Alex Trebek Postdoctoral Fellowship, Water Law and Governance at the University of Ottawa’s Public Law Centre

Alex Trebek Postdoctoral Fellowship, Water Law and Governance at the University of Ottawa’s Public Law Centre

Type: Postdoctoral Fellowship

Start date: Flexible (but ideally June 1, 2022)

Duration: One-year postdoctoral fellowship (with the possibility of a six month r renewal if the candidate successfully obtains external funding, with the help of the Public Law Centre, the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability and the Centre on Governance)

Salary range: $45,000, plus benefits. Consult the terms and conditions of employment: https://www2.uottawa.ca/study/graduate-studies/becoming-postdoctoral-fellow

Reports to: Professor Marie-France Fortin (Public Law Centre)

Fellowship Description:

The Public Law Centre of the University of Ottawa seeking a skilled and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Fellow to pursue an innovative research program focused on the legal and governance aspects of issues relating to water as part of the University of Ottawa’s Forum on Water Law and Governance, an interdisciplinary research project funded by the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue.

The successful candidate will be supervised throughout the postdoctoral fellowship by leading legal, political science, and public administration scholars from the University of Ottawa, affiliated with the University’s Public Law Centre, the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability and the Centre on Governance. The main tasks of the selected candidate will be in research administration and include activities such as preparing funding applications, organizing knowledge disseminating events, coordinating collective publications, and communicating on the activities of the research group.

In addition to 20 hours per week dedicated to the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue’s Project on Water Law and Governance, the selected candidate will be expected to carry the remaining 15 hours to her own postdoctoral research project, publish in peer-reviewed journals, present at international, national, and local conferences (including online), contribute to the other projects of the Public Law Centre and contribute to the dissemination of the Centre’s work.

Applicants are encouraged to propose creative ideas for a postdoctoral fellowship in law, emphasizing how they plan to contribute to new knowledge within the domain of water law and governance in Canada. We are particularly interested in proposals focused on legal aspects of water-related issues, notably in relation to climate change, and which involve innovative perspectives on constitutional law, federalism, governance, Indigenous legal traditions, human rights and property rights law and international law.

About the project:

The University of Ottawa’s Forum on Water Law and Governance (https://forumh2ouottawa.ca/) is a joint research and knowledge mobilization project of the University of Ottawa’s Public Law Centre, the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability and the Centre on Governance. It is a multidisciplinary, plurijural project to foster dialogue between scholars, governmental actors, interest groups and the general public. It aims to facilitate the mobilization and dissemination of knowledge about the most pressing public policy concerns in relation to water, and learn from different actors’ perspectives on them (academic, governmental, Indigenous, individual).

The activities of the Forum are articulated around four research axes:

  1. Canada Water Law and Governance;
  2. Multilevel Governance;
  3. Community-Based Initiatives;
  4. International and Global Issues.

To achieve these objectives, the postdoctoral Fellow will support the Centre in:

  • Managing and coordinating the Forum and its activities;
  • Organizing 2 events per year (round tables, public conferences, and workshops under Chatham house rules) for the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue—Water Law and Governance Project;
  • Applying for grants and other sources of funding;
  • Disseminating the Public Law Centre’s work;
  • Creating tools and compiling knowledge on cross-sectoral water issues (including searchable directories and databases).

The selected candidate for the Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Public Law Centre will collaborate with the other Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the Centre on Governance and the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability on the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue’s Project on Water Law and Governance.

Position Requirements:

  • A doctoral degree in one of the following fields:
    • Law (in particular, public law, international law, law and climate change, water law, law and development, environmental law, municipal law and property rights, and human rights)
    • Public administration and political science (public policy and services, local, regional and national administration, multi-level governance, centralization and decentralization, cities and municipalities)

                Only candidates with a PhD awarded within the last five years are eligible

  • Research experience in law.
  • Experience in preparing and writing funding applications.
  • Computer and technology proficient.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Comfortable to work in a self-directed manner.
  • Bilingualism (English, French).
 

Additionally, the following skills will be considered as assets:

  • Scholarship on the relevant topics.
  • Experience with knowledge mobilization.
  • Experience in reading and writing for major academic journals.
  • Experience at attending and organizing professional conferences in the candidate’s field.
 

How to apply:

APPLICATION ONLINE VIA EMAIL: water-law-gov@uottawa.ca

The application package must include:

  • a cover letter, including a one-page (max.) description of research interests relevant for this position,
  • a complete curriculum vitae,
  • a two-page (max.) postdoctoral project proposal setting out how the candidate intends to use the postdoctoral fellowship to advance their research interests,
  • the names and coordinates of two references.

 

Deadline for applications is May 20, 2022.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

The cover letter shall indicate the level of proficiency in English and French.

The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and racialized persons.

In keeping with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada requirements, all qualified persons are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The cover letter should confirm the immigration status of the candidate.