Postdoctoral Scholar in Energy and Environmental Policy
University of Calgary, School of Public Policy

Postdoctoral Scholar in Energy and Environmental Policy, School of Public Policy


Job ID: 19025

Updated: August 14, 2019

Location: Main Campus


Position Description

Area:              School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
Duration:       One year, renewable for an additional year
Start date:     January 1st, 2020
Salary:          $50,000 plus benefits


The Energy and Environmental Policy Research Division in the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in energy and environmental policy.

Job Description:

The researcher will work on the Canadian Northern Corridor Program, which investigates the feasibility of multi-modal transportation corridors in Canada’s north and near north. The applicant must demonstrate alignment with the research themes of the Canadian Northern Corridor: strategic and trade dimensions; funding and financing; legal and regulatory dimensions; organization and governance; geography and engineering; economic outcomes; social benefits and costs; and environmental impacts. Preference will be given to a candidate with experience in community research.

The researcher will participate in research that addresses the legal issues, logistics, geography and engineering challenges, governance, Indigenous issues, etc., behind the corridor. The researcher will directly work under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Winter and with potential collaborators from an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Excellent data management skills are essential, as well as the ability to work autonomously. 

The initial appointment is for one year starting on January 1, 2020, or on a mutually agreeable date, and is renewable for a second year on mutual consent, satisfactory performance, and funding availability.

Resources will be available for conference travel. 

The incumbent is expected to contribute to the academic environment at the School of Public Policy by attending and contributing to research seminars, presenting their work and providing approximately 15 hours per week to ongoing research for the Canadian Northern Corridor. 


Applicants must hold a PhD (obtained within the last five years) in in geography, public policy, economics, law, engineering, political science or a related discipline. Candidates should have a strong background and interest in energy and environmental policy and analysis. Empirical and analytical skills as well as good communication skills are highly emphasized. Since we expect the successful applicant to be working in this field, they will be provided with significant time to work on their own related, independent research projects, and will have access to faculty at the School of Public Policy for advice and guidance.

Application details:  

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement summarizing their research strengths, and a sample research manuscript by e-mail to Dr. Jennifer Winter at The candidate is also required to provide two reference letters directly e-mailed to Dr. Jennifer Winter by the referenced person. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, please submit your application material no later than September 15th, 2019.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their application package. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted. Only candidates with complete packages will be considered.

About the School of Public Policy

The School of Public Policy is Canada’s leading policy school. The School was founded in 2008 by renowned economist Jack Mintz with a vision to drive policy discourse with relevant research, outreach and teaching. Its faculty is composed of scholars with exceptional academic credentials and experienced practitioners in business, government and the non-profit sector.

The School’s research is respected because it is independent, credible, and based on hard data. Its influence is reflected by its wide dissemination among policy makers, business leaders, and the media. Indeed, the School is Canada’s most cited policy school, both within traditional media and academic publications.

The School of Public Policy also provides hands-on training in Canada and abroad through a Master of Public Policy Program, an Extractive Resource Governance Program, and an Executive Training Program. Its alumni can be found in leadership positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors across Canada.

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.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

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

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 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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