Applying for a position in CLEAR

Thank you for your interest in joining CLEAR!

CLEAR meeting. Photo by Bojan Fürst. 

We are currently seeking an Indigenous PhD or Master’s student in place-based sciences. We are also looking to hire beneficiaries of Nunatsiavut as a graduate or undergraduate research assistant from one of the Inuit communities in Labrador to work on a project monitoring plastic in wild food in the region. For more information about these targetted positions, please contact Dr. Max Liboiron at

If you are interested in another position at CLEAR, we often hire undergraduate, graduate, and staff research assistants. We also host visiting researchers from other organizations. We welcome artists, engineers, scientists, social scientists, and people with diverse disciplinary backgrounds. We also have university staff and community members in our lab. We work together as a team in all activities, aiding one another and building on our collective strengths.

Application to CLEAR is highly competitive. We receive over 100 applications a year for a handful of positions. Given this volume, we are looking for not only good researchers, but for a demonstrated dedication to and familiarity with place-based, activist, feminist, Indigenous, anti-racist, and/or anti-colonial values and practices. As such, we prioritize the ability for applications to articulate the link between science and politics, knowledge production and ethics, and our obligations as knowledge producers to the wider public. We expect that applicants are versed in these topics (via readings, activities, previous mentoring, etc) rather than discovering them at the moment of applying to the lab. Applicants to do not have to replicate our politics so much as we are looking for a working knowledge of how science is political, and how applicants are maneuvering that. 

We care about how applicants can strengthen the lab in accordance with CLEAR’s goals of equity, justice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and humility in knowledge production. In particular, we’re looking for how applicants articulate their role in reciprocal collaborative settings, rather than how the lab will help or suit them. Note that because many of our activities are centered around public events and community groups as well as written work, we look for above-average speaking and writing abilities, bilingualism, and existing connections to community science.

Interested applicants should email CLEAR’s director, Dr. Max Liboiron ( with the following:

  • A short letter of introduction (an email is fine) detailing the capacity in which you would like to join CLEAR (MA in Sociology? PhD in Geography? work term in engineering? artist-in-residence? volunteer?), your previous training or experience (formal or informal), what you require to hold a position (funding? special equipment? dedicated space?) and a short synopsis of a knowledge/art/research area and why you want to work with CLEAR specifically;
    • This should include a statement of experience in feminist methods, activism, anti-colonial or queer science, or other value-based approaches to knowledge production.  This means a description of not only how/why you are invested in these politics, but how you can add synergy, value, and experience to these frameworks. 
  • A CV/resume, including a list of at least two references;
  • Unofficial transcripts, if applying for a student position.

If the letter of introduction aligns with what CLEAR can offer and what we need, Dr. Liboiron will continue the conversation.

Inclusion statement: We accept all genders, people from all disciplines and training backgrounds, a wide range of ages (our youngest lab member is 7), and prioritize Indigenous applicants from anywhere in the world, and local applicants from the province.


Last updated August 2019.