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Senior Research Associate – Narratives on Migration

Department: CERC in Migration and Integration

Position supervisor: Anna Triandafyllidou, Canada Excellence Research Chair

Contract length: 2 years (could be renewed for a 3rd year)

Hours of work per week: 36.25

Position type: Senior Research Fellow

Rate of pay: $75,000 + Benefits

Location: Toronto, Canada (please note there is no remote possibility for this position)

About the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration

The Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration (CERC Migration) is led by Professor Anna Triandafyllidou. The program is producing innovative and usable knowledge on the links between migration and post-migration processes, forced and voluntary mobility, internal and international migration, and the role of countries of origin and transit. CERC Migration pays special attention to Canadian realities while also engaging in comparative research with and among other countries in various global regions.

The CERC Migration program at Toronto Metropolitan University is home to a team of 25 researchers ranging from pre- to post-doctoral and senior level positions, 13 current graduate student scholarship holders, as well as part-time research assistants that support the program’s various projects. The program also hosts internationally recognized researchers, civil society fellows, and early career researchers for research stays throughout the year through its Scholar of Excellence, Global Exchange Fellow, and Civil Society Fellow streams. CERC Migration engages with academic, practitioner, and public audiences through knowledge exchange of webinars, creative storytelling projects, a Policy Brief Series, Working Paper Series, conferences, and training workshops, reaching more than 6,000 scholars, students, policy-makers and representatives of civil society each year.

The CERC Migration program is an initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS).

The opportunity

The CERC in Migration and Integration at Toronto Metropolitan University invites applications of interest from early and mid-career researchers who work in the broader field of narratives on migration and integration in Canada and in comparative perspective with a special emphasis on the role of social media in shaping those narratives. The relevant candidate should have related expertise in the field of populism and nativism, public attitudes on migration, and with a focus on how these are being shaped in the current context where communication is dominated by the social media. Candidates with expertise in statistical analysis of public attitudes as well as with expertise specifically on the analysis of social media and related specialized software are particularly encouraged to apply.

CERC Migration offers an opportunity to pursue new research, develop leadership potential, and collaborate internationally working as part of a research team, headed by Professor Anna Triandafyllidou, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, at Ryerson University.


An applicant must hold a PhD in the social sciences, with a strong publication and research track record on migration. The candidate must demonstrate comparative perspectives as well as analytical thinking beyond case studies. Fluency in English is required; French knowledge and international experience are assets. Previous experience in research fund raising is also an asset.

How to apply

Candidates are invited to submit by 5 PM on January 31, 2023, by email to a complete application package, with the following documents combined in one file, including:

  1. a brief CV (2-4 pages)
  2. a brief outline of their PhD or other major research work indicating its main findings and contribution to the field (2-4 pages)
  3. a motivation letter (max 2 pages)
  4. a list of three potential referees 

Please just the subject heading line: Senior Research Associate, Narratives – “your name”

About Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @TorontoMet (external link) , @TorontoMetHR (external link)  and @ECItorontomet (external link)  on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page (external link) .

Toronto Metropolitan University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead for support during the selection process.