The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research brings together top international researchers to tackle many of the most interesting and pressing questions of our time. The Successful Societies program unites epidemiologists, economists, sociologists, historians, political scientists, psychologists, lawyers, criminologists, and geographers. Together, the work of the program members is shedding new light on how social and cultural processes advance or limit a society’s collective well-being.
The Junior Fellow Academy offers gifted, early career researchers the unique opportunity to participate in CIFAR’s global research network and to closely collaborate, and be mentored by, some of Canada’s and the world’s best researchers.
Junior Fellows take part in one of CIFAR’s innovative research programs, where researchers meet regularly to establish new frameworks for thinking about the world with the potential to improve human health and the environment, transform technology, build strong societies, understand human culture and even chart the universe.
Individuals who have completed their PhD no more than three years before the Fellowship starting date are eligible to apply. The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of accomplishment in an area of interest to the program, excellent communication skills, strong potential to collaborate with program members and ability to contribute to the program’s mission. He/she will also display a strong interest in connecting with peers from other disciplines through the Junior Fellow Academy.
CIFAR is seeking an exceptional early career researcher to fill a Junior Fellowship in its Successful Societies Program, beginning in the summer of 2013. Most typically, Junior Fellows work as postdoctoral fellows under the supervision of one or more CIFAR program members. Alternatively, applicants in the social sciences and humanities may hold a junior faculty position at any university.
The candidate most likely will work with the Program Directors, Peter A. Hall (Government, Harvard) and Michèle Lamont (African-American and African Studies and Sociology, Harvard), spending about half-time on his/her own research, broadly related to the Program’s research areas, and the other half on collaborative projects. Alternatively, applicants may apply to work with another Fellow of the Program, in which case they are strongly encouraged to identify and contact the program member(s) they wish to work with before submitting an application (unnecessary if applying to work with Hall/Lamont).
The Successful Societies Program brings together sociologists, political scientists, political economists, historians, psychologists and others to explore the ways in which institutions and cultural frameworks structure the well-being of groups and societies. The Program has completed two collective volumes, Successful Societies: How Institutions and Culture Affect Health (2009) and Social Resilience in the Age of Neo-Liberalism (forthcoming). Central to its research interests are issues of social inequality, including how multiple kinds of inequalities intersect and how they are generated or mitigated. The Program seeks to develop better understandings of how countries and communities acquire collective
capacities for coping with social problems and to advance understanding of inequalities in health and human development.
Visit www.cifar.ca/successful-societies for more information about the program and its members.
Applications should include a full CV, statement of research background and interests, statement of interest in the Junior Fellow Academy, and an imaginative, 3-5 page research proposal related to the research areas of the program. Applications will be submitted through an online application system.
Instructions are posted at www.cifar.ca/JFA.
September 4, 2012.
Programs Department Co-ordinator
Tel: (416) 971-4881