Post-doc: Surveillance and Social Sorting

The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting research project seeks to fill one post-doctoral fellow position, starting summer 2012 based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal.

The fellow will be supervised by Professor Kevin D. Haggerty (University of Alberta). The fellow will be expected to work on her/his own research initiatives and will also be involved in several research initiatives pertaining to surveillance, including working on a report on ‘Surveillance in Canada’ and a workshop on ‘Surveillance and Warfare’ to be held at the University of Alberta. They will also be involved in writing grants and generally contributing to the New Transparency and related projects.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with a number of scholars and students associated with the New Transparency project at the University of Alberta, Queen’s University, the University of Victoria, and the Open University in the UK. In addition, the post-doctoral fellow will find a wide range of programs at the University of Alberta that provide opportunities for enrichment and collaboration.

Applicants should be recent recipients of a doctoral degree in a relevant social science, with demonstrated interest and expertise in critical approaches to surveillance. Areas of specialization and disciplinary approaches are open.

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 contract teaching position with the Department of Sociology. Modest funds will also be provided for conference travel, equipment and other research expenses. The fellow will be expected to be in residence in Edmonton, Canada, for the duration of the position and be an active colleague within the University of Alberta and the New Transparency project.

Application deadline is March 31, 2012. Please send application materials in electronic form to Curtis Champagne, Assistant Chair, Department of Sociology; curtis.champagne at

Applications should include a CV, a letter describing suitability for the fellowship, a statement outlining the proposed research project(s), two writing samples and full contact details for three individuals who would be willing to write letters of reference.

For more information, please contact:
Kevin D. Haggerty, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. T6G 2H4. 780-492-3297.

This fellowship is made possible through a Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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