Position Description

Area:            Political Science, Sociology    
Duration:     1 year     
Start Date:    September 1st, 2022
Salary:         CAD$ 50,000 + benefits

The Simpson Centre for Food and Agricultural Policy at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in political science, controversy studies in agri-food. 

Job Description:
of land and water resources

The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing, reporting, planning, and executing the development of the three specific objectives

  1. Lead a project using controversy mapping as a way to inform policymakers and the public 
  2. Write peer reviewed research to present the findings
  3. Present outcomes of the projects in a relatable story, accessible through the form on an atlas, with the support of IT engineer

The position is also responsible for the supervision and mentoring of a Research Assistant hired for the project, and to participate in data analysis and dissemination. In addition, the postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for reporting progress updates.

The initial appointment is for one year and may be renewable for a second year contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. 

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Political Science or sociology, and will have demonstrated working knowledge in agrifood, environment or health sectors. Clear interest in innovation and interdisciplinary work should be expressed in the cover letter in relation to the proposed work. 

Excellent data management skills are essential, as well as the ability to work autonomously, in addition to:

  • demonstrated experience and technical background in political science or sociology
  • demonstrated experience and technical background in agri-food is an asset
  • excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite application;  other programs including Tableau, ArcGIS or equivalent would be an asset
  • continuous learning and development, and willingness to accept new challenges and assignments
  • time management skills to effectively manage own time with a strong ability to prioritize to meet deadlines and multiple commitments
  • ability to program is an asset

Application Details:  

Please email your application as a single .pdf document on or before August 1st, 2022 at 11:59 PM MDT via email to emmcneill@ucalgary.ca

Additional Information

The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary visit our Postdocs website.  

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (equity@ucalgary.ca) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (hrhire@ucalgary.ca).


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