Postdoctoral Fellow, Resilience Research Centre (RRC)

Education, Healthcare, Sciences, Social Sciences

Resilience Research Centre

Halifax City, Nova Scotia


POSTING DATE: February 1, 2018
CLOSING DATE: April 16, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow
Resilience Research Centre (RRC)


The Resilience Research Centre (RRC) at Dalhousie University is under the direction of Dr. Michael Ungar, Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience. The focus of the RRC is with children and youth living in challenging contexts across culturally diverse settings around the world.

The incumbent will be asked to assist with the Resilient Youth in Stressed Environments study ( ). RYSE is a five-year international study of resilience among youth ages 15-24 in communities affected by changing social and environmental conditions related to oil and gas production.

The RRC is seeking a dynamic individual with an interest in developing expertise in mixed methods research related to social ecological resilience. This postdoctoral fellowship will be under the primary supervision of Dr. Matthew Schnurr, Department of International Development Studies, Dalhousie University.


  • Conduct participatory, culturally-sensitive research with youth and families in communities in Western Canada (Drayton Valley, Alberta) and South Africa (Secunda, Mpumalanga).
  • Design measures to evaluate the impact of environmental factors on community health and youth resilience
  • Participate in the review and analysis of relevant environmental and ecological databases and disseminate results in academic forums (conferences, journal articles) and community-based initiatives.
  • Analyze, document, and archive important ecological, physical, chemical, and social science data from research sites, with a focus on environmental issues and social impact on youth and communities.
  • Assist with ethics submissions and report writing.
  • Assist with training and supervision of youth Citizen Scientists to monitor environmental change.
  • Advise on knowledge mobilization strategies, and lead knowledge mobilization initiatives

Note: While based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, it is expected that the candidate will be based predominantly in Drayton Valley, Alberta, with a 3-month field work opportunity in South Africa.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a PhD in environmental science, geography, earth systems, ecosystem management or a related field, with expertise in social-ecological systems. Advanced knowledge and experience collecting or working with ecological data is essential. Demonstrated ability to work effectively across cultures and with diverse stakeholders is an asset, as well as understanding risk and resilience issues and demonstrated sensitivity working with children and youth. Candidates should have a proven track record of research and publication.

Salary Range: $42,000/year including benefits
Start Date: May 1, 2018
Duration of appointment: One-year term position (with possible renewal for an additional year).
Deadline for application: To receive full consideration, applications should be received by April 16; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Interested parties should forward a cover letter, current CV, and contact information of 2-3 references to:

Eric Twum-Antwi -

We thank all applicants, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.