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Post Doctoral Associate in Language and Literacy, Werklund School of Education

Job ID: 25704
Location: Main Campus
Updated August 16, 2022

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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, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Description

Area: Language and Literacy

Duration: Two Years

Start Date: Septermber 01, 2022 or at a mutually agreeable date

Salary: $55,000 plus a research stipend of $2,500 and Plan C Postdoctoral group health insurance benefits


The Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the area of Language and Literacy.  The successful candidate will work as part of a dynamic research team that represents a sustained and unique voice in the field of literacy and language learning with specific emphasis on multi-racial/cultural/linguistic learning and pedagogy. Through their participation in several projects, this position involves the facilitation of a multidirectional flow and exchange of knowledge, engaging the voices of newcomer students, teachers, school psychologists, and other stakeholders. The postdoctoral candidate will collaborate and build relationships within a multi-tiered framework at the micro, meso, and macro levels. That is, they will work locally, nationally, and globally with scholars, graduate students, classroom teachers, children, families, policy makers, and community leaders. 

This position will afford the postdoctoral associate with valuable, detailed knowledge of and experience with the full cycle of research—from recruitment to collaborative planning with other professionals, to data collection, organization and analysis, and finally to knowledge mobilization. They will benefit by being a co-author on articles published in top international journals for the purposes of building their academic CVs.

Job Description:

The postdoctoral associate will be working under the supervision of Dr Rahat Zaidi and will be expected to:

  • Understand the background to the work being done
  • Be familiar with appropriate data collection methods for different aspects of scholarship
  • Be familiar with capturing video footage and photographs
  • Collect primary data in the form of observations, artifacts and interviews
  • Participate in systematic data analyses through qualitative methods
  • Be familiar with data coding procedures and use of qualitative data analysis software
  • Contribute significantly to the process of disseminating results, including the preparation and revision of manuscripts for scholarly journals, presentations at academic conferences, and presentations for educators
  • Reporting results in national and international journals
  • Identifying funding opportunities and writing of funding applications



  • A doctoral degree in Education awarded within the five years immediately preceding the appointment, with an emphasis on language and literacy education, culturally sustaining pedagogies, ESL, or related field, 
  • Training in newcomers’ language development, and/or interventions that support newcomer learners’ language and literacy development,
  • Experience working on research projects and conducting statistical analyses, and
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, collaborative, organizational, and writing skills.


  • Experience working within the education system, with dual language learners and/or coaches,
  • Fluency in other languages, and
  • Training in qualitative research methods.

Application Details:

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

All applications must include:

  • 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 (Please state clearly how your research aligns with the research project identified above 3 pages)
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • 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. 

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 for more information 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 website. For more information visit Careers in the Werklund School of Education.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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