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Job Posting: Brandon University Postdoctoral Fellowships

November 29, 2016
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Two postdoctoral fellows are being recruited for this MITACS-funded project. The ideal candidates will have a relevant Ph.D. in a social science discipline, such as Sociology or Geography, with training in qualitative and quantitative research methods and analyses. Hiring will be based on demonstrated research achievements, strong communications skills, commitment to rural communities, and experience in community-based participatory research.

This project’s goal is to determine how effectively rural communities in Manitoba are currently using broadband for economic and social purposes within a capitals assessment framework. A secondary aim is to explore how rural communities in Manitoba can increase the economic and social benefits through broadband use and applications.

Specific responsibility will include:- Working as part of a research team on all aspects of research within the project,

  •  Providing applicable mentorships and training to Masters students involved in the project,
  • Leading research efforts in the development and enhancement of the case studies and ITC assessment tools, as well as in the project’s data collection and analysis,
  • Taking a leading role in project coordination and task execution in collaboration with the project’s supervisors and project’s research partner – Function Four Inc.,
  • Taking a leading role in establishing research contracts with the participating communities and providing research support to the community research working groups, and
  • Co-developing and disseminating the project reports and outreach products as well as presenting at conferences and representing the project at relevant rural community organizations and events.
    This project is based out of Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. Research activities will also include working in Winnipeg with project partner, Function-Four, as well as in engaging in field research within the participating communities.

Brandon University has been a cornerstone of the City of Brandon and southwestern Manitoba for over a century. Throughout this time, Brandon University has maintained its foundation as a rurally-based university with strong national and international links.

Brandon University established the Rural Development Institute (RDI) in 1989 as an academic research center and a leading source of information on issues affecting rural communities in Western Canada and beyond. RDI functions as a not-for-profit research and development organization designed to promote, facilitate, coordinate, initiate and conduct multi-disciplinary academic and applied research on rural issues. Its goal is to foster community development and resilience through research and information sharing on issues and opportunities unique to rural, remote and northern communities. RDI provides an interface between academic research efforts and the community by acting as a conduit of rural research information and by facilitating community involvement in rural development. Projects are characterized by cooperative and collaborative efforts of multi-stakeholders.

Applicants are required to submit:
1. A cover letter outlining their qualifications and fit within the research project,
2. A curriculum vitae, and
3. The name and contract information for three referees.
Applicants should be prepared to provide official transcripts upon request.

Fellowship Stipend: $40,000
Term: 20 months
Start Date: January 1, 2017, or as negotiated with the successful candidate
Deadline for Application: December 16, 2016

Application Contact:

Iman Yahyaie, PhD
Director, Business Development | Mitacs
(204) 599-9434
iyahyaie@mitacs.ca

 

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