Employment Opportunity: Student Associate

The Public Knowledge Project is seeking a part-time Publishing Services Student Associate to join our Publishing Services team in providing the leading hosting services environment for running academic journals, books, and conferences.

In this position you will be responsible for support of PKP applications hosted by PKP Publishing Services (PKP|PS), including Open Journal Systems; Open Monograph Press; and Open Conference Systems. This person will work with the Publishing Services Coordinator, PKP system developers and systems administrators to maintain and update components of the Publishing Services infrastructure. Responsibilities include writing and updating internal and client documentation; assisting with day-to-day client management activities; and working on PKP|PS servers and services. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work on a number of exciting new PKP projects, including the PKP Index; PKP’s Article Level Metrics service; various PKP educational and collaborative undertakings; and the XML Publishing project. Knowledge of PKP applications and online publishing issues (including open access publishing models; library publishing efforts; etc.) would be an asset. Please note that technical expertise or knowledge of PKP applications is useful but not required.

This is a fixed-term contract at 10 hours per week, with a probationary period and good potential for continuing work. Salary is negotiable based on qualifications and experience.  Work schedules can be very flexible and this position is well suited for a college or university student with an interest in online publishing, scholarly communication, or “open” technologies.

Requirements include:

  • A demonstrated ability for independent work in an online, collaborative environment.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • An ability to investigate and troubleshoot problems, read documentation, and learn about new technologies and applications.

Additional consideration given for:

  • Some experience in the world of online publishing.
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, PKP software (e.g. Open Journal Systems) or a similar open source project is valuable but not necessary.
  • Enthusiasm for open source projects and understanding of the benefits of openness in general (open access, open standards, open data, open access to information, etc.)
  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS, PHP or JavaScript.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter containing a summary of their experience and a copy of their resume (including at least two references) to Brian Owen, Associate University Librarian (brian_owen@sfu.ca). Postings will remain open until filled.


The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a research and development initiative based at Simon Fraser University with many development partners and supporters around the world. PKP has been developing free, open source software for the management, publishing, and indexing of journals, books, and conferences for 15 years. The PKP software suite is comprised of four modules: Open Journal Systems, Open Monograph Press, Open Conference Systems, and Open Harvester Systems; as well as a variety of supporting software projects. Visit PKP http://pkp.sfu.ca and have a look at the software and code.