Sustainable Cities & Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Campus location McGill University, downtown Montreal
Key Working Relationships (internal): Geography, Institute for Health and Social Policy; Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Key Working Relationships (external): Multiple leading universities in the UK, USA, Canada, and other countries
Time frame: Full-time, 2-year position (renewable after 1 year), to start upon candidate selection
Salary range: $55k/year


This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious researcher to join a dynamic research consortium and carry out innovative research at the cross-section of statistical analysis/modeling, global environment, and health.

The research involves a consortium of leading universities as well as policy agencies throughout the world, and is highly interdisciplinary. We plan to use methods and tools from a range of disciplines to model the impacts of policy scenarios on the environment and health in cities in high- and low-income countries. We have a particular focus on using emerging data and novel methods to characterise cities' environment and health, with emphasis on within-city variations and inequalities. The person appointed to this important post will have a key role in identifying and implementing the consortium's data and analytical strategy for using novel emerging data combined with administrative and other authoritative data sets, to measure and understand cities' social, built, and natural environments, and how people interact with it.

The position will be based in McGill's Department of Geography or at McGill's Institute for Health and Social Policy and work closely with researchers in several departments at McGill. The group is highly interdisciplinary and the post holder will work closely with a range of backgrounds and disciplines in an international group based at McGill and at other leading global universities. The Fellow will also benefit from opportunities for co-advising from world-class investigators in Canada and our partner institutions, attend technical workshops and yearly international team meetings, and participate in domestic and international research exchanges.

The successful candidate must have an exceptional aptitude for analytical and critical thinking about scientific problems, data, and analytical methods; strong programming skills; strong communication capabilities; motivation for problem solving; aptitude for interdisciplinary research and teamwork; and ability to work and learn independently. There will be scope for the post-holder to transition from mentored research to an independent research agenda.

We invite applications from candidates with training in quantitative methods, including demography, epidemiology, economics, or similar. The fellow will use applied statistics / econometrics and spatial analysis to investigate relationships between the urban environment, health, and well-being. An interest in and familiarity with development issues is a plus.

Required Qualifications

We seek applications from strongly motivated candidates with the following:

Preferred Qualifications

Research pursued in the fellowship may fall into one of several streams of inquiry that relate to environment, urban form, and population health or well-being outcomes in a diverse set of cities. Experience and interest in some of the following will be helpful:

Value and duration of support

Base salary is $55k/year, plus benefits and a discretionary fund of $2,000/year in addition to any research funds that may be directed to the project by supervisors. In Quebec postdoctoral trainees may receive greatly advantageous tax implications as compared with other jurisdictions in North America; see This is a full-time 2 year position, renewable after the first year, with a start date as soon as a suitable candidate is identified.

Application details

Interested candidates should email (with subject: Cities Postdoc) with a single PDF containing (in order):
  1. a cover letter describing your research interests and qualifications, with particular attention to what you would like to work on in this postdoc
  2. A full curriculum vitae
  3. A copy of all university graduate transcripts
  4. A copy of your doctoral diploma, or a letter from your Department Chair specifying the date of your dissertation defense;
  5. a list of 3 references.
  6. 1-2 representative publications, or another writing sample (an extract from your dissertation, or a draft of a work in progress)

Review of applications will begin on Nov 23, 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We welcome applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification.

For questions about the research, contact Professors Brian E Robinson or C Barrington-Leigh at McGill