Joining CLEAR

Thank you for your interest in joining CLEAR! We welcome applications from academics, community members, scientists, those with non-traditional career paths, and others who connect with our work based on the available positions listed below.

CLEAR’s membership is characterized by 2SLGBTQIA+, gender minority (women, non-binary, gender fluid, and trans), BIPOC, and local people. CLEAR members include high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, full-time and part-time staff, and professors in addition to our director, Dr. Max Liboiron (they/them, Red River Métis/Michif & white settler). Our goal is to infuse our values of humility, accountability, and good land relations into everything we do, from how we run lab meetings to who and how we cite. We prioritize peer-to-peer learning and co-mentorship. An application to any CLEAR position is also an application to this community. We highly recommend consulting the CLEAR lab book before applying, as it details many of our cultural norms and expectations.

Researcher positions:
There are currently no open graduate student positions in CLEAR (they are all filled!).

  • Lab Manager: Full-time staff position based in St. John’s, NL. Requires a master’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a natural science discipline and knowledge of plastic pollution research. June 2, 2023 closing date. August 2023 start date.
  • Post-doctoral position: in justice-oriented plastic pollution research and management based in St. John’s, NL. Requires a PhD in natural sciences and demonstration of knowledge of feminist, anti-colonial, Indigenous/TEK, and/or queer scientific praxis. June 2, 2023 closing date. August 2023 start date.
  • Post-doctoral position: in the creation and evaluation of community-based research in Nunatsiavut. Can be remote. June 2, 2023 closing date. August 2023 start date.
  • Laboratory Technician. Full-time staff position based in St. John’s, NL. Requires some experience in laboratory work. Entry-level position with all training provided. June 2, 2023 closing date. August 2023 start date.

Prospective externally funded graduate or postdoc students: All graduate students applying to CLEAR must be fully funded. The positions listed above are the only ones for which we currently have funding. If you are a graduate student who already has external funding or are applying for funding from a research agency such as the Tri-Council or Fullbright (not self-funded), you are more than welcome to send an introductory email.

Community partnerships on plastic pollution monitoring: We welcome partnerships with not-for-profit community groups in Newfoundland and Labrador, from school classrooms to ENGOs to rural municipalities, who are looking to monitor plastic pollution in their areas. We also work with several Indigenous councils and communities from across Canada and internationally. We often provide pro bono technical training, co-application for funding/grants, use of our lab space, and other forms of capacity sharing in these cases. See our plastic monitoring project page for details on the type of work we do.