Dr. Max Liboiron (they/them, Michif/Red River Métis) has four paid graduate positions available in their lab (CLEAR lab) based in the interdisciplinary department of Geography at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Positions can be either in either the MA or MSc streams based on applicants’ strengths and research projects. The area of study is broadly concerning environmental pollution, particularly plastics pollution, and/or justice-based research methodologies. CLEAR specializes in anti-colonial and feminist methods, particularly in science, but master’s projects can also consider community-based research, citational politics, Indigenizing quantitative methods, feminist methods, arts-based methods, radical archives, open science hardware, and other methodologies that center justice in both theory and practice. Applicants can be from various disciplines, including gender studies, biology, anthropology, earth sciences, science and technology studies, chemistry, environmental studies, environmental sciences, sociology, applied mathematics, fine arts, history, library sciences, and/or geography (and others!). While the disciplinary background is open, we are looking for students who are critical thinkers, have an operational concept of justice (ideally through lived experience or practice), and have communities of accountability outside of academia to ground their work.

Graduate stipends are $20,000 a year for two years. Additional funding for underrepresented students is possible. Tuition is not included. As per grant conditions, priority will be given to Indigenous applicants. The expected start date is Sept 2023 (though it can be July 2023 or January 2024 if required).

CLEAR’s membership is characterized by 2SLGBTQIA+, gender minority (women, non-binary, gender fluid, grey gender, and trans), BIPOC, and local people. Our investment in justice-based methods extends to the lab itself, from how we run lab meetings to who and how we cite. The lab is quite large (20-30 people), and we do a lot of peer-to-peer learning and mentorship. Membership includes high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, full-time and part-time staff, and other faculty. An application to this position is also an application to the CLEAR community. You may want to consult the CLEAR lab book before applying.

Applicants should contact Dr. Liboiron before applying formally (mliboiron [at] mun.ca). In your email, please include:

  • A position statement (who you are and how that impacts what you want to study, including how you are an insider/outsider to that area of study)
  • Your proposed area of research and your general approach to it, including whether you want to pursue the MA or MSc (like a mini-proposal)
  • Your previous experience in your proposed area
  • Ensure you address: critical thinking; an operational concept of justice; and accountability to non-academic community/ies

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis– if this ad is still up, positions are still available. Applicants should look at the CLEAR lab website before applying.