Research Associate

Dr. Vince Hopkins, Assistant Professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, is recruiting a full-time, term Research Associate. The term is from December 2022 to February 2024 (15 months) with the possibility of renewal. The salary offered is up to $60,450 per annum ($31 per hour), and the position will work fully remotely.

Primary Purpose

The Behavioural Public Policy Lab is an interdisciplinary research unit housed in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan, one of Canada’s U15 major research institutions. We use behavioural science to improve access to public services. We focus on positive impact, working closely with policy makers to find out what works (and what doesn’t).

The Research Associate supports research activities at the Behavioural Public Policy Lab, including experimental design and analysis, day-to-day operations, stakeholder liaison, and project management. This is an ideal position for a candidate looking to gain additional research experience before applying for Ph.D. programs or for someone considering a career in applied research.

Accountabilities

  • Support research activities, including experimental design/analysis, literature reviews, and ethics applications
  • Create and manage project roadmaps, track progress, identify issues, and manage risks
  • Monitor the budget related to project expenses (e.g. travel, contracts) and staffing
  • Co-author academic manuscripts and policy reports
  • Contribute to community engagement, including Indigenous communities, while exercising judgment, tact, and cultural sensitivity

Education

Master’s degree (completed or in progress) in psychology, economics, political science, public policy, or another area of social or behavioural science

Experience

This position requires previous research experience, as well as a minimum of one year of experience managing projects and complex assignments and at least one year of experience building collaborative relationships and/or partnerships. Additionally, the position requires demonstrated interest in social or behavioural science research.

Skills

Preference may be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following: user experience design or data science, working in the public sector or in applied policy contexts, and conducting research in an Indigenous context.

To Apply

Interested applicants must apply by December 2, 2022, and include the following in their application, in a single PDF file:

  • One-page cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the experience and skills requirements,
  • Curriculum vitae, and
  • Names and contact information for at least two references.

Applications should be submitted through the University of Saskatchewan portal.

Individuals who are interested in the position are encouraged to email vince.hopkins@usask.ca.

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

Senior Behavioural Scientist

Dr. Vince Hopkins, Assistant Professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, is recruiting a full-time, term Senior Behavioural Scientist. The term is from December 2022 to February 2024 (15 months) with the possibility of renewal. The salary offered is up to $100,000 per annum (~$52 per hour), and the position will work fully remotely.

Primary Purpose

The Behavioural Public Policy Lab is an interdisciplinary research unit housed in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan, one of Canada’s U15 major research institutions. We use behavioural science to improve access to public services. We focus on positive impact, working closely with policy makers to find out what works (and what doesn’t).

The Senior Behavioural Scientist combines expertise in social and behavioural science with experimental methodology to co-design and test solutions to social and economic problems. The position will also be responsible for communicating findings to academic audiences and policymakers.

Accountabilities

  • Design large-scale, digital field experiments using best practices and ethical standards from the social and behavioural sciences
  • Develop behaviourally informed interventions to a standard that could lead to publication in refereed journals and respected publications
  • Conduct timely, evidence-based literature reviews
  • Co-author academic manuscripts and policy reports
  • Oversee data collection, including record linkage of administrative and survey data
  • Contribute to community engagement, including Indigenous communities, while exercising judgment, tact, and cultural sensitivity

Education

A Ph.D. (completed or in progress) in psychology, economics, political science, or another area of social or behavioural science.

Experience

This position requires previous research experience and a track record of academic, peer-reviewed publication. Preference may be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following: user experience design or data science, working in the public sector or in applied policy contexts, and conducting research in an Indigenous context.

Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to present complex scientific findings to academic audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to design, implement, and analyze randomized experiments
  • Demonstrated statistical competency in at least one programming language, such as R, Python, or Stata

To Apply

Interested applicants must apply by December 2, 2022, and include the following in their application, in a single PDF file:

  • One-page cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the experience and skills requirements,
  • Curriculum vitae, and
  • Names and contact information for at least two references.

Applications should be submitted through the University of Saskatchewan portal.

Individuals who are interested in the position are encouraged to email vince.hopkins@usask.ca

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

Assistant Professor (Economics & Economic Policy)

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) is recruiting for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting July 1, 2023. The position will be based at our University of Saskatchewan (USask) campus. If you are interested in becoming part of transformative change at JSGS as we continue the exciting process of faculty renewal at our USask campus, read on.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a highly productive research program, teach courses, supervise graduate students, and participate in administrative activities, including meetings and committee work.

The successful candidate will teach across JSGS’ academic programs (five graduate programs and several graduate certificates). The development of new courses may substitute for course instruction in some cases. The position will focus on teaching courses primarily in economics and economic policy. Research expertise in innovation and/or sustainability policy with an interest in energy, natural resources, or agriculture policy would be an asset.

Candidate Qualities

We are looking for a new scholarly colleague with a doctoral degree and a research track record in economics or economic policy. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate promise of excellence in teaching and research.

The ability to add to JSGS’s research expertise, methodological diversity, excellence in online teaching, and public engagement will be strong assets. Experience in the public sector and/or other applied policy contexts would be an asset.

Candidates who will attract our attention are high-impact scholars whose ambitions resonate with the JSGS brand of high-quality graduate education and outstanding interdisciplinary research. We are seeking candidates who will contribute vitality to our school’s graduate programming, both in person and online (visit https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/ for the full listing), our ambitious research agenda, and a dynamic academic culture.

This is an open invitation for you to challenge us with your creative and innovative research and approaches to teaching and demonstrate how your work will have a positive impact on society.

Detail

The successful candidate will be offered a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The salary range for Assistant Professors is $98,178 to $117,978 per annum.

To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are asked to send a letter of motivation (including your vision on education if you were to join JSGS and indicating which courses in our graduate programs that you are qualified to teach) and a detailed CV as a single PDF file to jsgs-hr@usask.ca. The subject line should read, “Assistant Professor – Economics & Econ Policy”.

The consideration of applications will begin on November 21, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide three letters of reference and, as part of the interview process, to deliver a synchronous teaching demonstration and a seminar on their area of research and how it connects to JSGS.

Due to federal immigration requirements, we ask candidates to indicate whether they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or are otherwise already authorized to work permanently in Canada, with an explanation if this last category is indicated.

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

About JSGS

Named after Albert W. Johnson and Thomas K. Shoyama, two of Saskatchewan’s best-known public servants who went on to illustrious careers with the federal government, JSGS is the first provincial school of its kind and is the product of an innovative and successful partnership between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.

In its second decade of operations, JSGS strives to be a world-class policy school that educates, informs, and engages with public policy and administration. Our unique two-campus model brings together faculty and staff from two universities and several disciplines, as well as a host of Executives-in-Residence with many years of practical experience in government.

About the University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. USask’s main campus is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community, and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 24,000.

Assistant Professor (Governance and Public Policy)

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) is recruiting for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting July 1, 2023. The position will be based at our University of Saskatchewan (USask) campus. If you are interested in becoming part of transformative change at JSGS as we continue the exciting process of faculty renewal at our USask campus, read on.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a highly productive research program, teach courses, supervise graduate students, and participate in administrative activities, including meetings and committee work.

The successful candidate will teach across JSGS’ academic programs (five graduate programs and several graduate certificates). The development of new courses may substitute for course instruction in some cases. The position will focus on teaching courses primarily in governance and Canadian public policy. Research expertise in innovation and/or sustainability policy with an interest in energy, natural resources, or agriculture policy would be an asset.

Candidate Qualities

We are looking for a new scholarly colleague with a doctoral degree and a research track record in an area related to governance and Canadian public policy. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate promise of excellence in teaching and research.

The ability to add to JSGS’s research expertise, methodological diversity, excellence in online teaching, and public engagement will be strong assets. Experience in the public sector and/or other applied policy contexts would be an asset.

Candidates who will attract our attention are high-impact scholars whose ambitions resonate with the JSGS brand of high-quality graduate education and outstanding interdisciplinary research. We are seeking candidates who will contribute vitality to our school’s graduate programming, both in person and online (visit https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/ for the full listing), our ambitious research agenda, and a dynamic academic culture.

This is an open invitation for you to challenge us with your creative and innovative research and approaches to teaching and demonstrate how your work will have a positive impact on society.

Details

The successful candidate will be offered a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The salary range for Assistant Professors is $98,178 to $117,978 per annum.

To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are asked to send a letter of motivation (including your vision on
education if you were to join JSGS and indicating which courses in our graduate programs that you are
qualified to teach) and a detailed CV as a single PDF file to jsgs-hr@usask.ca. The subject line should
read, “Assistant Professor – Gov & Public Policy”.

The consideration of applications will begin on November 21, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide three letters of reference and, as part of the interview process, to deliver a synchronous teaching demonstration and a seminar on their area of research and how it connects to JSGS.

Due to federal immigration requirements, we ask candidates to indicate whether they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or are otherwise already authorized to work permanently in Canada, with an explanation if this last category is indicated.

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

About JSGS

Named after Albert W. Johnson and Thomas K. Shoyama, two of Saskatchewan’s best-known public servants who went on to illustrious careers with the federal government, JSGS is the first provincial school of its kind and is the product of an innovative and successful partnership between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.

In its second decade of operations, JSGS strives to be a world-class policy school that educates, informs, and engages with public policy and administration. Our unique two-campus model brings together faculty and staff from two universities and several disciplines, as well as a host of Executives-in-Residence with many years of practical experience in government.

About the University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. USask’s main campus is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community, and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 24,000.

Student Recruitment and Events Coordinator

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) invites applications for a Student Recruitment and Events Coordinator.

The main roles of this position are to perform the duties required to recruit for, market, and promote the JSGS graduate programs to prospective students and to provide academic advising to prospective students, as well as recruit students (professionals in the public sector) to the Executive Education programs. This position will also coordinate student events in collaboration with JSGS Student Association and the Student Experience Officer.

Duties include:

  • implementation of specific aspects of planning and executing events to gain the attention and interest of prospective students;
  • attending career fairs and providing informational presentations, both on and off campus, and throughout the province, and nationally to prospective students. There may also be some international recruitment involved.
  • recruiting of prospective students also involves tracking prospective students and converting them to application and enrolment stages.

Academic advising involves providing advice and guidance to prospective students who are interested in pursuing a program in the School. This includes both academic programs and Executive Education programs targeting mid-career and senior government officials and employees.

The position has oversight of the JSGS Student Association, which includes oversight of elections, mentoring the new leaders, oversight of events organized by the JSA such as Wine and Cheese and policy shop, as well as other student events. The incumbent will take the lead and work with the Student Experience Officer and other staff on orientation, case competitions, and poster competitions.

Position Requirements

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree preferably in Public Policy or Public Administration is an asset
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Skill Requirements:

    • proven ability to balance multiple tasks and projects
    • proven ability to work both independently and as a team member, to exercise discretionary decision-making in identifying and resolving complex problems, and the interpersonal skills to establish effective working relationships with a broad range of partners and clients within and beyond the School
    • proven ability to meet deadlines
    • Verbal and non-verbal skills – one-to-one student appointments and telephone inquiries; maturity, empathy and tact to deal with sensitive, emotional conversations; cultural and racial sensitivity is always required
    • Presentations and recruitment events – courtesy and tact in communicating information about the school and using interpretive skills and discretion when answering inquiries about the faculty and after-program careers
    • Ability to relate to and develop a good rapport with various client groups
    • Ability to prepare and deliver effective presentations and promotional material to prospective students and clients
    • Must be able to respond in an effective manner when making presentations and being asked questions
    • Must be able to speak to large or small groups with poise and confidence, while possessing strong presentation skills
    • Communicating courteously and tactfully with faculty, staff, students, various units on campus, government ministry officials, and community members on and off-campus

Position Details

  • Pay Grade: APT 4
  • Salary Range: $60,172 - $81,196 Annually
  • Status: Term
  • Work Hours: Regular hours of work from Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30 occur. Travel provincially and nationally to career fairs results in irregular work hours and overtime. This position entails long hours at times. The incumbent will spend significant time in airports, on the road, and in hotel rooms, often by themselves (10 to 20 times per year)
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Full-time/Part-Time: Full time
  • Target posting: No Targeted

Applications will be accepted until October 23, 2022

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications to the University of Regina's Career System, including a cover letter and current CV.

Competition no: 20220314A/S

The University of Regina is committed to an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the community that we serve. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.

Research Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) invites applications for four (4) full-time positions at the level of research associate or postdoctoral researcher for the project entitled, Governing Sustainable Municipalities. Knowledge of and interest in one or more of the following policy areas are required: sustainability, environment, energy, municipal governance, labour market, skills training, public policy, and social engagement.

The researchers will conduct research to answer four primary questions:

  1. What is the current state of municipal preparedness for sustainability?
  2. What are the key facilitators of and barriers to sustainability in the municipal sector?
  3. How can municipal sustainability initiatives engage underserved groups, particularly Indigenous peoples, racialized people, 2SLGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities?
  4. What is a strategy to move forward with municipal sustainability in its broadest context?

For appointment as a postdoctoral researcher, the successful candidate will have completed a Ph.D. in a social sciences field, such as public policy or governance, political science, economics, environmental studies, geography, sociology, psychology, anthropology, or a related discipline. For appointment as a research associate, the successful candidate will have completed at least a master’s degree in one of the identified disciplines.

JSGS is seeking candidates who have an established record of research productivity, independent investigation, innovation, and initiative. Experience with qualitative analysis is a strong asset. Experience engaging with one or more of the following stakeholder groups is a strong asset: governments, Crown corporations, the private sector, the non-profit sector, Indigenous peoples, racialized people, 2SLGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities.

These positions are for up to a one-year term beginning as soon as possible. The remuneration will be $65,000 annually plus benefits. These research positions are funded through a research grant to JSGS from the Future Skills Centre. The successful candidates are expected to be in residence at JSGS, either at the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina.

Applications will be considered as they are received and will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications to the University of Saskatchewan’s Applicant Tracking System in a single PDF file, including:

  • a cover letter;
  • current CV;
  • a one-page (maximum) research statement that describes the connection between your research and one (or more) of the policy areas listed above; and
  • the names and contact information for three references.

These positions are open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and international applicants currently living and qualified to work in Canada.

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. It is one of Canada’s leading policy schools for educating graduate students and public servants interested in improving public management and creating public value. JSGS offers four professional graduate programs, two research-based programs – Master's and Ph.D. in Public Policy – 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 with colleagues in the public service and industry, they enrich the evidence base on which policymakers can draw in order to develop policies and programs that positively impact the needs of Canadians. 

Graduate Student Research Assistants

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) invites applications for six (6) graduate student Research Assistants for the project entitled Governing Sustainable Municipalities, funded through a research grant to JSGS from the Future Skills Centre.

Supervisor: Senior Project Manager for the research project
Status: Casual, up to 20 hours per week
Employment Group: Graduate Students - PSAC
Rate of Pay: $22.12 per hour (graduate student rate)
Duration of Employment: ASAP to April 30, 2023

Typical Duties or Accountabilities:

  • Conduct literature review on research topics (sustainability, environment, energy, municipal governance, labour market, skills training, public policy, social engagement)
  • Assist with the design and implementation of an index of Saskatchewan municipalities’ sustainability initiatives
  • Assist with the design of a database and do data entry
  • Assist with application(s) for ethics approval
  • Other project-related tasks as assigned

Education: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a social sciences discipline. Preference will be given to graduate students enrolled in a program at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina, but graduate students in other University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina programs are encouraged to apply.

Experience: Experience conducting or assisting with social sciences research is required. Conducting literature reviews and/or qualitative data analysis would be an asset. Experience with databases would be an asset.

Skills and Abilities

  • Qualitative data collection and analysis skills
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively in informal and formal teams with people from diverse communities, cultures, and perspectives
  • Commitment to modeling a positive, diverse, and inclusive work and learning environment by actively engaging in mentoring, self-awareness learning opportunities, relationship building, and communication
  • Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs

To apply:

Applications will be considered beginning September 8, 2022, and will be accepted until the positions are filled. Applying early is encouraged.

  • Applicants must include the following in a single PDF file: cover letter, CV/resume, and references.
  • Applications must be sent via email to jsgs-hr@usask.ca. The subject line should read: “Application - RA, GSM project”.

Where a USask graduate student is hired, they would be in-scope of PSAC.

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. It is one of Canada’s leading policy schools for educating graduate students and public servants interested in improving public management and creating public value. JSGS offers four professional graduate programs, two research-based programs – Master’s and PhD in Public Policy – 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 with colleagues in the public service and industry, they enrich the evidence base on which policymakers can draw in order to develop policies and programs that positively impact the needs of Canadians. Visit our website for more information about JSGS.