Postdoctoral Fellow Positions

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The Department of Sociology is happy to welcome into our community postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated excellence in their doctoral work and show promise as scholars in an area where our faculty have particular expertise. The University of Toronto requires that postdoctoral researchers secure funding for their expenses and will extend an invitation to visit only after visitors can show they have secured funding. Potential applicants to any of the below postdoctoral fellowships should first contact the faculty member with whom they would like to work. We then ask that the faculty supervisor inform the Department's Research Coordinator, Suzanne Jaeger, and the Tri-Campus Graduate Chair. Supervisors of  postdoctoral fellows who are funded through faculty grants should make arrangements with their Department Chair and Business Officer.

Upcoming Deadlines

Competition Deadline to submit materials to the Department of Sociology
Job Posting  - Postdoctoral Fellow March 31, 2022
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship July 15
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship September 10
U of T UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship October 1
U of T UTSC Postdoctoral Fellowship October 1
U of T A&S Postdoctoral Fellowship December 1
U of T Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship February 25 or March 1st (see table below)

 

Job Posting - Postdoctoral Fellow

Posting date: March 8, 2022
Area of Research: Immigration and/or Demography

Description of duties: The successful candidate for this full-time position will work on the supervisor’s research projects, with some of their work time allotted for their own research agenda. The supervisor’s projects are in the areas of immigration and demography. This position requires collaboration with the supervisor on the management and analysis of quantitative data sets, and with the supervisor on initiating, writing, and revising articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals, and communicating the results of the research to broader academic and non-academic audiences. The position requires living and working in Toronto and physical presence on campus at the University of Toronto. There will be regular meetings with the supervisor and potentially with other faculty members in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. The successful applicant will also have teaching opportunities within the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto.

Salary: $65,000 CAD, plus benefits as stipulated by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement

Required qualifications: Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in Sociology or a closely related field within the last five years, and not later than the start date of the post-doctoral fellowship. This position requires expertise in statistical methods for social sciences and facility with Stata and one other statistical package from SPSS, SAS or R. The candidate must have expertise in the sociological study of immigration and/or demography as demonstrated in their dissertation and/or published academic work. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, responsible, team oriented, and creative, with excellent interpersonal, written communication, and organizational skills.

Application instructions All individuals interested in this position must submit the following:

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae and Cover letter that describes the applicant’s analytical expertise (in one document).
  2. Research Statement for the applicant’s intended research agenda during the postdoctoral fellowship (500 word maximum).
  3. Full contact information for three potential referees (do not include reference letters in an application).
  4. Two examples of writing samples (e.g. working papers, a dissertation chapter, or published articles).

Materials should be submitted to Professor Monica Boyd (monica.boyd@utoronto.ca) quoting Postdoctoral Fellow. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged.

Closing date: March 31, 2022
Supervisor: Monica Boyd
Expected start date: July 1, 2022
Term: 1 year (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023)

FTE: Full time

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) 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, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is a prestigious award that is available to both Canadian citizens and foreign nationals. Providing $70,000 per year for two years, the Banting program aims to "attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally; develop their leadership potential; and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow."

The application process for the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship requires that the applicant, the proposed supervisor, and the host institution work in collaboration to prepare a competitive application. To that end, interested applicants should contact potential supervisors early in the summer.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree:

  • No more than 5 years before the start date
  • Before the start date of their award.

Applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must submit proof no later than October 15th of the year the fellowship is awarded.

Adjudication Criteria

The Banting program selects the recipients for the award based on the following criteria: The Banting program selects the recipients for the award based on the following criteria:

    1. Research excellence and leadership in the research domain
    2. Quality of the applicant's proposed research program
    3. Institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between applicant and institutional strategic priorities

Because the synergy between the institution and the applicant's research is one of the criteria, we will work closely in drafting the materials that relate to this item. See more information about the eligibility and adjudication criteria on the Banting website.

Application Procedures for Applicants to the Sociology Department at the University of Toronto

To begin the application process for the University of Toronto, the applicants should first contact and obtain the agreement of a faculty advisor (or co-advisors) who is a member of our graduate faculty. Once they have secured the support of a potential advisor, they and/or the supervisor should inform both the Tri-Campus Graduate Chair and the department's Research Coordinator of their intent to apply. The Research Coordinator can offer both tips and editorial assistance for the application if the process is begun early.

In order to collaborate on the materials addressing the synergy between the applicant and institutional strategic priorities, we require a draft of the Research Proposal and the supervisor's statement, a CV, and the following parts of the Banting application module by July 15th:

  • significance of research contributions
  • significance of leadership contributions
  • project overview including lay summary

Procedures may vary depending upon the faculty supervisor's home campus. The department will forward our top candidates to the university-wide competitions and candidates who were successful at that level will then receive a letter of endorsement from the university and should complete their application by September 18th.


The SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships provide financial support to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are recent PhD recipients in the Social Sciences and Humanities.  Fellowships will normally be awarded to candidates affiliated with a university other than that which awarded the PhD.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply to this funding opportunity, the applicant must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada (by the application deadline);
  • not hold a permanent faculty position, or a faculty position leading to permanency;
  • have finalized arrangements for affiliation with a recognized university or research institution;
  • have applied not more than twice before to the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity;
  • not be applying in the 2017-18 academic year to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships Program or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowship funding opportunity; and
  • not have already received a postdoctoral award (including a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship) from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR.

Adjudication Criteria

SSHRC convenes a multi-disciplinary panel to evaluate the postdoctoral fellowship applications according to the following criteria: challenge—the aim and importance of the endeavour (20%); feasibility—the plan to achieve excellence (30%); and capability—the expertise to succeed (50%). Please read more about these criteria on the SSHRC opportunity page.

Application Procedures for Applicants to the Sociology Department at the University of Toronto

To begin the application process for the University of Toronto, the applicants should first contact and obtain the agreement of a faculty advisor (or co-advisors) who is a member of our graduate faculty. Once they have secured the support of a potential advisor, they and/or the supervisor should inform both the Tri-Campus Graduate Chair and the department's Research Coordinator of their intent to apply. Because the application requires a letter of "Institutional Nomination and Commitment," we ask that applicants provide us with their program of work and that supervisors provide us with their "Research Appraisal" by no later than September 10th. The full application is due to SSHRC by September 18th.


University of Toronto Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The University of Toronto Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers. Each award will provide $70,000 per year to Faculties to support up to two years of postdoctoral salary and benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the University of Toronto Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowships program through the Sociology department may be citizens of any country and must:

  • Demonstrate academic excellence and high potential for success in their chosen fields;
  • Identify as Indigenous and/or Black;
  • Have obtained a doctoral degree, normally within the last five years from the start date of the funding, or will have obtained the degree at the time the fellowship commences; and
  • Not have held a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship previously.
  • Not hold concurrently another major fellowship;
  • Not hold a faculty position or be on leave from such a position

Application Procedures for Applicants to the Sociology Department at the University of Toronto

To begin the application process for the University of Toronto, the applicants should first contact and obtain the agreement of a faculty advisor (or co-advisors) who is a member of our graduate faculty. Once they have secured the support of a potential advisor, they and/or the supervisor should inform both the Tri-Campus Graduate Chair and the department's Research Coordinator of their intent to apply. See the Opportunity Page for complete instructions. We require a good draft of the two-page statement of research intent from the nominee, the nominee's CV and the nomination letter from the proposed advisor at least one week before the divisional deadline. These are:

Campus Affiliation Departmental Deadline Divisional Deadline Second Stage deadline
If the proposed supervisor is affiliated with the UTM campus (see program page) February 25, 2021 March 4, 2021 April 1, 2021
If the proposed supervisor is affiliated with the UTSC campus March 1, 2021 March 8, 2021 April 1, 2021
If the proposed supervisor is affiliated with the St. George campus (see program page) March 1, 2021 March 15, 2021 April 1, 2021

 

The supervisor's letter should "demonstrat(e) the fit between the research interests/background of the supervisor and applicant, and the anticipated mutual benefits. Provide specifics about how the proposed research complements the supervisor's ongoing projects and/or new research directions."


University of Toronto UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Program

The UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Program supports postdoctoral fellows studying under the mentorship of faculty members whose primary affiliation is with the University of Toronto, Mississauga campus. The UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship program will provide 6 awards annually—2 in the Humanities, 2 in the Social Sciences, and 2 in the in Sciences - that have a duration of one year. Each UTM Postdoctoral Fellowship award will include $40,000 for salary, plus $2,000 as a research grant.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the University of Toronto UTM Postdoctoral Fellowships program through the Sociology department may be citizens of any country and must:

  • be eligible to be appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow following all University of Toronto definitions and policies.
  • may not concurrently hold another post-doctoral fellowship award, such as NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR or equivalents.
  • cannot currently hold a tenure-track or continuing faculty position at a college or university.
  • must meet all Canadian immigration requirements.
  • must have a proposed supervisor who has a tenured or tenure-track appointment in a UTM Department.

Application Procedures

To begin the application process for the University of Toronto, the applicants should first contact and obtain the agreement of a faculty advisor (or co-advisors) who is a member of the UTM faculty. Once they have secured the support of a potential advisor, they and/or the supervisor should inform both the UTM Chair (Phil Goodman) and the department's Research Coordinator of their intent to apply. See the Opportunity web page for detailed instructions. The full application is due to the department on October 1st and the divisional office on October 15.  


University of Toronto UTSC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Program

The UTSC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Program supports postdoctoral fellows studying under the mentorship of faculty members whose primary affiliation is with the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus. Fully-funded UTSC fellowships pay a maximum stipend of $45,000 (plus benefits) per year for a maximum of two years and are tenable only at U of T Scarborough.  Supervisors with other sources of funding may apply for partially-funded fellowships, if they commit $22,500 of funding (plus benefits) per year for two years.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the University of Toronto UTSC Postdoctoral Fellowships program through the Sociology department may be citizens of any country and must:

  • have recently (normally within two years) been awarded a PhD or equivalent degree.
  • cannot currently hold a tenure-track or continuing faculty position at a college or university.
  • may be citizens of any country, and from any university. Successful international candidates must meet all Canadian immigration requirements.
  • Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents must have completed all of the requirements for their doctoral degree no later than six months after their start-date of the Fellowship. International applicants must have completed all of the requirements for their doctoral degree before the start date of the Fellowship.

 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.

Application Procedures

To begin the application process for the University of Toronto, the applicants should first contact and obtain the agreement of a faculty advisor (or co-advisors) who is a member of the UTSC faculty. Once they have secured the support of a potential advisor, they and/or the supervisor should inform both the UTSC Chair (Joe Hermer) and the department's Research Coordinator of their intent to apply. See the Opportunity web page for detailed instructions. The full application is due November 1.


University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to provide outstanding recent doctoral students advanced training in their field of study. These fellowships are not discipline specific, but rather can be held in any department or research unit across the Faculty of Arts & Science of the St. George Campus at the University of Toronto. Applicants must secure sponsorship of a supervisor, or supervisors, from the professoriate within the Faculty of Arts & Science. These fellowships pay a stipend of $45,000 per year for a maximum of two years.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the University of Toronto Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships program through the Sociology department may be citizens of any country and must:

  • have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD no earlier than May 1, two years prior to award start
  • not hold a tenure-stream or continuing faculty position at a college or university
  • meet all Canadian immigration requirements
  • have the support of a supervisor from the  St. George Sociology Faculty.

Application Procedures

To begin the application process for the University of Toronto, the applicants should first contact and obtain the agreement of a faculty advisor (or co-advisors) who is a member of the St. George faculty. Once they have secured the support of a potential advisor, they and/or the supervisor should inform both the St. George Chair (Shyon Baumann) and the department's Research Coordinator of their intent to apply.

The application requires a one-page research proposal, a letter of support from the proposed supervisor and the candidate's CV.

Please see the Faculty of Arts & Science website for guidelines and application forms. The full application is due on December 1. Please inform the chair and research coordinator of your intent to apply no later than November 15th.