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Research Assistant

Department: School of Information Technology Management
Position supervisor: Dr. Ravi Vatrapu
Contract length: 8 weeks (May-Aug)
Hours of work per week: 20
Position type: Research Assistant
Rate of pay: $20.49 per hour

About Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

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About the team

Prof. Vatrapu’s current research focus is on big data analytics to design, develop and evaluate a novel set-theoretical approach to computational social science called Social Set Analytics (SSA). Based on the enactive approach to the philosophy of mind, the phenomenological approach to sociology, and the mathematics of set theory, SSA conceptualizes digital interactions as social associations to identities, ideas, values, aspirations etc. SSA consists of a generative framework for the philosophy of computational social science, a theory of social data, conceptual and formal models of social data, and an analytical framework for combining big datasets with organizational and societal datasets. SSA seeks to generate meaningful facts, actionable insights, valuable insights, and sustainable impacts for multiple stakeholders.

The opportunity

The responsibilities of this research assistantship position include design, development, and evaluation of data science applications for social set analysis using Python.

Job Responsibilities

Summer RA will design, develop, and evaluate data science applications for social set analysis using Python.


  • Enrollment in an undergraduate degree program in math/computer/data science and/or relevant coding experience.

How to apply

Please email your application to Applications should be submitted in PDF or Word formats. In the subject line, please indicate: “2024 Summer RA”.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and your most recent transcript.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only candidates who are invited to an interview will be contacted.

Toronto Metropolitan University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

  • We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications. If you are an Indigenous applicant and require support during the recruitment process, please reach out to James McKay, Indigenous HR Lead at
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