Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities – Banting and Tri-Agency

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Monday, July 11, 2016 - 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, 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 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

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. Ann Dale, Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability, the post-doc will explore the intersections between sustainable community development and climate change adaptation and mitigation innovations both on-the-ground and policy development in Canada. Dr. Dale’s current focus is on change and current development paths, to define indicators for transformative change and to disaggregate the barriers and drivers for innovation. 
  • Working with Dr. Jaigris Hodson, Assistant Professor and Program Head in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the post-doc will focus on new mobile social communication platforms such as Instagram, Kik, WeChat, and SnapChat, and how to keep young people using these technologies safe from online predators. This research addresses a current and growing need in both Canada and around the world, as detailed in a recent CBC special report which highlighted the lack of both technological controls and social awareness with respect to the social messaging technologies that are popular with youth. The objective of this post doc would be to work with affected stakeholders, in particular young people using these apps, to develop an informational campaign which helps to promote safer online behavior for young people and awareness for their parents, and draw on the lessons learned in order to make policy recommendations regarding technological development and children in Canada. 
  • Working with Dr. Elizabeth Hartney, Registered Psychologist, 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 patient and family centred care in the BC healthcare system. The goals of CHLR are to: 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, CHLR is developing and expanding health leadership and research expertise in a variety of areas that cross disciplines and knowledge domains.
  • 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. 

Potential candidates for all Postdoctoral Fellowships will work with the Office of Research Services 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 forward the following as one document (preferably in electronic format) to: with a subject line of: 

16-048–R0003 - Last name, First name

  • A cover letter which states your citizenship, date of PhD award or expected date of completion and confirms you do not hold a tenure or tenure track faculty position
  • A copy of your 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.)
  • An explanation of how your proposed research is applied and inter- or transdisciplinary (1 page max.) 

Please note incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Or mail to:
Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC   V9B 5Y2
Fax:  (250) 391-2570 Tel:  (250) 391-2511 

The competition began on June 10, 2016 and will close on July 11, 2016.  Review of applications will commence 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.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe pdf. format.