Canadian Mountain Network(CMN) Fellow in Indigenous Knowledge and Decolonization of Science

ALES Resource Ec & Envir Soc

Competition No.  -    A108946197
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

College of National and Applied Sciences
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

The Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) was established in 2019 to support the resilience and health of Canada’s mountain peoples and places through research partnerships based on Indigenous and Western ways of knowing that inform decision-making and action. CMN is based at the University of Alberta and includes diverse partners from across northwestern Canada. Learn more about CMN:

Dr. Brenda Parlee Professor in Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology is the Principal Investigator of Tracking Change (SSHRC-PG) focused on the sustainability of the Mackenzie River Basin and a collaborative project/network in Alberta focused on monitoring and co-management. She is also PI of a proposed major research program on Biodiversity and Indigenous Health and Well-being. Her lab comprises numerous collaborations with Indigenous governments and organizations in Canada and globally with a major strengthening the role of Indigenous knowledge systems in monitoring, resource management and in addressing complex questions of resource development and climate change.

The postdoctoral position is available for a 3-year term (one year with the possibility of renewals for up to two years). The successful candidate would work as part of a network of Indigenous Scholars at the University of Alberta with opportunities to establish and grow their own research program and contribute to the strengthening of capacity in Indigenous-led scholarship across the institution. The candidate would also be required to teach one course (i.e., an undergraduate course in the Environment and Conservation Science program) and work to advance one or more of the following research program areas:

  • Indigenous Science in Resource Management: This project investigates how Indigenous knowledge and practices can be strengthened and respected inland/water/wildlife management in i) Alberta; ii) the Mackenzie River Basin.
  • Indigenous-Led Biodiversity Conservation: This project focuses on building opportunities for led conservation in Alberta, Canada and globally in ways that contribute to social, economic sustainability and health and well-being in Indigenous communities.
  • Mobilization of Indigenous Knowledge and Science in Online Resources and Curricula: The project involves mobilizing previously documented knowledge in online curricula (online course) and developing new opportunities for respecting Indigenous knowledge in post-secondary STEM education.

The candidate is expected to have:

  • A PhD (or defending soon) in ecology, conservation biology, conservation sciences, health sciences, environmental sociology, or a closely related field);
  • A research program related to Indigenous knowledge systems and the opportunities and challenges of decolonizing science.

The following would be an asset:

  • Previous experience in community-based or collaborative research including experience working for/with Indigenous governments and organizations;
  • Previous experience and expertise teaching at a post-secondary institution;
  • Evidence of academic excellence and leadership (e.g., publication record);
  • Knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, prioritize, adapt to rapidly shifting priorities and manage research projects from start to publication;
  • Excellent written, communication, and interpersonal skills for peer-reviewed publications and for interactions with other researchers and the public.

To Apply:

Starting date: January 1, 2022

Forward a cover letter along with your CV and contact information of two references to: Dr. Brenda Parlee, PhD.

Interested candidates should forward:

  • A letter of interest that details how you meet the requirements of the position;
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • Clear evidence of engagement with, or connections to, an Indigenous community,organizations, and/or institutions;
  • Two samples of scholarly publications;
  • A 1-page statement of research interests;

This search is consistent with a broader University commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, along with Indigenous Initiatives and engagement with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply however, the position will be awarded to an Indigenous scholar. Applicants must self-identify and are encouraged to demonstrate Indigenous community connection. Equity-deserving candidates are also welcome to apply.

How to Apply


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.