Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Conservation Science (Human Dimensions) and/or Social Science – Carleton University & University of Ottawa

We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to work with a collaborative team of researchers from Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and UBC (Vancouver). The research concerns the role of genomics knowledge and technologies in rainbow trout and steelhead salmon policy and management in Western Canada. We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow with interest and experience in the human dimensions of conservation science and/or the social sciences (such as, but not limited to, environmental sociology, knowledge mobilization and exchange, science and technology studies, and/or studies of expertise and experience). The research fellow will play a key role in analyzing and synthesizing data, and preparing manuscripts for publication.


The position is available to be filled starting March or April 2020, with some flexibility in start date, and is expected to be of one-year duration with possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability. The research fellow will be mentored by Dr. Steven Cooke at Carleton University and Dr. Nathan Young at the University of Ottawa. Duties, selection criteria and application details are outlined below.


Position Duties

  1. Analyze qualitative and quantitative data relating to applications of genomics research on rainbow trout and steelhead salmon, including public and stakeholder perceptions and priorities, knowledge exchange and mobilization, and policy and management implications.


  1. Work with colleagues and graduate students to prepare manuscripts for publication.


  1. Coordinate meetings and workshops that bring together academic and non-academic stakeholders to communicate findings and engage in knowledge co-production activities.


Selection Criteria

Skills and Qualifications

  1. PhD in the area of ecology, biology, sociology, and/or related social sciences. (Essential)


  1. Expert knowledge in one or more aspects of the human dimensions of conservation science or resource management; and/or in empirical social sciences (Essential)


  1. Ability to establish effective relationships between academics and the wider community (Essential)


  1. Strong technical skills in one or more of the following areas: quantitative social science data analysis, qualitative social science data analysis (Essential)


  1. Knowledge of genomics and/or freshwater fisheries management policies and procedures in Western Canada (Desirable)



  1. Contribution to research in the form of peer-reviewed publications in the international literature (Essential)


  1. Previous work with academic and non-academic partners on an applied scientific project. (Desirable)


Application details

Applicants should send the following to Dr. Nathan Young (nathan.young@uottawa.ca) and Dr. Steven Cooke (steven.cooke@carleton.ca) by February 15 2020: 1) Cover letter, briefly indicating how the applicant meets the selection criteria; 2) Curriculum Vitae; and 3) Contact details for three references. Informal inquiries regarding the positions can be directed to Cooke and Young via email.  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


The research fellowship will involve activities at both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

Carleton University and the University of Ottawa are among Canada’s leading research universities. Both are committed to fostering diversity within their communities. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our universities including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Our universities understand that career paths vary.  Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be taken into careful consideration