OPportunities for Motivated Students and Post-doctoral Scholars!

We are currently looking to fill two research positions at the Conservation of Change Lab: a PhD student and a Post-doctoral Fellow. See below for details!

PhD Student

We are recruiting a highly-motivated PhD student to work on an interdisciplinary research project looking at the intersection of food and water systems in Canada. The project is funded by Global Water Futures (https://gwf.usask.ca/), a University of Saskatchewan-led research program that seeks to improve water futures in Canada and around the world through leading-edge water science and the development of innovative decision-making tools.

The ideal candidate will have training in quantitative social science as well as a background in interdisciplinary environment or sustainability research. This could include such areas as resilience, social-ecological systems, common-pool resources, agricultural systems geography, governance, or human ecology.

The incumbent will design and execute doctoral research that investigates how local water management institutions develop around the challenge of agricultural water drainage in prairie ecosystems. Possible topics of focus include conflict management, food-water-sustainability interactions, and scenarios development via linking social and hydrological models. You will be joining a diverse lab of social and natural scientists who are all committed to using their research to help people solve pressing environmental issues.

In addition to the support provided by this grant, applicants will be eligible to apply for competitive funding for up to $45k/year for 3 years.

Interested and motivated applicants should direct any inquiries to Dr. Philip Loring at: phil [dot] loring [at] usask [dot] ca

Post-doctoral Scholar

We are currently recruiting an interdisciplinary post-doctoral scholar for a 2-year project looking at the intersection of food and water systems in Canada. The project is funded by Global Water Futures, a University of Saskatchewan-led research program that seeks to improve water futures in Canada and around the world through leading-edge water science and the development of innovative decision-making tools.

The ideal candidate will be versed in common-pool resource and social-ecological systems theories. Scholars with a background in social or natural sciences are welcome to apply, though interdisciplinary experience, including quantitative data analysis and skills linking social and ecological models, are a requirement of the position. GIS experience will also be a plus.

The incumbent will contribute to the design and execution of a project that seeks to investigate the development of new institutions for agricultural water drainage management and conflict management. Duties involve research design, data collection and management, policy analysis, and mentorship of MS  and PHD students involved in the research. The work will be carried out primarily in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, but may require some travel to other locales within Canada for research and outreach.

Interested and motivated applicants should direct any inquiries to Dr. Philip Loring at: phil [dot] loring [at] usask [dot] ca