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Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships

Future imaginaries of abundant intelligences

Reference number: 9010
Supervisor: Jason Edward Lewis

Program description

The goal of the Abundant Intelligences research program is to develop novel approaches to creating intelligent machine systems that can support Indigenous flourishing. This includes research on how such systems can be conceptualized, designed, implemented and deployed to serve Indigenous communities in particular and, more generally, support alternative epistemological foundations for them. The program builds on preliminary research conducted by the Indigenous Protocol and AI Workshops, in particular the Position Paper published in summer 2020. The Fellow will be part of several vibrant and innovative Concordia-based research communities, including the Initiative for Indigenous Futures Partnership, the Indigenous Futures Research Centre, and the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology.

This is an interdisciplinary research program. As such we are interested in candidates from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences, engineering, and sciences. The research will include one or more of the following:

  1. Collaborate with Indigenous communities to imagine A.I. systems designed from Indigenous epistemologies and with Indigenous protocols;
  2. Partner with existing creators of intelligent machine systems to devise new approaches to implementing and deploying them;
  3. Work on programs to increase engineering and design capacity within Indigenous communities such that Indigenous people can begin to build such systems themselves; and
  4. Map out a robust and adequately financed development path from research to deployment to make it possibly for Indigenous communities to specify, develop, and use such systems.

Academic qualifications required

PhD in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Science and Technology Studies, History of Science, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Critical Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies/Politics/Governance, Indigenous arts and design, or any other domain that engages critically with research, development and/or deployment of digital technologies.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
  • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
  • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy


Horizon position must start their appointment by August 31, 2022.

Submission process

  • All documents must be submitted to Niyusha Samadi
  • Please include the reference number with your application

Application checklist

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above.
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages).
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to Niyusha Samadi.


The prestigious two-year Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $50,000 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.

Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment, with state-of-the-art research facilities and many research centers. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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