Post Doctoral Fellow

Royal Roads University

Victoria, BC, Canada 🇨🇦

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.

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

Working with Prof. Brian Belcher, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Sustainability Research Effectiveness, the PostDoctoral Fellow will conduct research to assess the effectiveness and the impact of inter- and trans-disciplinary research. The postdoc will contribute as a member of the CRC Research Program to develop, apply and test improved theory and methods for evaluating and learning from experience in sustainability research, building on emerging ideas and theoretical and practical experience in related fields.

Dr. Robin Cox is a Professor and Program Head of the Disaster and Emergency Management graduate programs at RRU, and the Director of the ResiliencebyDesign Research Innovation Lab (RbD). Working with Dr. Cox, the successful candidate will have the opportunity of joining a trans-disciplinary, collaborative research team working on a range of funded projects that focus on disaster resilience, transformative approaches to climate change, and disaster risk reduction. Her work emphasizes the value of participatory and arts-based methods and social innovation, and a focus on building youth capacity and leadership through research (e.g., see:

Jaigris Hodson is an Associate Professor and head of the Applied Interdisciplinary Studies graduate program at RRU. Working under the supervision of Dr. Hodson, a postdoctoral scholar will contribute to the “Information Design in the Public Interest” (IDPI) initiative. In a world where democratic participation and public engagement have been under siege by such forces as social media manipulation, the question of how to get accurate information to those who need it most has become a pressing concern. As part of the IDPI initiative, we will address these issues by applying information design principles and research techniques to understand people’s habits with respect to new technologies.

Potential candidates for all postdoctoral 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
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
Positions are conditional upon approval of the nomination. 

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.)