Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Canada Research Chair GeoREACH Lab – UPEI

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  • Competition Number: 20A21
  • Position Type: Academic Opening
  • Closing Date: Apr 27, 2021
  • Date of Posting: Apr 20, 2021
  • Department: Canada Research Chair GeoREACH Lab – Applied, Communications, Leadership and Culture – Faculty of Arts
  • Position: Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Faculty of Arts, University of Prince Edward Island, is seeking a highly qualified applicant for a post-doctoral fellowship position to participate on a funded research project. The fellow will support the Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities and the GeoREACH Lab, which is housed in the Applied, Communications, Leadership & Culture program (ACLC). The GeoREACH lab supports Geospatial Research in Atlantic Canadian History and other projects of the ACLC program. The research is an interdisciplinary approach to the environmental history of food, agriculture, and energy systems in rural Canada and the Atlantic world. It examines how rural Canadians exchanged one energy system for another by mapping the transition from extensive organic agriculture to intensive food and energy systems. The assignment will consist of conducting and coordinating the GeoREACH Lab’s core research project on the creation of rural energy profiles in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries using manuscript censuses, farm diaries, and other archival research. Other high level project management assignments will include assisting with student research assistants, research data and record management, and coordinating workshops and grant applications related to the project. A portion of the time (up to 40%) may be spent on the candidate’s own scholarly research agenda. The candidate will thus have opportunities to collaborate with researchers in academia and government, increasing their network, and will be encouraged to present their research at national and international meetings. This post-doctoral fellowship is subject to final budgetary approval. 

 The post-doctoral fellow will participate in the following:

  • Produce historical research using primary documents
  • Participate in weekly team meetings on campus
  • Coordinate student research assistant schedules and tasks
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Write independently and contribute to working manuscripts
  • Conduct research independently in Charlottetown area archives

The post-doctoral fellowship is for a one-year term with a competitive post-doctoral stipend being funded.


The selected candidate must have:

  • a PhD in a relevant field and recent research experience in Environmental History, Canadian History, and the Atlantic World to 1914
  • Experience with food history, commodity history, and energy history would be an asset
  • The candidate must be capable of developing and conducting interdisciplinary research projects independently, writing manuscripts collaboratively, and presenting research at meetings on campus (in person) and internationally (virtually and/or in person)

Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, two examples of recent relevant writing, and reference list to be received no later than the closing date to:

Dr. Joshua MacFadyen, Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities and Director of the GeoREACH Lab


In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Review of applications will begin on April 27, 2021; however the competition will remain open until the position is filled.

Feature Image: 1929 map of Prince Edward Island. Prepared by the Natural Resources Intelligence Service, F.C.C. Lynch, Director. Library and Archives Canada.
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I am an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Prince Edward Island where I teach in the Applied Communication, Leadership & Culture Program in the Faculty of Arts. My research focuses on the history of biomass energy and agriculture. From 2012-2014 I was the NiCHE project coordinator, and I served on the NiCHE editorial board until 2018.

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