Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Sociology at Glendon College, York University

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The Department of Sociology at Glendon College, York University is pleased to announce a competition for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, tenable at York University for the period of one year, commencing June 1, 2017. The fellowship will be part of a research partnership studying the green economy and just transition in Ontario, under the academic direction of Dr. Joanna Robinson, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology.

We invite applications from interdisciplinary scholars who have earned a doctorate in the Social Sciences and have a research background in fields such as work and labour, studies, environmental politics, political sociology and contentious politics. The Fellow will participate in a research partnership involving scholars at York University, the University of Toronto and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ontario Office.

The Fellow will devote part of his or her time to a project associated with the research partnership. The focus of the research is the changing world of work for individuals and organizations in traditional carbon-intensive sectors in the transition to a low-carbon economy in Ontario. The objective of the proposed study is to examine and explain how the transition towards a low-carbon economy and the expansion of green jobs in Ontario affects workers in the auto-manufacturing sector, and how they negotiate this transition.

The emergence of a green economy in Ontario provides the opportunity for the development of skilled green collar career transition jobs for unemployed or underemployed auto sector workers.

The Fellow will work with the research team to complete in-depth digitally-recorded interviews with rank-and-file auto sector workers in communities where the automanufacturing sector is an important employer and driver of the economy, including Oshawa, Brampton, Scarborough, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Interviews with labour leaders, environmental groups and policy makers will also be completed. Other duties include assisting with data analysis and dissemination through publications and conference presentations and media stories.

The successful candidate will have strong qualitative research and analysis skills related to social science research, including direct experience conducting in-depth qualitative interviews, archival and ethnographic research, document analysis, participant observation and qualitative data analysis and management. Knowledge of qualitative analysis software (such as NVivo or ATLAS.ti) is required. Graduate level training in qualitative social science research methodology is required. The Fellow will have opportunities to collaborate on publications, participate in conference presentations, and engage in other forms of knowledge mobilization during the tenure of the Fellowship.

The Fellow will receive an annual salary of $48,000 (plus benefits), office space at Glendon College, York University, use of a computer and full access to Glendon College and York University libraries. S/he will be supervised by Dr. Joanna Robinson and will work closely with lead community and university based researchers in the Research Partnership as well graduate and undergraduate students.

Applications will be reviewed starting on May 12, 2017 for a position to commence June 1, 2017 (or to be negotiated). Applicants should forward, by email, a cover letter, a research statement, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample, as well as have three confidential academic letters of reference sent to Joanna Robinson:

All correspondences should be addressed to:

Joanna Robinson

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Sociology

Glendon College, York University

2275 Bayview Avenue

Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M6

Applications from Canadian and non-Canadian scholars are welcome.


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