Post-Doctoral Applied Research Opportunities - Deadline April 17th

Friday, April 8, 2022

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University of Waterloo – Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR)and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet)

Location: Remote (Waterloo, ON)

Expected start date: May 2022

The University of Waterloo’s Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) are hiring a team of post-doctoral researchers to join an interdisciplinary, community-integrated research team supporting the Canadian Social Finance Fund’s Investment Readiness Program (IRP). These Mitacs-funded positions will be supporting CCEDNet and other key IRP partners in developing the self-governance infrastructure for Canada’s emerging social finance ecosystem.

Social financing involves investments which seek measurable social and environmental outcomes alongside financial returns. The overall goal of this project is to support a principles-based evaluation of, system mapping for, and peer-learning amongst the Canadian social finance ecosystem. Integrated into this program will be advocacy for equity, diversity, and inclusion in social innovation to create a more impactful and resilient Canadian social finance system. While many project deliverables are still subject to scoping with WISIR’s team and our IRP partners, the team is targeting the following inter-related research objectives:

  1. conduct a design-led principles-based evaluation
  2. build a participatory system map of the Canadian social economy ecosystem and
  3. support capacity-building within the sector through peer-learning

Methods to support this research will include secondary data analysis, key informant interviews, surveys, participatory budgeting, administrative data analysis, teaching case study development, participant observation during training sessions, direct support for advocacy by equity-deserving communities, reflections of the research team, and co-design activities at system convenings.

WISIR is seeking to hire up to three post-doctoral researchers with experience and expertise tied to any of the three objectives listed above which can be grounded in research from fields including (but not limited to):

  • business administration,
  • sustainability,
  • adult education,
  • public health,
  • public policy,
  • community psychology, or
  • economics

The ideal candidate will have experience:

  • Working alongside researchers from a variety of disciplines as well as non-research organizational partners and field practitioners
  • Conducting community-based, participatory research with a high degree of complexity and emergence
  • Working in a mostly- to fully- remote setting
  • Adjusting research efforts with the evolving needs of subjects and practitioners
  • Managing research methods, data, and staff independently as well as within a team

Expected salary: $45,000/year plus benefits for an anticipated 35 hours per week of work.

The University of Waterloo’s Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-racism is committed to work with students, faculty and staff across campus to advance equity through evidence-based policies, practices and program. In accordance with University policies for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, WISIR encourages applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, cultural background, ethnic origin, religion, age, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability or disability, including candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, such as those who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a statement of interest and a current CV to by April 17, 2022. General questions about the opportunity may be sent directly to Dr. Sean Geobey, Co-Director at WISIR at Please use the subject header “WISIR 2022 POSTDOC INQUIRY” for applications and questions.

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