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Post-doctoral fellow (PDF) opportunity in Sustainable Energy Policy

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo is seeking a post-doctoral fellow (PDF) in the area of sustainable energy policy. The position will commence as soon as possible (and no later than 1 June 2016) for an 18-month period. The annual salary will be $50,000 plus benefits.

The PDF will investigate the social acceptance of energy storage technologies. More specifically, the PDF will complete two major investigations: (i) a systematic review of the relevant literature; and (ii) an evaluation of methods used to understand communities’ engagement with transformative energy technologies. Additionally, the PDF will develop an inventory of Canadian activity on energy storage. The PDF’s activities will contribute to the work of the Sustainable Energy Policy Group at the University of Waterloo and to the work of a national collaboration on energy storage technologies. A modest level of resources to assist with the execution of collaborative work will be available. The PDF will be expected to be in residence at the University of Waterloo.

The PDF will be a recent (or soon-to-be) PhD graduate in an area relevant to sustainable energy policy. The PDF will also possess the following: an internationally-recognized research capability, an emerging publication record, demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research, outstanding communication skills (written and verbal), evidence of initiative and advanced organizational skills, and successful experiences within a collaborative research environment.

To apply, individuals are asked to send a cover letter, a CV/resume, the names of three referees who may be contacted to discuss the applicant’s suitability for the position, and complete academic transcripts (at this stage, unofficial copies are acceptable).

These materials should be sent electronically to Professor Ian Rowlands at irowlands@uwaterloo.ca with "PDF – [applicant name]" in the subject line. Specific questions about the PDF position may also be directed to Professor Rowlands at this email address. Review of applications will begin on Friday, 12 February 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.


The Sustainable Energy Policy Group offers a stimulating research environment – collaborative, interdisciplinary and working to apply advanced research techniques to address contemporary challenges and opportunities in sustainable energy policy.

The School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability has been devoted to the pursuit of sustainability in a complex world for more than four decades. Its members aim to use transdisciplinary approaches to help protect, restore, reform and transform social and ecological systems.

The Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo is a world leader in interdisciplinary research and teaching on the environment and sustainability through its five academic units.

The University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, is one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

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. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

While we appreciate all applications, only those with whom we wish to discuss the position further will be contacted.

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