Houston Family Research Fellow

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral researcher. Knowledge of and interest in human health and well-being with a particular focus on inequality and social policy is required. Research featuring international and comparative perspectives that sheds a unique light on the Canadian situation is especially welcome, as are projects that seek to compare provinces and municipalities.

The successful candidate will have recently completed their PhD in a relevant field prior to assuming the position. We are seeking candidates who have an established record of research productivity, independent investigation, creativity, and initiative and should be committed to evidence-based policy change. Experience engaging with the media and general public is also valuable.

This position is for a one-year term with the possibility of a one-year renewal. The Research Fellow is funded in part by the Houston Family Trust for Evidence-Based Public Policy, and the remuneration will be $50,000.

Applications will be reviewed commencing June 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates are invited to send their applications – including a cover letter, a short research proposal, current CV, and the names of and contact information for three references to:

Ms. Amber McCuaig, Manager and Executive Assistant to the Director
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Saskatchewan Campus
141 – 101 Diefenbaker Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B8 Canada
Email: amber.mccuaig@usask.ca 
[If applying via email, please submit a single PDF file compiling all documents.]

The selection process will be managed by the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and the Trust Committee.

About the Houston Family Trust for Evidence-Based Public Policy

Stuart and Mary Houston, as a reflection of their lifelong commitment to social justice particularly as it involves health and income inequalities, established the Houston Family Trust for Evidence-Based Public Policy at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

About the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy was established in June 2007 as a collaboration between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. Since then, it has swiftly become one of Canada’s leading policy schools for educating graduate students and public servants interested in improving public management and creating public value. Today, JSGS offers six graduate programs, six master’s certificates, and a number of executive education options. JSGS faculty members are highly engaged in teaching, research and writing that have an impact on issues affecting Canadians and the global community. Working together and alongside colleagues in the public service and industry, JSGS faculty have advanced knowledge related to innovation, science and technology policy, social policy and inequality, and governance. Together, they enrich the evidence base on which policymakers can draw in order to develop policies and programs that positively impact the needs of Canadians. For more information, visit www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca.

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), in collaboration with Indigenous Works – a national organization specializing in workplace inclusion strategies and corporate/Indigenous partnership development – is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to play a key role in a multi-year study of the engagement of Indigenous communities with resource companies and industries.

This new research initiative will develop a deeper understanding of partnership competencies and create a new partnership benchmarking system and learning program. The project is further supported by Mitacs, the leading funder of applied professional research in Canada. This initiative is led by Dr. Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation on behalf of the JSGS and Indigenous Works.

The postdoctoral fellow will play a major role in the development of the research plan, the training of other team members, and the coordination of the research project. The successful candidate will have recently completed their PhD in an appropriate social science discipline. Knowledge of organizational development systems, models, and approaches will be an asset. The successful candidate will have a solid background in research design and community-based research methodologies. They will also have experience working with Indigenous communities and will be interested in participating in a major national team project.

The postdoctoral fellowship will be for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2018, and will be based at the JSGS’s University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The position will require some travel to meet with team members across Canada and, in particular, to conduct community-based research in Indigenous communities.

Applications will be reviewed commencing March 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates are invited to send their applications – including a cover letter, current CV, and the names of three references to:

Dr. Ken Coates
Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation
Attn: Indigenous Works Partnership Benchmarking Project
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Room 181 – 101 Diefenbaker Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5B8

About the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) was established in June 2007 as a collaboration between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. Since then, it has swiftly become one of Canada’s leading policy schools for educating graduate students and public servants interested in improving public management and creating public value. Today, JSGS offers six graduate programs, six master’s certificates, and a number of executive education options.

JSGS faculty members are highly engaged in teaching, research and writing that have an impact on issues affecting Canadians and the global community. Working together and alongside colleagues in the public service and industry, JSGS faculty have advanced knowledge related to innovation, science and technology policy, social policy and inequality, and governance. Together, they enrich the evidence base on which policymakers can draw in order to develop policies and programs that positively impact the needs of Canadians.

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Northern Engagement and Policy Development

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow (PDF) for a two-year term. The PDF will assist with a project funded by Mitacs and Western Economic Diversification on northern engagement and policy development. The initiative is designed to help member communities in Northwest Saskatchewan by expanding their capacity in policy making and program evaluation. The founding communities include Beauval, Ile a la Crosse, and La Loche. The postdoctoral fellow will work on a variety of northern policy initiatives, as directed by the project Board of Governors and the project leader and Principal Investigator, Dr. Ken Coates.

The student will work with Dr. Ken Coates to explore challenges of the community planning in relation to access to lands, energy supplies, social development, resource development, the creation of new businesses, and the preparation of community-centred policies and program evaluations. 

This position is based in Northwest Saskatchewan, at a location to be determined in consultation with the successful incumbent. Candidates to be considered will have a solid community-based research background and familiarity with the challenges and opportunities facing northern and Indigenous peoples in the provincial North in Canada.

Completed applications should be submitted by March 30, 2018, to Dr. Ken Coates (ken.coates@usask.ca). Applicants should submit a brief description of their qualifications for the position, with an emphasis on their research abilities and interest in working with northern communities, as well as a CV and an unofficial copy of their academic transcript.

About the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) was established in June 2007 as a collaboration between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. Since then, it has swiftly become one of Canada’s leading policy schools for educating graduate students and public servants interested in improving public management and creating public value. Today, JSGS offers six graduate programs, six master’s certificates, and a number of executive education options.

JSGS faculty members are highly engaged in teaching, research and writing that have an impact on issues affecting Canadians and the global community. Working together and alongside colleagues in the public service and industry, JSGS faculty have advanced knowledge related to innovation, science and technology policy, social policy and inequality, and governance. Together, they enrich the evidence base on which policymakers can draw in order to develop policies and programs that positively impact the needs of Canadians.