Postdoctoral Fellowship

Description of duties:

The Culinaria Research Centre at the University of Toronto invites applications for up to two postdoctoral fellowships in the field of Food Studies to study directly with the range of faculty at the University of Toronto working in food studies. The appointments will be for one year, with an opportunity for renewal for an additional year, starting in the summer of 2020. The postdoctoral fellows will be expected to pursue independent research in food studies and to contribute meaningfully to the Culinaria community. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in collaborative research on food and urban resiliency.

Required qualifications:

These fellowships are open to scholars who have completed a Ph.D. in Food Studies or any related field in the humanities and social sciences, by the time of appointment and within the last five years. Though we welcome applicants in any area of the study of the food, culture, and society, we are, this year, particularly interested in applicants with primary research experience in one or more of the following areas: urban food security; food activism; food, urban livelihoods/labour, and urban agriculture; and food and urban resiliency. The postdoctoral fellow, in addition to interacting with faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, community partners, and food professionals across a wide range of disciplines, can join a multiyear community-engaged research grant “City Food: Resiliency in a Global City.” This collaborative research, emphasizing how local communities develop creative solutions to stresses and failures within urban culinary infrastructure. The fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to different shared research outcomes. In addition to engaging in independent research, the postdoctoral fellow might assist in planning and administering collaborative research projects, and other related events. Additional details about the positions are offered below.

Application instructions:
Applications should be submitted by 15 March 2020, but review of applications will begin immediately.
Applications should include: 1) a cover letter, listing the names and contact info of three references that we may contact as needed in the review process; 2) a curriculum vitae ;3) a writing sample; and 4) a statement of current and future research interests that explains, if applicable, how their research contributes to the goals of the City Food project.
Applications should be submitted to
Questions regarding the positions should be directed to Daniel Bender, Director, Culinaria Research Centre (

Closing date:15 March 2020
Supervisor: Prof. Daniel Bender, Director of Culinaria Research Centre
Expected start date: 1 July 2020
Term: 1 July 2020-30 June 2021, with opportunity for a 1-year renewal.
Salary: $45,000 per year
FTE: The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training 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.