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We currently have the following positions avaiable. Please do not contact the LSRC directly about these positions; application instructions are provided in the position descriptions.

Post-doctoral positions

There are no positions available at this time.

Masters and PhD positions

There are no positions available at this time.

Research assistantships

Supporting the possibilities of urban commoning in Montreal’s Champ des Possibles


The RA will provide support for a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant project involving Concordia and McGill Universities and Les Amis de Champ des Possibles. The Champ des Possibles is an abandoned railyard that has become an urban prairie and informal park in Mile End, now owned by the Ville de Montréal. The project examines who uses the site, when, how, and why; what people like and dislike about the site, as well as what they hope for and wish to avoid in its future; and factors that influence the process of “commoning,” the process of creating and recreating a shared space. More information about the project is available here.

As a member of the research team, the RA will participate in and provide support for a variety of research activities, ranging from background research, direct observations, in-person research activities (e.g., focus groups, walking and mapping exercises – pending authorization), data management, and analysis. The RA must be available to participate in planning and coordination meetings conducted by Zoom, as well as research activities conducted at the research site. All in-person research activities will take place outdoors for the foreseeable future.

Research activities may be scheduled as early as 8 AM or as late as 9 PM, on weekdays but also on weekends. The schedule of activities changes from week to week. The types of research activities will change as the project progresses, with outdoor activities and events contingent on weather conditions and in-person research contingent on public health measures associated with the pandemic.


  • Graduate student in Architecture, Geography, Political Science, Urbanisme/Urban Planning, or other related discipline
  • Minimum GPA: 3.5
  • Fluent in French and English.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Flexible schedule, including availability during evenings and weekends
  • Advantageous:
    • Coursework or past research experience related to urban public space
    • Experience with event organization, managerial responsibilities, and/or facilitation of activities or discussions
    • Interest in post-industrial urban commons, including potential use of the research for a thesis/student project.
    • Interest in working on the project (which runs through November 2021) beyond the initial contract.


Hourly wage (which includes 4% vacation pay and 3.6% pay in lieu of holidays) as mandated by TRAC:

·         If MA:       $21.06

·         If Ph.D.:    $28.37


Average of 10 hours per week from date of hire through 18 December.

There will be an initial “probationary” contract of three weeks (30 hours) and a possibility for additional contracts beyond December. (The project runs through November 2021).


A complete application consists of the following materials:

  • Letter/statement of interest
  • Transcript (unofficial version is acceptable)
  • CV
  • Names and contact information for three (3) references, at least two (2) of whom must be professors

Send all application materials to Amy Poteete at

Applications will be accepted through NOON on Tuesday, 18 August 2020.

Applicants who make the first cut will be contacted for an interview and an assessment of language skills.

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