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Postdoctoral Scholar in Mathematics Education, Werklund School of Education

Job ID: 21748

Updated: April 6, 2021

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Area: Mathematics Education

Duration: Two (2) Years

Start date: January 2021

Salary: 60,000 $CAD, plus a research stipend of 2,500 $CAD per year, and Plan C Postdoctoral Group Health Insurance Benefits


The Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the area of mathematics education to join the “Transforming Mathematical Identities” project team. The Research Project—Transforming Mathematical Identities: The Potential for Collective Learning to Create Free Spaces for Mathematics is led by Professor Jo Towers (UCalgary), in collaboration with Professor Brent Davis (UCalgary) and Dr. Lyndon Martin (York University). The project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The overarching goal of this project is to address the high rates of disaffection among learners of mathematics in Canadian schools and the related shying away of qualified students from mathematical (and related science and engineering) studies at the post-secondary level. We are engaged in designing and studying a radical school-based intervention that will recruit students who have (self-identified) poor relationships with mathematics and rebuild those relationships in order to transform students’ mathematical identities. Our aim is to study how disaffected students might be afforded the space to build a different relationship with mathematics, re-form their mathematical identities, and mobilize beyond themselves to serve as catalysts in the wider school population. The successful candidate will participate in all facets of the project and take an active role in co-authoring publications based on the findings of the research.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will assist in the development of knowledge, practice, and policy to advance mathematics education in Canada. You will actively contribute to the intellectual life of our School by:

• pursuing team-based and independent research activities

• presenting and co-presenting research findings at national and international scholarly conferences, workshops, and other professional meetings

• publishing research findings (as sole-author and co-author) in well-regarded journals

• assisting with drafting grant applications as well as conference and manuscript submissions

In addition, you may (subject to agreement with the faculty mentor):

assist in development of events and activities that relate to your research project and interests

• attend and participate in training opportunities related to your research interest and career direction

• provide guidance to graduate student researchers, where appropriate


  • Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent in Mathematics Education or a related field, awarded within the 3 years immediately preceding the appointment, and must complete all degree requirements before starting the appointment
  • Candidates must propose a well-defined research study that closely aligns with the funded research project—Transforming Mathematical Identities: The Potential for Collective Learning to Create Free Spaces for Mathematics
  • Prior research work must be supported by a strong record of peer-reviewed publications, evidence of familiarity with conceptual debates, and strong methodological skills.
  • The applicant should be motivated and possess excellent communication skills with the proven ability to work co-operatively with colleagues from a range of different disciplines


Application details:

Please submit your application as a single pdf. document via email to Dr. Jo Towers at [email protected].

All applications must include:

  • a cover letter including date of availability, suitability and motivation for the role, and a brief summary of past, current, and future research interests and accomplishments. (Please state clearly how your research aligns with the research project identified above)
  • a current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • copies (unofficial is ok) of diplomas/university certificates
  • a copy of two recent, peer-reviewed journal/chapter publications or conference presentations
  • two letters of reference from referees who have knowledge of your research and academic experience

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.


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 Werklund School of Education visit Careers in the Werklund School of Education.

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