Postdoctoral Fellow in Inclusive Economies

  • Contract
  • Canada

University of Alberta

This is a two years term position and this position offers a benefits package found at Postdoctoral Fellows Benefits .

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Department/Faculty Summary:

CUP is a unique collaboration of researchers, practitioners, community organizations and members, funders, and policy makers across Alberta. We are committed to improving the development of children, youth, families, and communities by creating or mobilizing evidence-informed knowledge that impacts programs, practices, and policies. CUP has a 20-year history of collaborative community-based research experience. CUP works closely with the EndPovertyEdmonton (EPE) Secretariat, which is a community-led, anti-poverty organization in Edmonton. EPE brings together people impacted by poverty, community leaders, and government (municipal, provincial, federal, and Indigenous) to collectively eliminate poverty in our city. Dr. Maria Mayan is a member of the EPE Stewardship Roundtable.

Position Summary:

Supervised by Dr. Mayan, the PDF will support a 2-year CIHR-funded project exploring how an inclusive economy approach can be used to eliminate poverty in Edmonton. The PDF will work alongside the EPE Secretariat and EPE partners (community agencies, funders, government partners) to contribute to existing and emergent EPE projects related to inclusive economies; design and execute research projects (primary and secondary) using various methodologies; develop knowledge mobilization products (e.g., research briefs); build collaborative relationships and projects amongst academic and community experts to fill research gaps and build specialist knowledge capacity; and identify relevant funding opportunities to support the EPE-CUP partnership. CUP offers a supportive environment within which the PDF will strengthen their research skills, exercise creative and innovative thinking, and develop networks of collaborators within academia, government, and the social sector.

The PDF’s appointment will be at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB, Canada. The PDF may need to travel to other Alberta communities outside of Edmonton for meetings or data collection as needed.



  • Implements research activities to fulfill project objectives.
  • Employs qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches to answer research questions.
  • Provides expertise in community-based participatory research design and methodology.
  • Supports collaborative work with research partners (community, government, and/or academic).
  • Monitors trends and issues relevant to partners.
  • Collaborates with the EPE Secretariat staff (Executive Director, Strategic Engagement, Communications, Evaluation, Indigenous Engagement etc.) to provide research, evidence, and knowledge mobilization advice and establish research priorities that advance EPE’s focus on livable incomes.
  • Travel for meetings related to research activities within and outside of Edmonton
  • Leverages funding opportunities to pursue innovative projects related to inclusive economies. This includes applying for and holding research grants as Principal Applicant/Co-Applicant.

Project Management

  • Plans and oversees research activities related to poverty and policy.
  • Provides leadership within the scope of the research project internally to ensure efficient and effective operations. 
  • Tracks timelines and deliverables.
  • Participates in the hiring process for research assistants and graduate students
  • Supervises, trains, and mentors research assistants, graduate students, and/or other project contributors as required.
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with community, government and academic stakeholders that facilitate ongoing, sustainable research collaborations.
  • Engages with stakeholders to define research process and fosters the necessary stakeholder involvement to ensure timely activities, cooperation, and progress of the project.
  • Coordinates and contributes to reports on outcomes and other reporting as required by funders.
  • Ensures compliance with Tri-council and University policies.
  • Collaborates with CUP-EPE research team to align with and respond to EPE’s continuously evolving knowledge needs on diverse issues related to livable incomes.
  • Participates in EPE’s Stewardship Round Table meetings, Research and Evaluation advisory committee and on other EPE related committees and groups as needed

Knowledge Mobilization

  • Contributes to knowledge mobilization activities, including for academic (presentations, papers, abstracts) and community (reports, briefs, summaries, presentations) audiences.
  • Translates learnings into targeted, impactful information for community partners.
  • Coordinates team meetings.
  • Supports opportunities for collaboration with community members in conducting research, liaising between the project team and the community.
  • Writes project updates and summaries for the CUP website and EPE as required.

Minimum Qualification:

  • Applicants must possess a doctoral degree (PhD) in a relevant discipline (e.g., social sciences, public health, education).
  • Experience in community engagement and community-based research and/or evaluation.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; exceptional writing skills.

Please apply online and make sure to attach the following:

  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter
  • List of publications
  • Copies of your two or three best papers (published or otherwise)

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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