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Research Fellow

Department: CERC in Migration and Integration
Position supervisor: Anna Triandafyllidou, Canada Excellence Research Chair
Contract length: 3 years
Hours of work per week: 36.25
Position type: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Rate of pay: Compensation will be commensurate with experience

About the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration

The Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration is led by Professor Anna Triandafyllidou. The program is producing innovative and usable knowledge on the links between migration and post-migration processes, forced and voluntary mobility, internal and international migration, and the role of countries of origin and transit. The CERC pays special attention to Canadian realities while also engaging in comparative research with and among other countries in various global regions. 

The CERC program is among the most prestigious and generous programs available globally, enabling universities to build on Canada's growing reputation as a leader in research and innovation. The program recognizes and supports world-renowned researchers and their teams with up to $10 million over seven years to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. 

The CERC program is an initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS).

The opportunity

The CERC in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University invites applications of interest from post-doctoral and more senior research fellows who work in the wider field of migration and integration. This position is offered in close connection with a multi-year research project on migrant decision making under conditions of uncertainty, with a special interest on decision-making and transitions from temporary to long term status in Canada. More information on the research is given further below.

The CERC offers an opportunity to pursue new research, develop leadership potential, and collaborate internationally working as part of a research team, headed by Professor Anna Triandafyllidou, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, at Ryerson University.

Research Project Summary

For Canada the pandemic is not only posing short term challenges with regards to border restrictions and quarantine arrangements aimed at protecting public health, it increases medium and long-term risks to Canada’s ability to recruit skilled immigration, which is a vital element in the country’s socio-economic and demographic growth. Migrant labour is likely to be at the forefront of the global economic recovery whether through attracting foreign talent for technological or social innovation or because the migrant labour force supplies to essential sectors of the economy. Understanding better the drivers of international, highly-skilled migration and how the pandemic is affecting the decision making of prospective highly-skilled migrants is key to supporting Canada’s future immigration plans. This project aims at filling this gap by conducting primary research on the decision making of highly skilled migrants aiming to settle in Canada, focusing on three categories of prospective immigrants to Canada: highly skilled people applying from abroad; temporary workers or visitors currently in the country applying for Permanent Residency; international students and post-graduate permit holders who seek to settle in Canada.

The project will produce first-hand knowledge of how the pandemic may shape directly, decision making (to come, stay, delay or speed up immigration moves) among prospective highly skilled migrants. It will examine the role of socio-demographic features, labour market sectors, cultural and psychological factors, and the role of policies and services. The project will more broadly contribute to our understanding of the interaction between aspiration, capacity and opportunity in (highly-skilled) migrant decision making under conditions of uncertainty. The findings of this study will also offer key messages to Canadian policy makers on how to attract and retain highly skilled migrants during the pandemic and its aftermath. It will also inform service providers and other stakeholders on the role they can play in this respect.

About Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Applicants must hold a PhD in the social sciences, with a strong focus on migration and integration, possibly with an interest in decision-making processes. They must have experience in doing mixed methods research (such as designing and conducting surveys, conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups, basic quantitative data analysis such as cross-tabulation and data reporting). We are looking for a candidate with a strong publication and conference presentation track record, commensurate with their career stage. Previous experience in working as a part of a project in a team setting, liaising with the project director and other team members, doing basic project management, and facilitating relations with community stakeholders and policy-makers are important assets.

How to apply

Candidates are invited to submit not later than 25 May 2021, by email to a complete application package including:

  1. a brief CV (2-4 pages)
  2. a brief outline of their PhD or other major research work indicating its main findings and contribution to the field (2-4 pages)
  3. a motivation letter (max 2 pages)
  4. a list of three potential referees 

Ryerson’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Aboriginal HR Consultant for support during the selection process.

Please watch a message from Ryerson's Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion for more information on our commitment to equity.