Post-Doctoral Researcher

Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences
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Friday, March 4, 2016 - 17:00
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Royal Roads University is seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher to contribute to the program of the Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Research Effectiveness. 

The CRC program aims to

  1. Develop an international network of collaborators with a focus on impact and effectiveness in sustainability research
  2. Develop and test evaluation approaches and methods for transdisciplinary research, building on emerging ideas and theoretical and practical experiences in related fields
  3. Analyse and evaluate selected livelihoods, community resilience and sustainability research projects/programs
  4. Recommend improved approaches and methods for transdisciplinary research evaluation and impact assessment

 As the Post-Doctoral Researcher working with Dr. Brian Belcher, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Sustainability Research Effectiveness, you will focus on assessing the effectiveness and the impact of research, especially research that aims to improve livelihoods, community resilience, and environmental sustainability.  You will contribute to the development of theory and methods for conceptualizing and evaluating problem-oriented and trans-disciplinary research and to individual case studies and comparative analyses.  The CRC has an ongoing international portfolio of research activities and there will be scope for you to develop and lead new projects as part of the larger program.


To be considered, candidates will possess:

  • Doctorate in a relevant area of social science
  • Significant research experience and demonstrated interest and expertise in: evaluation, especially research evaluation; knowledge translation; social impact assessment; natural resources management; and/or international development
  • Excellent writing skills
  • High-level critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Good publications record
  • Successful grant writing experience
  • International experience, foreign language skills, and willingness to travel are also desirable
Application submission information: 

For questions please contact Dr. Belcher on

This is a temporary, full time position  for two years.  The hourly rate is $27.56 - $34.84 per hour.  The University is pleased to offer a percentage of salary in lieu of vacation.

To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to: with a subject line of:

15-074 – Last name, First name

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(250) 391-2511

The competition began on February 22, 2016 and will close on March 4, 2016; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found. 

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.