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Postdoctoral Fellow/Project Manager

Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Director

Ontario School Board Trustee Candidates Research Project

We invite applications for a 1-year postdoctoral fellow and research director to support a study of candidates seeking election as school board trustees across Ontario in the Fall of 2018.  The position will be hosted at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.  Candidates should have a completed PhD in political science or a related discipline, and a demonstrated interest and expertise in one or more of the following areas: political behaviour, municipal or education politics, and political representation of historically marginalized groups.

Responsibilities will include supervising RAs, working with project members to design and implement surveys of candidates and electors, conducting semi-structured interviews, and contributing to technical reports and academic papers.

Workload will include involvement in project-related research, collaboration and publication with other project members, and scope for developing candidate’s own research related to this topic.

The ideal candidate will be well-organized, innovative, capable of managing research assistants, interested in collaborative work, and have strong qualitative and/or quantitative methodological skills.

In addition to project-related research and responsibilities, the postdoctoral fellow may choose to contribute to, and collaborate with members of, the Canadian Municipal Election Study, a large-scale study of local elections in eight Canadian cities (see

The position will commence on or around June 1, 2018.  Compensation will be $45,000. Additional benefits provided.

The position is contingent upon final project funding approval.

How to apply?

We invite applicants to submit via email (in a single file) a letter of interest (including information on the applicant’s methodological experience and capabilities), a C.V., a research sample, and contact information for two academic referees.  Applications must be received by March 30, 2018

Inquiries and applications should be directed to Myer Siemiatycki ( and Michael McGregor (