Post Doctoral Researcher

Royal Roads University

Victoria, BC, CA

Set on one of the most picturesque campuses in the world, Royal Roads University (RRU) invites expressions of interest from those wishing to develop Postdoctoral Fellowships through a variety of sources including Banting, SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR.

RRU’s mandate is to offer applied and professional interdisciplinary programs with a focus on applied research.  With a reputation for innovation, RRU is a leader in online course delivery and attracts career-oriented students, mainly at the graduate level.  Guided by the strategic themes of “innovative learning”, “sustainable communities, livelihoods, and the environment”, and “thriving organizations”, RRU integrates research and student learning in a way that solves problems and addresses contemporary challenges head on.

Postdoctoral fellowship programs provide funding to national and international postdoctoral applicants who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social, and research-based growth. We seek dynamic, top-tier post-doctoral candidates to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth.

Details regarding the various fellowships can be found online as follows:

  • Banting scholars receive $70,000 per year for 2 years. Please see the Banting website  for more information
  • SSHRC scholars receive $40,500 per year for up to 2 years. Please see the SSHRC website for more information
  • NSERC scholars receive $45,000 per year for 2 years. Please see the NSERC website for more information
  • CIHR scholars receive $45,000 per year for 2 years. Please see the CIHR website for more information

RRU seeks expressions of interest specific to the following research areas:

Dr. Leslie King (School of Environmental Sustainability) is seeking a SSHRC or Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow to work on the SSHRC-funded research project, Northern Knowledge for Resilience, Sustainable Environments, and Adaptation in Coastal Communities (NORSEACC). The research team will develop case studies of coastal communities in Canada, Orkney, Iceland, and Norway focusing on ways in which different knowledge systems are incorporated into governance to promote community resilience and adaptation to rapid environmental and social change. The primary responsibility of the Post Doctoral position for the next year will be case study development through literature, document analysis and virtual interviews. If the travel restrictions are lifted, the Post Doctoral researcher may do limited travel and field work within Canada, particularly in Haida Gwaii investigating social and ecological sustainability measures for the implementation of the Land-Sea-People management plan for Gwaii Hanaas National Park Reserve.

Dr. Frances Jorgensen (School of Business), conducts research on human resource management and employee wellbeing. Currently, she is engaged in a mixed methods project aimed at investigating how job and workplace stressors impact workplace accidents and illness amongst diverse groups (e.g. women, elderly, those belonging to diverse ethnic groups) of frontline service employees. A post-doctoral fellow with interest with quantitative knowledge and experience is preferred, but all with relevant experience and interest will be considered.

Working collaboratively with Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Wolfe (School of Environment & Sustainability), the interdisciplinary post-doc will conduct research on emotions (e.g., fear, love, grief) that underpin water decisions at multiple scales and bio-physical contexts. Objectives: 1) develop, apply and test affective theory and mixed social psychology methods to evaluate different water behaviours within varied hydro-systems; 2) contribute to studies’ comparative analyses; 3) generate scholarly and outreach publications; and 4) contribute to multiple funding proposals (e.g., SSHRC Partnership Grant).

Dr. Runa Das’ (Interdisciplinary Studies) interdisciplinary research explores the assessment and practice of sustainability with a specific focus on energy-related issues. She is interested in the human dimensions and determinants of energy use and is researching energy literacy, energy poverty, energy efficiency, and pro-environmental behaviour change. She currently has federal funding from SSHRC for 3 major projects to investigate 1) energy poverty in Canada, 2) energy efficiency in community housing, and 3) public perception’s of Canada’s carbon tax.

As Director of the ResiliencebyDesign Research Innovation Lab (RbD), Dr. Robin Cox (School of Humanitarian Studies) leads a trans-disciplinary, collaborative research team working on a portfolio of funded research focused on understanding and enhancing trans-generational leadership to address climate change and other complex crises by: 1) understanding and amplifying youth engagement  and leadership in climate action and resilience; 2) helping professionals working at the front line of climate adaptation to integrate adaptation competencies into their professional practice, through education, training and networking; and 3) using design thinking, visual storytelling, and arts based methods as transformative tools in action-oriented research. The successful candidate will have opportunities to work with Dr. Cox on a number of research projects, but in particular on a recently funded participatory action project using design thinking and community based research with youth in Canada and Puerto Rico to explore and amplify individual and community resilience in the context of disasters, climate change, and COVID-19. For more information on the lab and Dr. Cox see: and

Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon (Cascade Institute) is Director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University. His current research is focused on threats to global security in the 21st century, including economic instability, climate change, and energy scarcity and on how people, organizations, and societies can better resolve their conflicts and innovate in response to complex problems. For more information on the Cascade Institute see:

Potential candidates for all post-doctoral fellowships will work closely with the Office of Research Services and relevant faculty member to prepare the formal application according to the program guidelines.

Job Requirements

To apply, submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter clearly confirming:
    • your citizenship,
    • date of PhD award or expected date of completion, and
    • that you do not hold, nor have you ever held, a tenure or tenure track faculty position.
  • A copy of your academic CV, including a full list of publications and scholarly activities (books, book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, etc.)
  • A draft of your proposed research program and how it relates to one of the research opportunities noted above (2 pages max.)
  • A statement of how your proposed research is applied and inter- or transdisciplinary (1 page max.)

*******Incomplete applications will not be accepted.*******

RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment, and will consider applications from diverse disciplines, genders, official languages, and citizenship. All eligible applications will be considered on criteria set out by the TriAgency (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) and no priority will be given based on country of origin. While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted.

Additional Information
These positions will be temporary with the number of hours and salary dependant on funding. The university is pleased to offer a limited benefits package. (If you are currently enrolled in the RRU Benefits Plan your coverage will remain unchanged.) Royal Roads University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty and staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.





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