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FYI. Postdoc position at University of Calgary


Postdoctoral scholar position available at the University of Calgary, Canada

Area: Psychosocial aspects of body weight: weight bias

Duration: 2 years

Start date: ~ October 2016

Annual stipend: CAD 50,000

Application deadline: 1st June 2016

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 before October 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 June 1, 2016 to Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew at 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 status of 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.