Now hiring: Postdoctoral research associate – Assessing the impact of civic technology

Friday, June 8, 2018
by Peter Johnson

Applications are now being accepted for a postdoctoral research associate to support current research measuring the value and impact of civic technology, with a specific focus on open data, mobile apps, crowdsourcing, and participatory data creation for use in government. The successful candidate will be invited to co-develop a program of research that advances one or more of these themes, and falls within their area of expertise. This position is full-time, based at the University of Waterloo, with an initial appointment of one year, with potential for extension depending on funding and performance. Salary is competitive, with benefits and a travel/conference stipend.

Qualifications: A PhD is required, with a subject focus in geographic information science, information technology, geography, urban planning, political science, or other related area. The successful candidate will have interest and experience in one or more of the following areas; open data, civic technology, government adoption of technology, and civic participation. Demonstrated experience in collecting and interpreting qualitative data is required, and experience with geographic information system (GIS) and spatial data is an asset.

Applicants should submit a statement of research interests, a CV, two sample publications, and a list of three references to Dr. Peter Johnson, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo at Consideration of candidates will commence July 6th, 2018, with an anticipated start date of September 2018, or when negotiated. For more information, please see research websites:,, and follow me on Twitter @peterajohnson.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Management has a strong reputation for teaching and research in earth systems science, geomatics, resource management, and human geography. Consistently ranked in the top 4 in Canada, and top 100 globally (QS rankings) in geography, the Department is a dynamic, supportive, and collaborative environment, committed to individual and communal success. For additional information visit the Department of Geography and Environmental Management website.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.