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Postdoctoral scholar position in Weight Bias, University of Calgary

Postdoctoral Scholar Position

Area:                     Psychosocial Aspects of Body Weight: Weight Bias
Duration:               2 years
Start date:           ~January 2016
Annual Stipend:    $50 000

The University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in weight bias.  Supervisors are: Dr. Shelly Russell-­‐Mayhew, Werklund School of Education, Counselling Psychology (mkrussel@ucalgary.ca); Dr. Kristin von Ranson, Clinical Psychology (kvonrans@ucalgary.ca); and Dr. Lindsay McLaren,Community Health Sciences (lmclaren@ucalgary.ca).

Job Description:
A full-­time Postdoctoral Scholar opportunity in weight bias, which is defined as negative attitudes, beliefs, assumptions and judgments toward individuals based on their body weight, is available at the University of Calgary, Canada, to begin on or about January 1, 2016. This PDS will participate in the development of six research areas that emerged from the March 2015 CIHR-­‐funded Weight Bias Summit (which we hosted as a team) into provincial and national research teams that can design research with potential to reduce weight bias in health and education sectors. We have stakeholders across Canada anticipating research leadership from the U of C in six identified dimensions of weight bias, namely: 1) causes, 2) economic impact, 3) patient lived experiences, and 4) improved measurement, as well as 5) championing change (interventions), and 6) learning from other forms of discrimination. We have specific direction from and consensus of the leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers in the field in Canada and are primed to move forward with these six emerging interdisciplinary research teams. Our proposed PDS will coordinate, lead or co-­‐lead, and expand on these areas of investigation in weight bias nationally by growing interdisciplinary teams and co-­‐designing research with transformative potential across Canada.

Requirements include: a recent PhD (no more than 5 years from degree completion) in a relevant social science discipline (e.g., psychology; population/public health; economics); or professional health degree (e.g., MD – no more than 10 years from degree completion); outstanding academic record and evidence of research productivity; and excellent written, analytical, and oral communication skills. The candidate will receive an annual stipend of $50,000 plus an extended health benefits plan. Limited reimbursement for relocation expenses may be available.

Application details:
Preliminary inquiries by e-­‐mail are welcome. To apply, individuals should submit a CV, letter of interest
addressing goodness of fit, and 2 letters of recommendation by October 16, 2015 to Dr. Shelly Russell-­‐Mayhew
@  mkrussel@ucalgary.ca. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We will accept queries after the deadline about the statusof the position. Applicants are thanked in advance for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Further information about the postdoctoral recruitment at the University of Calgary is available at http://ucalgary.ca/research/postdoc/future-­‐postdocs.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation’s most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, where innovative teaching and groundbreaking research go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. The strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by our Gaelic motto, which translates to ‘I will lift up my eyes.’

To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-­‐ class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re  increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.

About Calgary
Named a cultural capital of Canada and one of the best places to live in the world, Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given
priority. The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.