Post-Doctoral Position, Queen's University

 5 Sept 2019

The Big Data Surveillance research project seeks to fill one post-doctoral fellow position, starting fall 2019 and based in the Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) at Queen’s University. This is a one-year term position.

The Fellow will collate research findings from all three streams of the SSHRC-funded Big Data Surveillance (BDS) research project, led by Professor David Lyon, and will play a major role in organizing a final research conference, to take place in 2021.

In particular, the incumbent will analyze research findings from each of the research “streams” of the BDS project (Security, Marketing, and Governance) to discover commonalities, identify emerging policy challenges, and determine key topics for future research. The Fellow will also contribute to the Project’s Knowledge Mobilization Plan to maximize dissemination of results and to planning potential future projects. He or she will also assist with digital communications, including website updates, and other related projects within the SSC.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with a number of scholars, partners and students associated with the Big Data Surveillance project at Queen's University, the University of Victoria, Université Laval, University of Ottawa and the University of St. Andrews. In addition, the post-doctoral fellow will work as necessary with the Project’s partner organizations. The Fellow will also have opportunities to pursue their own research, as agreed with the supervisor (the PI).

Applicants should be recent recipients of a doctoral degree in a relevant social science, with demonstrated interest and expertise in critical approaches to surveillance and big data. Education in/experience with digital communication/new media, and event planning, is an asset. 

Salary is competitive and includes benefits. Subject to availability of funds, and depending on areas of teaching expertise, the successful applicant may be eligible to obtain a part-time teaching contract. Modest funds will also be considered for conference travel, equipment and other research expenses. The Fellow will be expected to be in residence in Kingston, Canada, for the duration of the position and be an active colleague within the Surveillance Studies Centre and the Big Data Surveillance project.

Application deadline is 30 Sept, 2019. Please send application materials in electronic form to Joan Sharpe, Project Administrator, Surveillance Studies Centre; surveill[at]  Applications should include a CV, a letter describing suitability for the fellowship, three writing samples and full contact details for three individuals who would be willing to write letters of reference. 

For more information, please contact: Professor David Lyon, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613-533-6000, ext. 78867.

This fellowship is made possible through a Partnership grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.