Professor of social sciences specializing in social challenges in housing

Urbanisation Culture Société Reseach Centre

Job posting no AP 20-03

Open to internal and external candidates | Tenure-track position

Position posting end by April 10, 2020

Context and summary

INRS is seeking to fill a new position for a professor of social sciences specializing in housing, a topic that falls under the Urban and Regional Dynamics scientific research area covered by the Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre. The successful candidate will join the multidisciplinary research program at INRS’s
Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre in Montréal.

INRS has a set of measures in place to ensure equality of employment access and employment equity. The Institute invites women, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, Indigenous people, and people with disabilities to apply and encourages candidates to identify themselves as such in their applications so that the selection committees can take this into account. INRS also asks its selection committees to take into account career interruptions and any special circumstances that may have adversely affected applicants’ record of research achievements. This will allow the selection committees to more accurately assess applicants’ productivity. Applicants are invited to specify any such interruptions or special circumstances in their cover letter. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Main duties

To develop, within the framework of the centre’s multidisciplinary programs, innovative research activities relating to societal challenges in housing, particularly regarding one or more of the following:

  • Human settlements, lifestyles, and cohabitation
  • Socioeconomic diversity in human habitats (development of mixed residential areas)
  • The financialization and commodification of the housing sector
  • Gentrification
  • Community housing projects (social and affordable housing)
  • Residential inequality and precarity
  • Securing research funding through external grants from public and private organizations or in collaboration with partners from all walks of life
  • Participating in training activities, particularly those that are part of the centre’s graduate programs, and in the supervision of students, postdoctoral fellows, and research staff
  • Contributing to INRS’s national and international influence

Requirements and skill sets

• Doctorate in social sciences in a field or discipline such as urban studies, sociology, geography, urban planning, or political science
• Aptitude for empirical research (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed)
• Extensive knowledge of the various housing programs in existence in the province of Québec
• A record of scientific production that demonstrates initiative and originality of thought
• Ability to train and supervise graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research staff in the social
sciences, particularly in urban studies
• Aptitude for fundamental research, collaborative research, and knowledge mobilization, supported by a list of publications, particularly in peer-reviewed journals
• Ability to work as part of a team or national or international network, as well as within a multidisciplinary group and in partnership with representatives of different organizations
• Demonstrated capacity to get research funding
• Leadership qualities and experience leading a research team (a plus)
• Postdoctoral research experience (a plus)

Language of work

  • The working language is French. Fluency in English and a third language is considered an asset
  • Applicants who do not often communicate in French are strongly encouraged to apply. The necessary resources will be put at their disposal to help them learn French.
  • The necessary ressources will be put at their disposal to help them learn French.

Review process

According to the collective agreement in effect at INRS.


Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre
385 rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, Quebec H2X 1E3

How to apply

Interested applicants should send their application including a complete curriculum vitae, a copy of their three most significant publications, a three page summary of their research interests, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and the names and contact information of three referees, before April 10, 2020 indicating position number AP 20-03 by e-mail at or by mail to:

Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre
385 rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, Quebec H2X 1E3