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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Urban Studies Program, Faculty of Arts

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Job ID: 11716

Updated: February 1, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Area: Urban Studies/Smart Cities                   
Duration: 1 year, with possibility of extension pending funding
Start Date: July 1, 2017    
Salary:   $50,000 plus benefits

The Urban Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in “The Social and Environmental Implications of Smart Cities.”

Job Description:

The Urban Studies Research Group at the University of Calgary seeks a postdoctoral scholar to conduct and manage research for the University of Calgary Human Dynamics Research Strategy project, “The Social and Environmental Implications of Smart Cities.” The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with the PI of the project, Dr. Byron Miller, the chairs of the five Smart Cities working groups (Dr. Victoria Fast, Dr. Matt Patterson, Dr. Eliot Tretter, Dr. Ryan Burns, Dr. Dean Curran), the Global Urban Studies Canada Research Chair, Dr. Marit Rosol, and other members of the Urban Studies Research Group.

The Social and Environmental Implications of Smart Cities is a global comparative research project with numerous international collaborators, seeking to understand the ways in which the social and environmental implications of smart cities vary around the world, and why. The postdoctoral scholar will conduct research on a specific smart city initiative (appropriate to the postdoc’s area of expertise), assist in the preparation of grant proposals and research reports, assist in the coordination of international research projects, and perform other responsibilities in collaboration with members of the Research Group. 


  • Ph.D. in an urban-related discipline such as Anthropology, Geography, History, Planning, Political Science, Sociology, Science, Technology, and Society, or a cognate discipline
  • International research experience
  • An ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, and to multi-task
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time-management and other organizational skills, problem-solving, and analytical skills

Application details:  

For more information on the above-mentioned members of the research team please see their web pages:

Please direct questions to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Byron Miller (Department of Geography): 

Interested applicants are asked to email the following documents in a single pdf-file to Dr. Miller at by January 31, 2017:

  • cover letter/ statement of interest
  • current CV
  • names and contact details of two potential referees
  • transcripts

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2017.

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation’s most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, where innovative teaching and groundbreaking research go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. The strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by our Gaelic motto, which translates to ‘I will lift up my eyes.’

To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.

About Calgary, Alberta

Named a cultural capital of Canada and one of the best places to live in the world, Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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