Joining CLEAR

Thank you for your interest in joining CLEAR! We welcome applications from academics, community members, scientists, artists, and others who connect with our work. We are a mix of Indigenous and non-Indigenous lab members, and our membership includes a wide range of genders and backgrounds. As a lab, we strive to create and maintain an anticolonial and feminist research collective.

Community partnerships: 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 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.

Researcher positions (all types): We get many, many more requests to work with us than we have positions to fill. At the moment, we have the following researcher positions available:

  • Multiple part-time (40 or 80 hours/semester) undergraduate research assistant positions for students enrolled at Memorial University in at least one course in the summer. These are part of Memorial’s MUCEP and ISWEP programs. These positions are posted near the start of each semester. Apply via
  • One summer youth position (age 15-30) for part-time or full-time work based in St. John’s or any community in Nunatsiavut. See link above for details.

Prospective graduate students: All graduate students applying to CLEAR must be fully funded. The positions listed above are the only ones we currently have existing funding for. If you are a graduate student who is applying for or already has external funding, you are welcome to apply as well. Notes for these applications:

  • Include an introductory email before you officially apply! Include why you think you’d be a good fit at CLEAR, your research interests, and a position statement (who you are, who you are accountable to, where you’re from). We highly, highly recommend looking through this website and our lab book before you start. A fit with lab values is one of the primary considerations for selection. Email this introduction to Dr. Max Liboiron.
  • Any research involving Indigenous groups or on Indigenous lands (including the Arctic) must be initiated by that group. That is, we only do research with them and/or at their request and explicit invitation. See our Guidelines for Research With Indigenous Groups.
  • We are disciplinarily agnostic– whether your background is in art, biology, cultural studies, gender studies, or cartography, we’re happy to consider your application. Geography is a wonderfully flexible and interdisciplinary space at Memorial University.