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Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

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Job ID: 21892

Updated: February 28, 2022

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: Race, Diversity and Equity in Postsecondary STEM

Duration: One year, with possibility of extension

Start date: Immediate

Salary: $55,000 CAD per year, plus benefits

The Canada Research Chair in Creativity and STEM at the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Race, Diversity and Equity in Postsecondary STEM .

Job Description:

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be required to play a leadership role in the Race, Diversity and Equity in Postsecondary STEM research agenda by collaborating on research, mentorship and knowledge mobilization aimed at advancing the visibility and participation of underrepresented students in postsecondary STEM education. This position will be in the Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Science, but the candidate will work with partners from multiple units with the University of Calgary.

Central to this research is learning about the experiences of racialized and minoritized students in postsecondary STEM in Canada, including an understanding of structural challenges and affordances, towards addressing systemic issues. Depending on funding application outcomes and the applicant’s interests, potential research projects may include:

  • Involvement with and (leadership opportunities) in:
    • collaborative and participatory research
    • multiple phases or aspects of the larger research project including:
      • Engaging in collaborative and participatory research, including research design, data collection and analysis
      • Coordinating knowledge mobilization efforts with and to different stakeholder audiences
      • Drafting academic papers, manuscripts and proposal for scholarly journals and conferences
      • Reviewing and synthesizing literature in relation to the project
      • Involvement with securing research funding and fostering partnerships
      • Supervising graduate and undergraduate research assistants
    • In addition to the above, other tasks that arise may be included to advance the research and transforming practice agenda


  • Applicants must have a PhD* or equivalent degree in science education, the STEM disciplines, learning sciences, psychology, sociology, critical race studies or a related field
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in postsecondary education
  • Strong communication capabilities with proactive attitude
  • Ideally, expertise in as many of the following areas:
    • Identity/race/equity in education research, qualitative methods, sociocultural and critical theories, Strength in 2 or 3 of these areas are expected. It is up to the applicant to demonstrate these strengths
  • Ability to initiate, develop and coordinate original research projects
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work across multiple projects at the same time
  • In addition, the successful candidates will have outstanding research track records as evidenced by journal publications, conference papers and other non-traditional knowledge mobilization efforts

Application details:

Please apply online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. Full consideration will be given to those applicants that submit all materials as a single pdf. document and include all the following:

  • A cover letter including date of availability, suitability and motivation for the role, including a brief summary of past, current and future research interests and accomplishments (limit of 3 pages)
  • List primary, and, if applicable, secondary fields of interest
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Official or unofficial copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s)
  • Statement of Proposed Research Plan during fellowship (2-3 Pages)
  • A Personal Statement of your demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence in higher education (1-3 Pages)
  • Writing Sample (which may include samples of creative/artistic work) (1-2 samples, 35-page cumulative max, e.g., dissertation chapter, journal article)
  • The name and contact information including email addresses for three (3) referees who have knowledge of your research and academic experience

Applications can be addressed to Dr. Jennifer Adams

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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.

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

Additional Information

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

About the University of Calgary

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Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. 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 has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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