Date Position is Available July 1, 2022 or negotiable
Application Deadline February 15, 2022 (February 1 for additional funding through the School of Public Policy and Administration)
Location Carleton University, Ottawa with collaborations at University of Alberta
Title PhD Research Assistant
Position Mountain Pine Beetle risk management options with multiple stakeholders and right holders
Annual Salary $ 13,000 in research assistantship + $ 8,000 in scholarship (both for 4 years)


This funding will be offered to a successful candidate who applies to the PhD program in the School of Public Policy and Administration for a start in the PhD program by September 2022. The student will be working with Stephan Schott and his interdisciplinary team on the evaluation of multiple objectives and trade-offs in Mountain Pine Beetle management, the costs, benefits and risk of various management options and the coordination of policies and forestry management across jurisdictions and provinces. The student will join the  Social-Ecological Research and Applications Collaborative and will collaborate with other students, faculty and Postdoctoral fellows in the Biology Department. The research is part of a multidisciplinary Genome Canada project that seeks to develop risk management frameworks to support communities and government agencies in responding to Mountain Pine Beetle outbreaks in Western Canada and to prevent further Eastward spread.

Roles and responsibilities

The PhD student will assist in literature reviews, data collection, data analysis, dissemination of results, and the organization of workshops and field work in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The student will independently conduct economic and risk and tradeoff analysis with quantitative and qualitative methods. The student will develop his/her/their own dissertation topic within the boundaries of the research project. The student will regularly validate research results, data collection and research steps with community partners, stakeholders and research collaborators.

Opportunities to travel to multiple locations in Western Canada will be provided (with existing funding) to develop relationships and engage with relevant communities and research partners, design methods and coordinate data collection, analysis, and disseminate findings.

The candidate will be supervised by Dr. Stephan Schott (Carleton University).


The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in economics, business, public policy or a related field. Experience in quantitative analysis and/or conducting qualitative research such as surveys or focus groups, workshop coordination and administration, and semi-structured interviews is an asset.

Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

How to Apply

Applications including CV, a short statement of research interest and suitability for the position (max one page) and two reference contacts should be sent to An official application to the PhD in Public Policy needs to be submitted as well:

The School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University is strongly committed to diversity within their community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of color, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

For specific inquiries, please contact Dr. Stephan Schott: