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Postdoctoral Fellow, Policy, Elections, & Representation Lab Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Area of Research: Political Behaviour, Politics of Technology, Misinformation & Disinformation, and Political Communication

Description of Duties: The postdoctoral fellow will be mainly responsible for leading a large research project on the information ecosystem in Canada. The postdoctoral fellow will also be expected to con- tribute to the preparation of survey projects, analysis of survey data, and the writing of collaborative papers resulting from this project for both academic and public-facing publication.

Salary: $75,000 per year, plus standard benefits

Closing Date: January 15, 2024

Supervisor: Professor Peter Loewen Expected Start Date: As soon as possible Required Qualifications:

  • A completed PhD in political science or a related field (e.g., public policy or economics)
  • Experience programming and fielding online surveys using Qualtrics
  • Experience designing and programming survey experiments
  • Experience with quantitative analysis – including the analysis of observational and experimental data – using either R or Stata
  • Substantive expertise in the study of political behavior and political communication (country area open)
  • An interest in – and a willingness to learn about – Canadian politics
  • Strong interpersonal skills, enthusiasm for collaborative research, and leadership acumen

Policy, Elections, & Representation Lab (PEARL):

The Policy, Elections, and Representation Lab (PEARL) ( is hiring a post- doctoral fellow. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for leading research projects on the media ecosystem in Canada, public opinion, and political behaviour. The position gives substantial opportunity for large-scale data collection on the postdoc’s questions of interest.

Led by Professor Peter Loewen, PEARL is a team of postdoctoral fellows and PhD students located in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy ( at the University of Toronto (

PEARL’s mission is to deliver timely, academically rigorous, and publicly relevant research that answers four big questions: How do individuals make decisions about politics? How do politicians make policy and represent citizens? How is technology changing governance and politics? What are the political and social contexts and consequences of COVID-19? Much of this work reflects our broader interests in politicians, citizens, and technology. Our research is principally empirical, combining various forms of survey data with experiments (including field, lab, and survey experiments). We also use text-as-data, administrative records, and social media data.

We offer a welcoming and supportive work environment with significant opportunities for collaboration, learning, academic publication, and publicly-engaged research.

Application Instructions:

All individuals interested in the position must submit the following documents by the closing date to Lee Slinger, Manager, PEARL, at using the subject line “PEARL Postdoc – [Your Name]”:


  • A cover letter outlining how you meet the qualifications for the position
  • Your academic CV
  • A research sample that showcases your research ability (e.g., a dissertation chapter, a conference paper, or a published article)
  • The names and contact information for two academic referees (Your referees will only be contacted once you’ve advanced to the interview round)


Term: 12 months

Location: In-person work at the University’s downtown Toronto campus in our physical Lab space at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

FTE: This is a full-time position. The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow, recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons, persons of colour, women, Indigenous Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.