The Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) division at Carleton University is currently accepting applications for two postdoctoral fellows. The postdoctoral fellows will be involved in the launch and management of a new knowledge infrastructure project being created to form new understandings on Canada’s charitable sector. Together with the Muttart Foundation, the Lawson Foundation, the Metcalf Foundation, and the Vancouver Foundation, the Canadian Insights Charity Project (CICP) will work to examine and publish real-time data on the Charitable sector. The data generated through this work will support the long-term economic viability, impact, and resiliency of the sector by assisting policymakers in making evidence-based policy decisions, developing data capacity for practitioners, and expanding knowledge of Canada’s charitable sector for all stakeholders, including the general public.

The successful candidates will be supervised by Dr. Paloma Raggo, faculty in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. Responsibilities for the two fellowships vary, but will include managing large datasets, project management, running advanced statistical models, writing manuscripts, presenting results, and mentoring students. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with students, international collaborators and national stakeholders. The fellows will help with the recruitment and onboarding of study participants, the brainstorming of survey questionnaires, collection and analysis of study data and the development of a knowledge infrastructure hub that will help to promote access and understanding of the data collected about the sector.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

The two separate postdoctoral positions are as follows

  1. For this position, we are looking for someone who has the experience and specific knowledge on survey methodology, opinion polling and statistics. Experience with data management is an asset.
  2. For this position, we are looking for someone with a background in education, scientific outreach, online teaching. Experience with data management is an asset.

Required qualifications

  • PhD in social or data sciences, education, or related fields to data-management and the philanthropic sector
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative skills and experience analyzing complex data, survey, online teaching, particularly relevant for position #1
  • Effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously with little supervision
  • Demonstrated research productivity and publication

Though not required, the ability to speak French and the aptitude to collaborate effectively are considered assets.

Duration of appointment: 2 years with the possibility for a 1-year extension, totaling 3 years contingent on satisfactory work performance. Start date between June 1, 2022 and September 1, 2022 depending on candidate availability. The position is contingent on securing Mitacs funding and the selected candidates will be asked to review the final application.

Salary: $65,000/year

The postdoc candidates would be considered unionized members under PSAC Local 77000. More information on this union can be found here:

How to apply

Please email the following documents to with the subject: Postdoctoral position

The application file (please assemble all in one PDF) should contain:

Curriculum vita (CV) which include a list of publications
Brief statement (1-2 pages) describing your interest in this position, fit with this program of research, and future research goals. Please identify clearly which position you would like to be considered for (#1 or #2).
Academic writing sample and if applicable or available an outreach/public commentary writing sample.
Names and contact information of three individuals, preferably academic references, who can be contacted to provide references upon request.
Although not required at the application stage, applicants can have reference letters emailed to Dr. Raggo: if they wish.

Application deadline: May 1, 2022 though applications will continue to be reviewed after this date until the positions are filled.