Area of research: The transformations set in motion by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

Description of duties: The fellow will conduct research and writing on the cultural, social, and/or political transformations resulting from the BRI. The fellow will consult with Munk students and faculty, attend Munk seminars, and teach a .5 FCE course about the BRI and its impact.

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

Required qualifications:

  • A completed PhD in any field of the social sciences
  • Experience conducting fieldwork in a context affected by the BRI
  • Language skills appropriate for conducting field research in a context affected by the BRI, as well as fluent English
  • Demonstrated research interest in the BRI’s effects or a closely related topic.
  • Demonstrated research interest on any part of Asia (excluding China) or post-Soviet Eurasia.
  • Demonstrated teaching effectiveness

Who we are: The Belt and Road in Global Perspective is a partnership between the University of Toronto, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan), and National University Singapore that considers the downstream (i.e., medium- and long-term) effects of the BRI. The project is funded by a Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Application instructions: All individuals interested in the position must submit the following documents by the closing date to: [email protected] using the subject line “BRGP Postdoc –[Your Name]”:

  • A covering letter outlining how you meet the qualifications for the position.
  • A 2-page description of proposed research on BRI-related transformations
  • A CV
  • A research sample that showcases your skills (e.g., a dissertation chapter, a conference paper, or a published article)
  • The names and contact information of two academic references

Closing date: March 12, 2021

Supervisors: Edward Schatz

Expected start date: July 1, 2021

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.