Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities

Banting, Tri-Agency, Mitacs
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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 17:00
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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, CIHR, and Mitacs.

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 postdoctoral 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
  • Mitacs scholars receive $57,500 per year for 2 years (requires an industry partner willing to fund $25,000 per year). Please see the Mitacs website for more information

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

  • Working with Dr. Brian Belcher, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Sustainability Research Effectiveness, the post-doc will focus on research to assess the effectiveness and the impact of transdisciplinary research (TDR) for improved livelihoods, community resilience, and environmental sustainability. The research builds on rapidly-evolving theory-based approaches for programme evaluation, adapted specifically for research application. It will contribute by: adapting and refining methodology for assessing TDR effectiveness based on an explicit theory of change that can be interrogated and tested empirically; developing, testing and applying a framework for comparative analysis of TDR research projects based on the literature on TDR research quality; comparing a series of cases of applied and transdisciplinary research to generate new knowledge about how TDR research design and implementation influences research effectiveness; building a centre of expertise and a network of experts in this area. The Post Doctoral Fellow will contribute to the development of theory and methods for conceptualizing and evaluating problem-oriented and trans-disciplinary research, to individual case studies as a project leader and/or collaborator, to overall comparative analyses, and to ongoing networking, publication and outreach. Specifically, the post doc will: conduct/contribute to literature review; lead and/or support research funding proposals and applications; contribute to the design and implementation of individual research projects, and a larger ongoing comparative analysis; lead and co-author publications reporting the research; support and contribute to networking; and contribute to other outreach activities.
  • Working with Dr. Eileen Piggot-Irvine, Professor of Leadership in the School of Leadership Studies and Adjunct Professor Griffith University, the post-doc will focus on evaluating the process, outputs, outcomes and impact of action research as part of an international research team.  Action research has been significantly under-evaluated to date so this study is planned to address this gap and also to provide much needed evidence of effectiveness of action research.  The Evaluative Study of Action Research (ESAR) is a large-scale research study across approximately 15 countries and over 170 action research projects. 
  • Working with Dr. Frances Jorgensen, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) with the Faculty of Management, the post-doc would have the opportunity to be a part of a global collaborative project aimed at investigating the impact of culture on employees’ perceptions of HRM on the relationship between HRM and innovative behaviors. This is an extension of an ongoing collaboration between researchers from Canada, Australia, the UK, and nine other countries. A mixed-methods research design will be used to explore and test the influence of cultural orientation, or the individual level influence of culture, on the relationship between High Performance Work Systems and innovative behaviors in a Canadian Multinational Company.
  • Working with Dr. George Veletsianos, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Innovative Learning and Technology, the post-doc will focus on emerging technologies and innovations in online education, in particular open education, open/digital scholarship, and social media/networks.  The objective of a Banting post-doc within this research program will be to make sense of participants' experiences and practices with open online education and social media/networks in higher education and to understand why individuals use these emerging innovations in the ways that they do.
  • Working with Dr. Robin Cox, Professor and Disaster and Emergency Management Program Head, the post-doc will have the opportunity to work on multiple research projects focused on disaster recovery and resilience and the psychosocial implications of disasters for individual well-being and public health. Cox's research employs creative and participatory strategies to explore the psychosocial effects of disasters on communities with a specific emphasis on rural environments, children and youth, and community- and youth-centred approaches to recovery.  
  • Working with Dr. Ron Lindstrom, Professor and Director of the Centre for Health Leadership and Research (CHLR), the post-doc will contribute to leadership research and knowledge mobilization toward increasing the capacity of health leadership from local to international levels. The goals of CHLR are to: continuously develop and implement an applied research agenda in health systems leadership to inform scholarly practice and policy; create and engage in internal/external partnerships and networks to support and advance health systems leadership, applied research activities and knowledge mobilization strategies; conduct applied health leadership research and coordinate activities with internal/external stakeholders and partners to address emergent needs in academic and practice settings; and organize/co-organize conferences, symposia, summits and think-tanks in emerging areas of scholarship and practice. To achieve these goals, and through the efforts of a growing cadre of doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows, CHLR is developing and expanding health leadership and research expertise in a number of areas that cross disciplines and knowledge domains. These include, for example: participatory action research, network science, transdisciplinarity, complexity science, phronetic leadership research, and knowledge translation and mobilization.
  • Working with Dr. Siomonn Pulla, Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, the post-doc would focus on three inter-related issues: How can the natural resources sector in the circumpolar north be used as a model for building successful and sustainable corporate-Indigenous relations; What can we learn about major challenges associated with sustaining these partnerships from the insights and perspectives of both the corporate sector and northern Indigenous communities; and finally, how do Corporate-Indigenous relations provide legitimate, powerful avenues for decolonization and sustainable northern community development. The overarching goal of this research is to gauge Canada’s success in implementing its policy on responsible resource development in comparison with international circumpolar perspectives from Greenland, Norway and Finland; and to draw on lessons learned that may inform best practices in Corporate-Indigenous relations as a major element in support of responsible resource development in Canada.
  • Working with Dr. Terry Mughan, Associate Professor of International Business in the School of Business, the post-doc will focus on documenting and evaluating the process, outputs, outcomes and impacts of targeted postgraduate international student internships on selected small to medium-sized businesses in BC. Continuous growth of smaller companies driven by motivation but poorly endowed with resources, both through the start-up stage and beyond to the immensely challenging stages of internationalization, is a top priority in economic policy. The aim of the study will be to identify good practice in the integration of international student interns in the development and refinement of international business strategy in resource-constrained organizations. The experiences and practices of action researchers and those impacted by action research projects (students and companies) will be considered alongside extensive documentary analysis. In keeping with the collaborative approach to supporting these companies, a goal of the study is to widely mobilize the findings throughout the action research, policy and academic communities.
  • Working with Dr. Hassan Wafai, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Management, the post-doc will focus on the dynamic relationship between process-based, technologically-related innovations and management-based innovations. Hassan’s research on innovation management conceptualizes innovation as being comprised of two critical elements, labelled “hard” and “soft”. The “hard” element encompasses the process-based and technological related innovations.  The “soft” element comprises the less tangible types of innovation related to the managerial thinking and philosophy which underpins the framework of tools and methods used in business operations.  The research aims at conceptualizing the degree of synergy that may exist between both elements, and that successful Canadian organizations are able to manage through different stages of innovation development.  The objective of the postdoctoral scholar within this research is to investigate the applications of a multi-agent system, to analyze the relationship between both elements, and to develop a deeper understanding of the management thinking that underpins the “soft” part of innovation.

Potential candidates for all Postdoctoral Fellowships will work with the Office of Research and relevant faculty member to prepare the formal application according to the program guidelines. Positions are conditional upon approval of the nomination.

Application submission information: 

To apply, please submit the following documents in electronic format (pdf):

  • A copy of your CV including a full list of publications
  • A draft of your proposed research program that relates to one of the research opportunities noted above (2 pages max.)
  • An explanation of how your proposed research is applied and inter- or transdisciplinary (1 page max.)

To: Human Resources, Royal Roads University
Competition #15-095

All applications should reach the university no later than August 28, 2015.  Review of applications will begin immediately.

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted. RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

Please note that two of our heritage buildings, including Hatley Castle, have some areas that are not easily accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.  Please call 391-2511 for information and assistance if you are dropping off your application in person.