Position Description: Post-doctoral Fellow – Economics – Investment and Energy Policies

The China Institute of the University of Alberta is seeking a post-doctoral fellow for a one year term with the possibility of extension. Shorter terms may also be considered. 


The ideal candidate would have a PhD in economics, business, policy studies, political science or other relevant fields with established research interests in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Energy economics, Investment and trade policies. Knowledge of inward and outward investment policies of China would be desirable, but not essential.

The successful candidate would be expected to work with Professor Gordon Houlden, Director of the China Institute and other researchers in conducting research of the Chinese energy sector, Chinese FDI into Canada and economic relations between Canada and China. This will include Canadian investment policies involving Chinese investment flows into Canada and the Canadian energy sector in particular with regard to potential and actual Chinese investment. Additional research topics may include Chinese outbound investment flows into other regions, and infrastructure investments in Canada to build export and import capacity between Canada and Asia, as well as Chinese energy relationships with China’s other energy partners.

The post-doctoral fellow would also be welcome to conduct research on related topics of his/her own interest, and would be encouraged to publish while at the China Institute. Fluency in English is required and strong writing and analytical skills are essential. 

The post-doctoral position will be accorded salary and benefits in accordance with policies for post-doctoral fellows at the University of Alberta. The China Institute would provide opportunities and financial support for the fellow to travel to conferences related to his/her field of research on behalf of the China Institute.

Candidates should submit their Cover Letter, C.V. with references and two relevant Writing Samples (25 pages or less each) to Ms. Jia Wang, Associate Director, China Institute at jia.wang@ualberta.ca.