Dr Sandra Lapointe (Professor of Philosophy), Dr Brent McKnight (Associate Professor of Strategic Management) at McMaster University, Ms Vivien Underdown (Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Capacity Building) and Dr Mike Mikulak (VP Community Impact, United Way Halton and Hamilton – UWHH) invite applications for a postdoctoral position in Interdisciplinary Social Research and Development.

The 2 year position will initially be funded through the Mitacs/SSHRC Accelerate Internship program. The successful candidate will be working as a community-based researcher integrated within the Capacity Building and ConnectEd Team at UWHH. They will collaborate with Dr Lapointe, Dr McKnight, Ms Underdown, Dr Mikulak, and other colleagues on research connected to capacity building and experiential learning around social innovation for current and future managers of not-for-profit and community service agencies. Among other things, will participate in regular team meetings the researcher will recruit participants for end-user integrated research from across the Canadian social services agencies eco-system, working specifically through the United Way network. They will conduct surveys, interviews and focus groups, analyse data and contribute to technical reports. They will also be expected to prepare publications for peer reviewed scholarly journals.

The position start date is flexible but is expected to begin as soon as possible after March 1, 2021. The initial duration is one year, with the possibility of extension for 1 additional year. The position is full-time and provides an annual salary of $45,000 CAD.

The position will be based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada but applicants who wish to work remotely for much of the time will be considered. The research activities will require the candidate to be able to accommodate the Eastern time zone, between 8:30am-4:30pm.


This position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the position start-date in any relevant discipline in the Social Sciences or Humanities. Knowledge and experience with social science research methodologies is expected, and experience with research coordination, community outreach and partnership building are highly desirable.

We are especially interested in candidates who are strong writers and have expertise in survey methodology, interview, focus group and data analysis, with proficiency in Stata and/or R.

Experience working with a cross-disciplinary, community-focused research team is desired. We seek a candidate who is self-motivated, detail-oriented, responsible, team-oriented, and creative, with excellent interpersonal, written communication, and organizational skills.

Applications should include:

  • A current CV
  • A brief cover letter describing relevant experience
  • Two examples of your writing (e.g., working papers, dissertation chapters, or published articles)
  • Full contact information of three references

Applications should be sent to: lapointe@mcmaster.ca.

We will start reviewing application on March 8th, 2021. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications, as stated above, MUST include one of the following statements in their application package:  “I am/am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”  Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University where the position will be co-held strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusive excellence, and we welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), and LGBTQ+ persons.