JOB POSTING: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Employment Standards Enforcement

A research partnership studying employment standards enforcement, under the academic direction of Professor Leah F. Vosko, Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work, Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, is pleased to announce a competition for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, tenable at York University for the 2015-2016 academic year, with the possibility of renewal.

York The partnership invites applications from, in particular, interdisciplinary scholars who have earned a doctorate in the Social Sciences or Law and have a research background in fields such as work & society, gender & work, labour studies, or political economy.  The Fellow will participate in this research partnership involving community legal clinics, worker centres, a private law firm, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, the Law Commission of Ontario, the Ministry of Labour, and academic researchers from seven Canadian universities. The focus of the research is the enforcement of employment standards in Ontario (i.e., minimum conditions in areas such as wages, working time, and vacations and leaves). The partnership aims to map the nature and scope of ES violations; document enforcement practices in order to identify regulatory challenges; and develop alternative models of enforcement that may be applied in Ontario and other jurisdictions in Canada and internationally.  The Fellow will also devote part of his or her time to a project associated with the research partnership involving the construction of a cross-national research database on employment standards.

The successful candidate will have strong statistical analysis skills that can be applied to social science research questions. This should include direct experience working with large survey or administrative datasets and excellent data management skills. Knowledge of statistical analysis software (such as SPSS, Stata, or R) is required. A familiarity with qualitative research methods, such as in-depth interviewing or archival document analysis, would be an asset.  Graduate level training in both quantitative and qualitative social science research methodology is required. Once the postdoctoral fellow is established in the position, s/he will have opportunities to collaborate on publications, participate in conference presentations, and engage in other forms of knowledge mobilization. 

The Fellow will receive an annual salary of $46,410, office space at York University, use of a computer and full access to York University libraries. S/he will be supervised by Professor Leah F. Vosko and will work closely with lead community and university based researchers in the Research Partnership as well graduate and undergraduate students.

Applications will be reviewed starting on July 31, 2015 for a position to commence September 1, 2015 (or to be negotiated).  Applicants should forward a cover letter, a brief research statement , curriculum vitae, and a writing sample, as well as have three confidential academic letters of reference in one PDF document (except for reference letters which may be sent separately by referees) to Min-Jung Kwak at All correspondences should be addressed to:

Professor Leah F. Vosko 
Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work 
618 (Gender and Work Unit) 
Kaneff Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON Canada M3J 1P3
Applications from non-Canadian scholars, as well as scholars with diverse work experience in public sector organizations or NGOs, are welcome.

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