Post Doctoral Associate/Fellow (Visions of Policing)

Date: Nov 22, 2022

Location: Other, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Position Title: Post Doctoral Associate/Fellow (Visions of Policing)

Term: 1 year, with possibility of renewal up to 3 years subject to performance

Hours of work: The normal hours of work are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.  Flexibility in hours will be required, including evening and/or weekend work.  When possible, the manager will adjust the work schedule so that no more than 35 hours are worked in a week.

Posted on: November 22, 2022

Posting ends: December 7, 2022


Position Summary:


Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the post doctoral associate/fellow will be responsible for assisting Visions of Policing, a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded project partnered with scholars based in the United Kingdom, Germany and France to examine how visual technologies are impacting police oversight and training.


It is a mixed methods project, utilizing document ethnography, observational ethnography, ethnographic interviewing, social media analyses, and vernacular video analyses to better understand what constitutes a “reasonable” police officer. The successful candidate will join a team of established researchers with strong publication and funding records in the areas of policing and civilian police oversight. There will be opportunities for co-publication with project leads, and the project will support travel to venues to disseminate project findings.


The post doctoral associate/fellow will undertake an ambitious program of ethnographic and documentary-ethnographic research on training police officer reasonableness. The role is anticipated to include direct observation of new-recruit and in-service training activities, and may involve considerable deployment to field sites across Ontario and Canada. The role requires an experienced ethnographer with strong field-work, time management, and research dissemination skills. The successful candidate will receive instruction and guidance on the role, but must also be prepared to make adjustments and adaptations as necessary in the field. A PhD in Sociology, Criminology, Anthropology, or another relevant social science discipline is required at the time of appointment.





  • Undertake directed research in support of the Visions of Policing team

  • Conduct background research and literature review on “the reasonable officer”

  • Perform ethnographic observations of training exercises

  • Conduct ethnographic interviewing with semi-structured interview schedule

  • Maintain database(s) of research materials (field notes, documents, A/V recordings, etc.)

  • Prepare independent research outputs and participate in collaborative research dissemination

  • Collaborate with international partners and conduct comparative data analyses

  • Prepare research findings for dissemination, including conference presentations, scholarly journal publications, monograph preparation, etc.


Other duties

  • Conduct background readings, literature reviews, etc.

  • Network with scholars in the field and share research updates

  • Assist with document preparation including annual reports and ethics applications

  • Contribute to project blog, YouTube, Twitter, and other public-facing research outputs



Qualifications – Required: PhD 

Qualifications – Discipline: Sociology, Criminology, Anthropology, or another relevant social science discipline

Qualifications - Additional: 


  • Familiarity with policing and police oversight in Canada

  • Excellent time management, organization, and communication skills

  • Writing and presentation skills

  • Excellent computer literacy (i.e., MS Windows and Office suite)


Salary: $36,000 - $40,000 per year

Application Deadline: December 7, 2022


Submit with Application:


  • Cover letter (including date of degree conferral)
  • CV


Applications may be addressed to:

Dr. Patrick Watson

Department of Criminology

Wilfrid Laurier University

Brantford, Ontario


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