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Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Type: full time, one-year position, salary + benefits
Organization: Future Earth
Location: Montréal QC

The Montreal Hub is seeking a candidate to lead the development of a Research and Innovation Agenda for Sustainability in the Digital Age.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other digital technologies have the potential to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems, such as climate change, food insecurity, public health risks, and more. Yet, global sustainability is not an inevitable outcome of the digital revolution, as such there is a need and an opportunity to focus AI development towards a holistic approach that considers full human-natural systems and prioritizes problems worth solving. To address this challenge and opportunity we will work with leaders and innovators from artificial intelligence (AI), Earth systems science, environmental policy and advocacy communities to develop a Research and Innovation Agenda that outlines the “problems worth solving” and the transformative opportunities that can lead to systems change for addressing climate change and global sustainability more broadly.

The Research and Innovation Agenda will be developed through consultations and research led by a team at the Montreal Hub. The scope of work will encompass the following phases (1) background research on range of opportunities and challenges; (2) online consultations; (3) an in-person workshop convening 40-70 technology and sustainability experts in Montreal 2019; (4) final report preparation, and launch of the agenda.

Future Earth – About us

The challenges facing the planet and its people today are vast and complex. At Future Earth, we are convinced that the way to accelerate transformations to a more sustainable and equitable planet, is to draw on collective knowledge. We harness the experience and reach of thousands of scientists and innovators from across the globe. Together, this global community facilitates research, mobilizes networks, sparks innovation, and turns knowledge into action. Future Earth has five global hubs located in the US (Colorado), Canada (Montreal), Japan (Tokyo), Sweden (Stockholm) and France (Paris), connected through a dynamic network that also includes regional centres, national networks and partner organizations. More about us here.

Location : Montreal (Canada)

Start of contract : ASAP

Duration : One year

Employment Type : Full-time

Contract Salary scale : Commensurate with experience

Supervisor : Future Earth Executive Director, working with the Montreal Hub Manager

Role and responsibilities

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join our team to help lead the development of a Research and Innovation Agenda at the intersection of AI/Information and Communication Technologies, climate change and global sustainability. The fellow must have expertise in a field relevant to AI, big data, digital innovation, operational research. The candidate is expected to conduct research and analysis (leading to a peer-reviewed publication), help facilitate dialogue and mobilize a broad group of international experts at the intersection of AI/digital and global sustainability to develop a cutting-edge, forward-looking Research and Innovation Agenda. The candidate will be responsible for building strong linkages with the AI and digital community. He/she will help conduct literature review, as well as conduct interviews with high-level experts, and help shape and facilitate an online dialogue and in-person workshop. The candidate will work as part of a team with both a Research and a Project Coordinator and with a senior advisor from the Earth systems and policy field.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Recent PhD graduate (under 2 years) in a field relevant to AI, big data, digital innovation, operational research or other related discipline;

  • Understanding of global environmental change and sustainability issues;

  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership or project management position;

  • Ability to synthesize and communicate complex technical concepts to a non-technical audience;

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders in a multicultural environment;

  • Experience with online dialogues, facilitation or community management a plus;

  • Full command of written and spoken English; working knowledge of French a plus;

  • Sound judgment, tactful and sensitive to diverse cultures and constituents;

  • Good relationship management skills;

  • Availability to work outside normal working hours;

  • Availability to travel internationally;

  • As the position is based in Montreal, the candidate requires a Work Permit for Quebec.


This is a full time, one-year position. We offer an extended health benefits package and a pension plan.

Application procedure

Applicants for this position are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing how their skills and experience meet the requirements of the role. Please also include the name and contact details for two references. Documentation should be combined in one PDF file, in english. Applications should be sent via email with ‘Sustainability in the Digital Age: Post-doctoral fellow’ in the subject line to . We will be accepting applications until the position has been filled. Interviews will be held in Montreal or online as necessary.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Sep 21 2018    Numéro : 48466