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Post Doctoral Fellowship in Geospatial Analysis of Human Radon Gas Exposure in Relation to Environmental Design Metrics

Job ID: 16947

Updated: November 22, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Area: Faculty of Environmental Design and Cumming School of Medicine (joint project)
Duration: This position is initially for two years, with the possibility of renewal pending successful funding applications.
Start date: Early 2019
Salary: $55 000 per year plus benefits

The Faculty of Environmental Design and Cumming School of Medicine (joint project) at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Geospatial Analysis of Human Radon Gas Exposure in Relation to Environmental Design Metrics.

Job Description:

Our goal is to understand the geospatially distinct environmental design contributors of radiation exposure from radon gas as a source of lung cancer, and develop solutions to protect the population. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in North America and is overwhelmingly caused by chronic inhalation of tobacco smoke and/or radioactive radon gas. Radon is the primary cause of lung cancer in never smokers, encompassing 10,000-40,000 Canadians per decade. Canada contains many radon-generating regions, and Canadians have constructed population centres across all of them, although this does not mean that all buildings contain high radon. Indeed, there are three factors needed to incur hazardous radon exposure: (i) a geologic source and pathway (upwards) for radon, (ii) environmental design metrics that actively draw up and concentrate radon and (iii) human behaviour that prolongs exposure or increases radon concentrations. The postdoctoral scholar will aim to identify modifiable behaviours and environmental design practices influencing chronic radon exposure in our changing world and define engineering and community intervention solutions applicable within the Canadian context to eliminate radon as a source of cancer in the future. The mentorship team encompasses leading expertise in radon and cancer biology (Goodarzi) merged with architecture and environmental design (Taron).

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be a scholar with a PhD (within 3 years of completing PhD; ABD will be considered) in geography, architecture, urban studies, public heath, energy efficiency or a related field, who will maintain a high degree of research productivity and extend existing capacities of the growing Evict Radon research confederation of scholars. They will demonstrate a high degree of self-direction and creativity, and will ideally be familiar with the Canadian funding landscape. This position is initially for two years, with the possibility of renewal pending successful funding applications.

Application details:

To apply, Please send your CV, a cover letter outlining broad research interests and contributions, and a one-page research proposal pertaining to the themes above, to A.Goodarzi@ucalgary.ca and jmtaron@ucalgary.ca by end of December 31, 2018 . Successful short-listed applicants will be required to provide letters of reference and may be invited for an in-person or video-conference interview.

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.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

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, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. 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 Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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