Seeking Urban Data Science Postdoctoral Fellows at the SofC

November 15, 2021 by School of Cities Staff

Area of Research:

GIS-Spatial Data Analysis / Neighbourhood Change / Data Science

Position Overview:

We are seeking postdoctoral fellows to help build a new research and teaching team with expertise in urban data science, data visualization, data justice, and mapping. The urban data science team will work on numerous research projects related to the Urban Displacement Project’s work on commercial, cultural, climate, and residential displacement around the
world, while also helping to build several short online courses on urban data analytics. While contributing to the team, postdoctoral fellows will also work on independent research projects and publications.

Read Application Instructions and apply now!

The School of Cities (SofC) is a solutions incubator for urban-focused researchers, educators, students, practitioners and the general public to explore the complex global challenges facing urban centres. A living laboratory, the school leverages urban data and lived experience to improve policy and decision-making, and collaborates with communities around the world to make local decisions that have real impact. With the recent launch of the University of Toronto’s Data Sciences Institute, as well as the School of Cities’ own Urban Data Centre and Mobility Network, the School of Cities is well-positioned to become a global leader in urban data science.

We are seeking one-three candidates for a term lasting for one year (with the potential to renew) at the SofC. Candidates should be keen to advance new research approaches,
disseminate findings to broad audiences, and support and mentor students of diverse backgrounds at the university and around the world. We are particularly interested in finding candidates with urban domain expertise (planning, geography, public policy, sociology, or political science). Previous work experience in the public or nonprofit sector is a plus.
Supervised by Professor Chapple, the postdoctoral fellow will have office space at the School of Cities (University of Toronto St. George campus) and will have opportunities to collaborate with interdisciplinary researchers in multiple departments across the tri-campus University of Toronto. The University of Toronto is a globally ranked research university that offers postdoctoral fellows the highest levels of opportunity for professional and scholarly training, network development, and the opportunity to engage with stakeholders throughout the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.

Description of Duties:

The successful candidate will act as research and pedagogy manager, conducting and disseminating research and developing curriculum. The postdoctoral fellow will help develop an interdisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate student researchers to assist with both research tasks and course development.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD degree in a field such as geography, planning, political science, sociology, public policy, data science, information, computer science, or similar, awarded within past 5 years;
  • Extensive knowledge of urban planning, policy and governance;
  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative analysis; fluency in data analytics, interactive visualization (e.g., Tableau), and GIS (e.g.,  ArcGIS, QGIS, Leaflet, Mapbox); and programming skills (R or Python);
  • Experience with research design and managing complex data collection and analysis approaches.
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English;
  • Excellent personal time management, project management and organizational skills.
  • Experience in knowledge translation of academic research and/or research collaboration with external stakeholders.



$60,000/ year + conference travel + benefits + 15 days of vacation

The successful candidate will be eligible to apply for additional travel and research supports designated for postdoctoral fellows based at the SofC.

Application instructions

All individuals interested in this position must submit a cover letter and short research statement, a CV, and contact details for two references to Karen Chapple at

Please email materials in a single PDF with the subject line: SofC-UDS PDF.

Closing date:

December 15, 2021


Professor Karen Chapple  

Expected start date:

December 1 or later


1 year


1 Full-time equivalent

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.