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Posted December
16 2020

Academic, Employment: Postdoctoral Fellow

Area of Research:  Political Behavior and Political Communication

Description of duties:  The postdoctoral fellow will be mainly responsible for designing and executing surveys and experiments and writing collaborative papers.

 Salary: $45,000 per year, plus standard benefits

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 and enthusiasm for collaborative research

Who we are:

The Policy, Elections, and Representation Lab (PEARL) ( is hiring a postdoctoral fellow in political behaviour and political communication.

Led by Professor Peter Loewen, PEARL is a team of postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, and master’s 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 three big questions:  How do individuals make decisions about politics? How do politicians make policy and represent citizens? And how is technology changing governance and politics?

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 using the subject line “PEARL Postdoc —

[Your Name]


  • A covering letter outlining how you meet the qualifications for the position
  • Your CV
  • A research sample that showcases your skills (e.g., a dissertation chapter, a conference paper, or a published article)
  • The names of two academic referees

Closing date: January 15, 2021

Supervisor:  Professor Peter Loewen

Expected start date:  As soon as possible

Term: 12 months

 Location: Initially remote, but transitioning to in-person work at the University’s downtown Toronto campus when circumstances permit

 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.

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Posted November
16 2020

Academic: Associate Professor – Applied Economics

The Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment in the area of Applied Economics, with a focus on developing regions. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Economics, with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing strengths. The Munk School seeks a scholar with an empirical research agenda in the field of applied economics, with a focus on developing regions. Preference will be given to candidates with research relating to South Asia, Southeast Asia, and/or Africa. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. Candidates with evidence of or demonstrable interest in policy engagement will be strongly preferred. The successful candidate will teach applied economics courses in both of the Munk School’s professional graduate programs (the Master of Global Affairs and the Master of Public Policy) to students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience teaching economics in a professional school, and experience in an interdisciplinary environment.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked Economics and field-relevant academic journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, a successful and solid record of attracting research grants, other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the field, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong endorsements of teaching in the letters of reference.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For more information about the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto St. George campus, please visit our home page at

All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, up to two publications or working papers, and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead, dated, and signed) to by the closing date.

PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at If you have questions about this position, please contact

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by January 6, 2021.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
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.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

Deadline: January 6, 2021

Posted March
20 2019

Academic, Research: Student Research Opportunity – Reach Project

Are you curious about the delivery of interventions to those who are most in need? Does the idea of conducting world-class research in a global, interdisciplinary setting get you excited? If you answered ‘yes’ to both, you might want to apply for a spot in our 2019/20 Reach Project cohort.

Led by principal investigator Joseph Wong and other advisors and faculty mentors, our student researchers have uncovered new insights into how we can address important challenges, such as HIV transmission from mothers to their children in Thailand, or providing hard-to-reach populations in India with access to government services through biometric proof of identity.

You can learn more about the Reach Project through the links below:

Who can apply?

All current undergraduate and graduate students from across U of T* can apply. Previous Reach Project researchers have come from a variety of different academic backgrounds, including law, global affairs, health, economics, genome biology, business, engineering, and much more. What we’re looking for is a diverse mix of curiosity-driven researchers.

*You need to be enrolled during the 2019/20 academic year to be eligible.

Please note
the Reach Project has not yet confirmed its funding for the 2019/20 academic year. The development of these case studies is dependent on the confirmation of funding.

Admissions process

The first step in the admissions process is to submit an application. Your application includes four parts:

1. Your cover letter: We’d like to know more about you. Tell us what experience, interests and skills you could add to the team.
2. Your resume: Please outline your accomplishments, skills and abilities to date.
3. A short writing sample: This could be a blog post, a short essay or a memo (3-page maximum) that demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely.
4. An unofficial transcript: Please provide a copy of your unofficial transcript.

Please submit all four items as one single file (either PDF or word document). Please ensure each part of your application is provided in the order listed above (with cover letter first, and unofficial transcript last).

Please send your application to When submitting your application, please use the subject-line:  REACH APP – (Your name)

Applications are due by 10 April at 1:00 PM EST (13:00 EST). Late applications will not be accepted.

The second step in the admissions process is a group interview. Group interviews will take place during the last two weeks in May. Candidates who are selected for the group interviews will have the option to participate in-person or by video call.


As a Reach Project researcher, what am I expected to do?

You will conduct secondary, data-driven research on development initiatives that have done well at reaching marginalized, underserved communities, before spending time in the field, conducting in-depth interviews with stakeholders. After your field research trip, you are going to generate a case study, shining a light on the tools for success behind a particular service or development intervention.

What country will I go to for my fieldwork?

Where your fieldwork takes place is going to depend on which case study team you are placed on. So far, Reach Project researchers have travelled to Brazil, Thailand, Rwanda, India, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.

Do I have to pay for costs associated to my fieldwork?

No. The Reach Project pays for your travel costs*, including flights, accommodation, vaccinations** and visas. We also provide a per diem to cover expenses that occur on the ground.

*As stated above, the Reach Project has not yet confirmed its funding for the 2019/20 year. Fieldwork is dependent upon the confirmation of funding.

**Students are expected to have health insurance, travel insurance, and a valid passport. The Reach Project will cover the difference between the actual vaccination cost and the amount covered by your health insurance.

Will I be paid for my work with the Reach Project and/or receive academic credit?

This is an unpaid research position. Please also note that we can’t provide academic credit for work as a Reach Project student researcher.

How much time do I have to commit?

During the academic year, you will meet with your case study team on a bi-weekly basis at minimum. These meetings typically take place during business hours or in the evenings, but meetings can also take place in the morning and occasionally on weekends. You will also be expected to attend a series of workshops and seminars, hosted during the workday, in the evenings, and occasionally on weekends. The workload will increase as we approach fieldwork and have to coordinate with participants, develop a schedule, develop and refine our interview instruments, and sort out logistics. This busy time period will overlap with your final exams and assignments in the winter term, so researchers will need to possess excellent time management skills.

Fieldwork is expected to place during April or May 2020, so researchers have to be willing to travel during those months. Fieldwork typically lasts 1-2 weeks.

After fieldwork, student researchers work with their team to complete the case study report. The case study report will be written over the summer of 2020. The report will be finalized in fall 2020.

I will be on exchange for a semester. Am I still eligible to apply?

Due to the demanding workload, and the requirement for ongoing communication among teammates, we, unfortunately, can’t accept researchers who will be on exchange.

Will my research be published in an academic journal?

Reach Project case studies are not intended for publication in academic journals. Your team will prepare a written report that is made available online for free. Reach Project students can collaborate on developing a manuscript for a journal after their case study report is completed. However, the development of a manuscript for an academic journal is not a component of the Reach Project program.

Do you have other questions?

Please contact the Reach Project at

Deadline: April 10, 2019

Posted September
23 2017

Research: Researchers and Compliance Analysts for the G7 and G20 Research Groups

The G7 Research Group and the G20 Research Group based at the Munk School of Global Affairs always welcome volunteer Researchers and Compliance Analysts. The Research Groups conduct various research projects, including analyzing compliance with commitments made at G7 and G20 summits on issues related to climate change, gender equality, trade, global macroeconomic issues, financial regulatory reform, corruption, energy and many other issues. Other research projects might involve analyzing media coverage or civil society engagement in the G7 and G20 process. The two groups serve as the world’s leading independent sources of research and analysis on the G7 and the G20.

The Summit Studies sections of the G7 and G20 Research Groups are responsible for producing the annual and final compliance reports for each summit. These reports are published on the G7 Information Centre website and the G20 Information Centre website and distributed to the participating governments, international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders as well as to the media. The Summit Studies sections oversee the recruitment process for those volunteers, as well as for other projects they have developed.

Other research opportunities may be available through the G7 Research Group and the G20 Research Group. These might focus on specific issues and involve retroactive compliance or econometric analysis as well as other tasks.

Compliance Analyst:

Compliance analysts are responsible for writing, editing and updating analytical reports on G7 or G20 members’ compliance with the commitments they make at annual summits. Compliance analysts are responsible for conducting research on and writing individual country compliance reports within their assigned commitment. Compliance analysts are assigned a lead analyst, who provides some background information on the commitment, as well as directions for assigning compliance scores to the members they are assessing.

Compliance analysts are expected to:

  • Conduct thorough research on their commitments and members;
  • Maintain regular communication with their lead analyst (including attending meetings scheduled by lead analysts);
  • Email their lead analysts with any and all questions related to reports or other related issues;
  • Submit their reports by assigned deadlines;
  • Follow up on any requests made by their lead analysts before and after their assigned deadlines; and
  • Inform their lead analysts of any schedule changes or issues that might prevent them from meeting their commitments for the duration of the compliance cycle.

Compliance analysts may also have opportunities over the course of the compliance cycle to take on additional responsibility for material in the compliance report, and to apply for a position on the G7 or G20 Research Group Field Team or Home Team.

The Summit Studies section recruits volunteers at the start of each academic year, but there can be opportunities to participate throughout the year. Participants do not need to be students at the University of Toronto, nor do they have to be geographically based in Toronto. To inquire about getting involved, please contact the G7 Research Group at or the G20 Research Group at

Deadline: Open



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