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Position available for Postdoctoral researcher for Global Water Futures project

Monday, July 10, 2017

Researchers leading the Agricultural Water Futures in Canada: Stressors and Solutions, a newly funded Global Water Futures (GWF) project, are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher (PDR) to provide social science research support.

The postdoctoral researcher will provide support to the social sciences Work Package (WP3) on strengthening capacity for adaptation in agricultural water decision making. This WP has three interrelated objectives that focus on strengthening the capacity for agricultural water decision- making in Canada. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of the project leaders for these three objectives (Rob de LoëPete Deadman, Roy Brouwer).

The successful candidate will play a leadership role in undertaking research in support of the three WP objectives. Additionally, the PDR will (i) coordinate with graduate students and other researchers engaged in the WP; (ii) facilitate knowledge mobilization by actively engaging project partners in knowledge co-production; and (iii) coordinate with researchers involved in the other project work packages in the Agricultural Water Futures in Canada: Stressors and Solutions project.

Qualifications and Skills

Applicants must have a recent (past three years) PhD in a relevant social science field, or be in a position to complete all requirements for the PhD degree soon after they take up this full-time position. Potentially relevant social science fields include (but are not limited to) political science, policy studies, agricultural or environmental economics, sociology, human/environmental geography, environmental law, public administration, international development studies, environmental studies, and planning.

Given the nature of the project and our focus on knowledge co-production, an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary orientation is especially desirable. The project is specifically concerned with agricultural water management and governance in Canada. Existing water expertise is desirable. However, we are open to applications from candidates who have relevant expertise in other domains that intersect with water. Expertise in agriculture is also highly desirable.

Two of the objectives under the WP are concerned with modelling. Therefore, a demonstrated ability to understand, and ideally develop and apply quantitative models and simulation tools is essential. The third objective takes a broader perspective on identifying and analyzing drivers of change that influence agricultural water decision-making. Understanding and/or expertise in institutional analysis, systems mapping, or social-ecological systems-based diagnostics is needed to support this work. A grounded understanding of how decisions are actually made in one or more real world settings is also valuable. This experience could come from previous employment (e.g., working for a corporation, a government agency, or an NGO), research, and/or volunteer work.

The position will involve some travel, e.g., to engage partners and conduct fieldwork in study sites in Manitoba and Ontario, and to participate in project meetings, conferences, and workshops.

English proficiency is required; the successful applicant will demonstrate excellent English writing and oral communication skills.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants may submit their applications as soon as possible. Consideration of applications will begin on August 14, 2017.

Submit applications – in one consolidated Adobe Acrobat file – by email, to Rob de Loë. In your application material, include a cover letter outlining your fit with this position, a complete curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for three people who can be approached for references, and a sample publication (in English) for which you are the sole or first author; select a publication that you think best showcases your research and writing skills, and your fit with this position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, members of visible minorities, native peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Direct any questions about this opportunity by email, to Rob de Loë until July 20, 2017. After July 20, 2017, direct inquiries to Peter Deadman or Roy Brouwer.