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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Human-Animal Studies and Urban Studies, Department of Community Health Sciences

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Job ID: 12001

Updated: April 3, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area:   Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human-Animal Studies and Urban Studies
Duration:  2 years
Start date:  2017
Annual Stipend:  $50,000    

The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for the following Postdoctoral Fellow position. Preference will be given to candidates who are social scientists specializing in qualitative methodologies, or who demonstrate aptitude in applying social theory to veterinary medicine or public health.

Position Description:

The successful applicant will join an intensive program of research, training and knowledge mobilization in One Health promotion (see: See: Anthrozoology and Health Promotion Team; and Pets in the city: Living with animals in crowded urban centres). The learning environment is enriched by interdisciplinary collaborations and by funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, Veterinarians without Borders, and the University of Calgary.

The successful applicant will contribute to designing and conducting participatory research, and to academic writing (grants as well as manuscripts). This position will involve both independent work and collaboration with colleagues in a range of organizations, including academic institutions, public health, health services, municipal governments, community services and animal welfare organizations. Whereas considerable latitude exists to tailor projects to the successful applicant’s strengths and interests, due to funding requirements, the successful applicant’s research must align to grants on urban governance and social justice vis--vis companion animals. Fieldwork will take place mainly in Calgary, which has an international reputation for leadership in policies on pets, partnerships and public participation. Assets for a competitive application would include familiarity with a wide range of literature, including: ethnography, health studies, human-animal studies, communication studies, participatory action research, policy studies, qualitative methodologies, science and technology studies (STS), and urban studies.

Details of the position:

  • This 2-year position will begin in 2017.
  • The remuneration is a stipend of $50,000/year, plus an extended health benefit plan. Limited funds towards other expenses may be negotiated, and the successful applicant will receive support in applying for additional awards.
  • As a full-time position for research training, the successful applicant will devote no more than 200 hours per year on activities other than research and knowledge exchange.
  • The scholar will become part of an active postdoctoral community at the University of Calgary.
  • Postdoctoral scholars have access to services of the Staff Wellness Centre and the Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) offered through the University of Calgary.

This opportunity is contingent on final approval of the successful applicant within the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and the Cumming School of Medicine. As a condition of funding from internal sources, the postdoctoral scholar must apply for competitive awards from provincial, national, and international funders, notably CIHR. Citizens of countries other than Canada are eligible to apply for CIHR Fellowships.


  • Applicants must possess a PhD or equivalent;
  • Applicants must bring an excellent academic record (e.g., awards, publications) and strong writing skills;
  • Applicants must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within the five years immediately preceding the appointment. The date of degree completion is considered to be the date on which all requirements for the degree have been met, including successful defense and submission of the final corrected thesis. It is not the conferred or convocation date. 

Application details: 

For more information, please contact:

Dr Melanie Rock,
Department of Community Health Sciences,
University of Calgary,
3280 Hospital Dr. NW,
Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
T2N 4Z6,
Phone: 403-210-8585

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter outlining training, research expertise, and research interests as they pertain to this advertisement
  • 2 samples of academic writing, preferably peer-reviewed publications
  • Contact information for three references, at least one of whom must be a researcher.
  • Curriculum vitae

Please, submit your complete application as a single .pdf file via email. Also, please copy Dr Rock’s administrative assistant, Ms Lydia Vaz ( when submitting an application. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only complete applications will be considered and only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website.

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