes from this work


  • Professional and/or academic experience in education, especially science education from Western and/or Indigenous perspectives
  • Ability and willingness to work with supervisors, fellow graduate assistants, campus partners (including First Nations House and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) and Indigenous partners — Knowledge keepers, astronomers, and teachers
  • Attention to detail, responsiveness, and timelines in completing research tasks?
  • Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous[1]. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to self-identify, the University uses the term “Indigenous” in this search, which forms part of the U of T Response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people.
  • Facility with Google Suite (Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets), and e-mail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and research skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills to meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities

This position is open to full-time Master’s students or Doctoral students.


Job location: Remote

Position Duration: Contract: 6 months; start date TBD winter/spring 2021

Job type: Part-time.

Hours of assignment: Total 130 hours

Salary: $35.25/hour or as determined by HR

 Application instructions: Please submit your cover letter and resume in one pdf document and email it to Dr. Hilding Neilson <>. Application deadline: February 1, 2021. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

[1]Ontario Human Rights Commission. (2013, December). Section 14 of the Human Rights Code.