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Position Details

The Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy at the University of Lethbridge is offering one (1) postdoctoral fellowship valued at $50,000 for one year. This fellowship will support research training and develop knowledge in one of the Centre’s research priorities, and also facilitate the dissemination of knowledge to academic, practitioner and policy audiences.

Located in Lethbridge, AB the Prentice Institute is an interdisciplinary research centre whose mission is to support research, training and policy development on complex, urgent and important issues concerning global changes in demography, natural resource use and the economy. More specifically: 
• The Prentice Institute supports and conducts research on the changing human populations and the potential impacts on social, environmental, and economic issues, and communicates its findings widely. 
• The Prentice Institute and its  collaborators seek to understand long-term changes in human and economic environments, within an historical context, with particular attention to the role human actions play in influencing these outcomes. 
• The Institute conducts and integrates research on the dynamics of Canadian and global demography and their impact on economic well-being through migration, culture, trade, and natural resource availability. 
• The Institute seeks to widely disseminate the output of our work and that of others to stimulate further research and to enable individuals, governments, and corporations to make better-informed decisions. We also contribute to the education and training of students and future researchers.  

The Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy is based upon several key research areas: 
1. Demography;
2. Social determinants of health;
3. Planetary health;
4. Economic development;
5. Human capital; and
6. Water.

The postdoctoral fellowship will be supervised by the Director of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy, OR a University of Lethbridge- based Prentice Institute Affiliate. We encourage applicants to identify and quickly contact the individual they want to support their application for Prentice Institute postdoctoral fellowship. Subsequent extensions to this position may be possible should additional funding be secured. 
More detailed information on the members, activities and areas of research of the Institute is available on its website:

Position Qualifications

Eligibility criteria 
Candidates must meet the following criteria (as per Tri-Agency policy): 

  • Have completed a PhD within five years;
  • not hold a permanent faculty position or a faculty position leading to permanency;
  • not have applied more than twice before to the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships funding opportunity;
  • not have already received a postdoctoral award (including a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship) from SSHRC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); and
  • not be applying in the 2022-23 academic year to the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships Program or the CIHR Fellowship funding opportunity.
  • Fellowship conditions

The Institute undertakes to offer the successful candidate:

  • a minimum salary of $50,000 for one year, renewable (pending review and approval);
  • access to complementary funding opportunities offered to postdoctoral researchers by the Institute and University
  • access to the services of the University (e.g., library, information technologies).

The successful postdoctoral fellow agrees to:

  • start their postdoctoral fellowship in January or April 2023  and continue for a period of 12 months;
  • complete the postdoctoral research project(s) submitted at the time of application (please see the SSHRC guidelines for postdoctoral fellowships financement/instructions/postdoctoral/postdoc_instructions-eng.aspx#work-travail )
  • present on a regular basis on the premises of the University and conduct their work at the Institute (this is a full-time position); 
  • submit an application for a postdoctoral fellowship to an appropriate funding council (eg. the Banting doctoral fellowship program) in 2023 round, subject to the eligibility conditions of these programs and in agreement with the Institute, in order to continue the fellowship under the supervision of a faculty member of the Institute;
  • participate regularly in Institute activities (conferences, workshops, etc.), in particular:
  • offer one (1) methodological or research training workshop, 
  • make at least one (1) presentation of their work as part of the conference/speaker series organized by the Institute or in another appropriate context.
  • make at least one (1) professional presentation (at an annual meeting of a relevant association or similar body). The Fellow is also expected to pursue publication of the research conducted at the Institute in peer-reviewed venues. 

Documents needed to apply:

  • Cover Letter
  • References
  • Curriculum Vitae


Hiring Committee:

Evaluation of applications:
Applications will be reviewed on the basis of: 

  • the consistency between the candidate’s background, the proposed research project, and the scientific programming/knowledge mobilization activities of the Institute;
  • the quality of the proposed research project;
  • the academic excellence and experience of the candidate.

Additional Information
The application file must be presented in English. It should include the following:

  • a cover letter specifying, in particular, any relevant information to establish the eligibility of the application (see the section “Eligibility conditions”);
  • a research project of approximately 750 words (as per the SSHRC guidelines: specifying a short presentation of the relevant literature, alignment with the mandate and mission of the Institute, the research question, the theoretical framework, the methodology and the timetable;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a publication representative of the candidate’s research work (article, book chapter, or a dissertation chapter);
  • names and contact information for two academic references;
  • an email from the potential supervisor (Institute Affiliate) indicating that they would agree to supervise the postdoctoral fellowship if the candidate is selected.

The candidate submits the first five elements of the file themselves. Please send all your documents in one PDF file to
The supporting email (#6) should be sent from the proposed supervisor directly to the Director of the Prentice Institute (if applicable).

 Deadline for submitting applications: September 1, 2022 (11:59 p.m., MDT)
 Beginning of the internship: January or April of 2023

Additional information: 
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The Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy, at the University of Lethbridge, requires a qualified Administrative Assistant I for a temporary position.

We are seeking a professional and performance- oriented individual who will contribute positively to all dimensions of the operations of the Prentice Institute. We are looking for an independent person who is comfortable working in a quiet research environment with linkages across multiple research and policy communities around the world, with the ability to support the staffing, communications, research, knowledge mobilization and outreach programs of the Institute.

Reporting to the Director of the Prentice Institute, the administrative assistant will provide day-to-day operational administrative support and front line reception for the Prentice Institute. Duties will include responding to enquiries; scheduling and preparing for meetings, seminars, events and distinguished visiting speakers and guests; social media; drafting and distributing correspondence and other documents; managing files and records for the Institute; compiling data and preparing reports; monitoring budgets and assisting with financial transactions; assisting with preparation of grant applications and research publications; event planning; and other related duties as assigned by the Director.

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