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Post Doctoral Scholar, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Haskayne School of Business

Job ID: 24604

Updated: December 4, 2021

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Area: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Duration: One-year, with possibility of renewal

Start Date: April 2022

Salary: 50,000 $CAD per annum, plus University of Calgary Plan C health benefits

The Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Entrepreneurship and Innovation .

Job Description:

This postdoctoral scholar position will be part of a research team to support a SSHRC Insight grant funding the project “Building gender-inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems in Canada.” Dr. Chad Saunders of the Haskayne School of Business will be the primary supervisor for the postdoctoral scholar and Dr. Karen Hughes will co-supervise. Dr. Saunders is located at the University of Calgary and is an expert on entrepreneurial support and policy.  Dr. Hughes is the Alex Hamilton Professor at the Alberta School of Business (University of Alberta) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Diana International Research Institute (DIRI) at Babson College. She has published widely on issues relating to gender, entrepreneurship, and economic change. 

This project utilizes data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Canada and will provide an excellent opportunity to contribute to innovative analysis and publication activity, and to gain familiarity with the GEM Canada ( and GEM projects ( The primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral scholar will include:
•    Planning of research activities and survey design; 
•    Planning and assisting with data collection and analysis of results; working with the survey vendor to ensure data quality; 
•    Writing research papers and reports; 
•    Preparation of presentations and peer reviewed publications; 
•    Assisting with proposal preparation for new research activities (including assisting in the preparation of research grant applications and contract proposals); and 
•    Presenting research results in seminars, scientific conferences and or related settings and communities.  

The specific objectives of the position are to:

•    Develop and implement data collection instruments to evaluate gender-inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems in Canada
•    Collect, analyze, and interpret data using primarily quantitative methods approaches
•    Develop an action and evaluation plan for implementation of evaluate gender-inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems in Canada

Time will be provided for the postdoctoral scholar to continue to build and advance their own program of work. The successful scholar will be encouraged to apply for national/international awards.


•    Recent* PhD in entrepreneurship and innovation or related field is required (Completed PhD by commencement of the position is required).
•    Experience working with interdisciplinary research teams
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•    Ability to work independently as part of a research team
•    Desire to learn new research methods related to Indigenous ways of knowing, strengths-based and collaborative research, and contribute to learning of others in an interdisciplinary research team

Asset Qualifications:

•    Experience and knowledge of academic research and policy on gender and entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial ecosystems is considered an asset 
•    Skills and knowledge in quantitative (survey) research approaches is considered an asset
•    Experience with research ethics boards and following ethics protocols is considered an asset

*Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

This is a one-year appointment with the opportunity for renewal based on satisfactory performance and available funding. The successful candidate would be expected to apply for the University of Calgary’s Eyes High Postdoctoral Match-Funding Program. While funding for this position is not contingent on receiving the Eyes High matching funds, additional funding for travel or research would be provided to the candidate if these matching funds were secured.  

Application details:  
Please submit application by email to Dr. Chad Saunders [email protected]  on or before January 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm MST. 

Please submit your application as a single PDF file with the subject line: Postdoctoral application – [Your name]. All applications must include:
•    Cover Letter summarizing your interest in this position, your qualifications, relevant experience, career goals, and description of how postdoc training will contribute to these goals
•    Current curriculum vitae (CV); 
•    Official or unofficial copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s); and
•    Contact information including email addresses for three (3) references to support the application 

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is hired.

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.

Visit the websites for the Haskayne School of Business and the Alberta School of Business for more information about our Faculty.

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about the Haskayne School of Business visit Careers in the Haskayne School of Business.

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