Postdoctoral Fellow - Food Security in Kenya
McGill University - Montréal, QC

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Duration: 12 months. Salary: $40,000-$45,000 CAD (dependent on experience). Start date: June 2013.

Dr. Gordon M. Hickey is seeking an exceptional postdoctoral researcher to join a high profile international partnership project being conducted in collaboration with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) titled: “Enhancing ecologically resilient food security through innovative farming systems in the semi-arid midlands of Kenya” (see: This project is engaging a multi-disciplinary team to identify appropriate technological, institutional and policy innovations that will enhance the social-ecological resilience of small-scale farming systems.

This exciting and high-profile research opportunity will involve periods living in Kenya (3-6 months total) working with McGill and KARI colleagues to develop integrated insights on the social-ecological system dynamics affecting sustainable food security outcomes and identify suitable policy options. As a result, the successful candidate will be offered a high degree of professional exposure. The position is based in the Sustainable Futures Research Laboratory in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University ( This dynamic group is working on international, leading edge research related to sustainable development. The position will commence as soon as filled, and continue for 12 months with the potential for extension, subject to funding.

Essential Duties: The primary responsibilities of the incumbent will be to conduct innovative research into resiliency-focused food security policy and governance in semi-arid Kenya, in partnership with colleagues at McGill and KARI. The specific duties will include research design, project management, organizing knowledge dissemination and integration events, primary data collection, analysis and interpretation and the preparation of written manuscripts in cooperation with the P.I. The successful candidate will also be responsible for training and supervising graduate students as needed.

Minimum Qualifications: The applicant must have completed a Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to understanding human-environment system dynamics within the last five years and have primary publications in refereed, English language journals, fluency in written and spoken English, the ability to work cooperatively with the P.I., and strong leadership skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates should have experience in qualitative and quantitative analytical methodologies. They should also have expertise in complexity science, sustainable development, agricultural innovation, social-ecological systems, and/or international development, excellent communication skills, and the ability to network and operate semi-independently. Previous experience working in Africa will be considered an asset.

For more information, or to apply for this position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, an example publication and contact information for at least two referees to: Dr. Bernard Pelletier.

Application deadline: 7 April 2013.