CFA: CRÉ-GRÉEA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship | Deadline: April 15, 2022

Deadline: April 15, 2022
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The Research Group in Environmental & Animal Ethics (GRÉEA), in association with the Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ), is launching a competition for a postdoctoral research fellowship for the 2022/23 academic year (12 months). Subject to evaluation, the position is renewable for an additional 12 months.

The fellowship is open to applicants whose research is on environmental and animal ethics, broadly conceived. Candidates whose work connects with one or more of the following topics are particularly invited to apply:

  1. Fundamental normative issues in animal ethics and/or environmental ethics;
  2. Practical issues related to our relationship to non-human animals and nature;
  3. Scientific knowledge and epistemological approaches that can help to elucidate our relationship with non-human entities.

Mission of the GRÉEA

The GRÉEA is an interuniversity and interdisciplinary research group in environmental and animal ethics, associated with the Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ). GRÉEA’s members include researchers (professors/teachers in university/CEGEP, post-doc students, etc.) and graduate students (Master’s or PhD level) whose work concerns environmental and/or animal ethics.

The GRÉEA acknowledges that its activities take part primarily on the territory of what is now Montreal. This territory has long served as a meeting place and exchange between Aboriginal peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg nations.

The main aim of the GRÉEA is to support research in environmental and animal ethics, particularly from a non-anthropocentric perspective. The GRÉEA pursues this objective through the organization of various research activities (e.g. conferences, workshops, training activities), the promotion of its members’ work, and by offering logistical and financial support to research done in these fields (e.g. graduate scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships, publication and dissemination support).

GRÉEA also aims to make research in environmental and animal ethics, in both French and English, more visible and more accessible to non-academic audiences. Members of the GRÉEA are committed to ensuring that their research has a tangible impact on society. They share the conviction that we must question anthropocentric approaches in order to better protect non-human animals and the environment.

General rules and additional information

To be eligible for this fellowship, candidates must have obtained their Ph.D. after June 1, 2019, and before the start of their fellowship1.

GRÉEA and CRÉ will jointly offer to the selected fellow:

  • A gross salary of $43,000 per year2;
  • An individual workstation, subject to public health restrictions;
  • Access to the services of the university with which the fellow will be affiliated (e.g., libraries, etc.);
  • Practical assistance in the organization of the stay.

In return, the fellow is expected to:

  • Pursue the proposed research project;
  • Participate in GRÉEA’s and CRÉ’s activities (conferences, seminars, lectures, reading groups, etc.);
  • Present their ongoing research to their fellow researchers;
  • Be present at the CRÉ on a regular basis, depending on public health measures;
  • Maintain an up-to-date profile on the CRÉ’s website and inform the Associate Director of the CRÉ, Valéry Giroux, as well as the current GRÉEA coordinator of research activities so that they can be promoted via the GRÉEA’s and CRÉ’s websites and social media channels;
  • Submit an activity report at the end of each academic year during the stay.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The nature and quality of the research project;
  • The relevance of the research project for the mission of GRÉEA and CRÉ (e.g. collaborations with other members), and the potential benefits to the applicant from a stay at GRÉEA and CRÉ;
  • The quality of previous research by the applicant.

Particular consideration will be given to candidates from marginalized and underrepresented groups, including women, black, indigenous and people of color, 2SLGBTQI people, people with disabilities and/or neurodiverse applicants.

How to apply

Please provide the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • an article written or published within the last three years;
  • a proposal outlining the proposed research project (up to 1500 words);
  • academic transcript of graduate work (if available – official and non-official transcripts are accepted);
  • a completed application form (to download here);
  • two letters of reference

To submit your application: Except for the letters of reference, applicants must send all their documents in one single PDF file to the coordinator of the GRÉEA, Charles Fontaine (he/him) by April 15, 2022 to the following email address Referees should send their letters of recommendation to the same email address before the end of the competition. Applications can be submitted in English or in French.

1 Passive knowledge of both English and French languages is required.

2Please note that provincial and federal taxes, as well as other deductions (about 6 to 7% of the salary), will be withheld from paychecks.