Post Doctoral Researcher

Royal Road University


February 9, 2022


Royal Roads University is located on the traditional lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) ancestors and families who have lived here for thousands of years. This land has been part of the fabric of the life of Indigenous communities long before Hatley Castle was built, and it will be long into the future. It is with gratitude that we now learn and work here, where the past, present and future of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty and staff come together. Located in one of Canada's most beautiful National Historic Sites, RRU is just minutes from downtown Victoria, British Columbia and is surrounded by old growth forest and awe-inspiring ocean and mountain views. RRU is a special-purpose university that delivers high-quality applied and professional programs. Established by the provincial government in 1995 through the Royal Roads University Act, RRU was created with a unique mandate and governance structure to respond to the labour market needs of British Columbia. RRU has over 20,000 alumni in 65 countries. With a reputation for innovation, RRU is a leader in the delivery of blended learning programs, which combine intensive residency experiences with online course work.

Requisition #


Job Title

Post Doctoral Researcher

Division Department

Royal Roads University -> Office of the Vice President Research & International -> Research

Recruitment Type

Temporary Full Time



# of Hires Needed


Closing Date


Job Description

The postdoc will work with Dr Julie MacArthur, Canada Research Chair in Reimagining Capitalism, on her work mapping energy democracy practices in Canada. The successful candidate will:

-Identify and categorize diverse energy democratization policies at the federal, provincial and (large) municipal level in Canada.

-Compare the level of attention and investment to diverse kinds of democratization from citizens energy forums, to planning, de-privatization, and funding for local and community energy.

-Produce summary reports illustrating the number, type, and status of various energy democracy initiatives across Canadian provinces and territories, and at federal level.

-Identify and catalogue issues and challenges that arise in the implementation of new energy democracy policies. Survey media coverage and opposition or support for these policies.

-Conduct literature reviews.

Job Requirements

PhD in public policy, political economy, social economy and similar areas required.

In depth expertise with theory and practice of energy democracy strongly desired, alongside understanding of policy tool typologies and Canadian federal system.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Familiarity with interviewing techniques and qualitative analysis.

Excellent attention to detail, referencing and data management skills.

Established networks within Canadian social economy and community energy networks would be ideal.

Additional Information

This is a temporary, full-time position working 37.5 hours per week from March 2022 until February 2023, with a possibility for an extension. This position has been evaluated at a researcher rate with a range of $30.51 (minimum) to $34.87 (maximum) per hour. The University is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefit package. Royal Roads University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty and staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates shortlisted for further consideration will be contacted. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please contact us directly at attention: Lorisha Bühler or 250-391-2600 extension 4408 so we can offer you individualized assistance and ensure equity in our recruitment and hiring process. ALL COMPETITIONS WILL CLOSE AT 10.00 P.M. ON THE DATE OF CLOSING

About the employer

Founded in 1995, Royal Roads University is a public institution of research-centric higher education in Colwood city of British Columbia, Canada. The institution operates on the grounds of the former institution named Royal Roads Military College that functioned until 1995...