Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Change and Arctic Shipping

Climate change is causing the Arctic to warm at three times the global average rate. This is causing sea ice to recede opening up new navigational opportunities through the Arctic regions including the Northwest Passage, Northern Sea Route and Arctic Bridge. What early British and other international explorers were dreaming of in the 19th Century is now becoming a reality. This reality requires focused research attention in order to understand the risks and opportunities that are emerging.

Dr. Jackie Dawson, Director of the Environment, Society, and Policy Group ( at the University of Ottawa (Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics) is seeking applications for a 12-month (with possible extension) Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on our latest research projects on environmental change and Arctic Shipping. The Environment, Society and Policy Group (ESPG) is an interdisciplinary research group conducting policyfocused research in partnership with government (including Inuit government), industry, and Arctic communities. We examine the opportunities and challenges of shipping and economic development in Arctic regions and around the world.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with the ESPG team on several Arctic shipping projects. The team includes two Research Associates, two other Postdoctoral Fellows, and several PhD and Masters students. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with our team and our partners on several projects including the  evelopment of a survey of ship operator weather data needs. The successful candidate should have strong interpersonal skills, experience with interdisciplinary research methodologies and approaches, and at least a basic understanding of climate change and/or the Arctic shipping sector. Excellent English written communication skills are essential as well as a basic track record of peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations. Experience in basic descriptive statistics and/or GIS skills would be considered assets. 

The start date for the position is September 2019. It is located at the University of Ottawa in the ESPG Research group. The expected salary is in the range of $50,000 annually  experience dependent). PDFs at UOttawa are now considered university employees and the salary will be tax deductible, you will also have a benefits package and access to optional second language training. The length of the contract is 12 months, with a possible extension to 24+ months. 

If you are interested in learning more about this position please contact Dr. Jackie Dawson at or Megan Ihrig, Research Administrative Coordinator, at Please review the UOttawa steps and policies to becoming a Postdoctoral Fellow to ensure your application meets UOttawa criteria. Applications should include an  academic CV and cover letter and be sent to Megan Ihrig, at no later than July 29th, 2019.

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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