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Post Doctoral Fellowship in the complexities of Weight, Werklund School of Education and Faculty of Nursing

Job ID: 17242

Updated: January 8, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Area : Understanding the Social Complexities of Weight: Living in and with our Bodies
Duration: 2 years
Start date : ~May 2019
Annual Stipend : $55 000/year plus extended health care benefits and $10 000 research support

The University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in THE COMPLEXITIES OF WEIGHT.

Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew, Werklund School of Education, Counselling Psychology ( ) will be the primary supervisor with Dr. Anusha Kassan, Werklund School of Education, Counselling Psychology, and Dr. Nancy Moules, Faculty of Nursing as co-supervisors.

Job Description

A full-time Postdoctoral Scholar (PDS) opportunity is available at the University of Calgary, Canada, to begin on or about May 1, 2019. This PDS will design and implement research that addresses the social complexities that have been linked with unhealthy weight-related attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes. Calls to action to address the “obesity epidemic” must also address ways to break down prevention silos so that health promoters, educators, and primary health care practitioners are positioned to respond within their own agencies, schools, or institutions without triggering competing health issues like eating disorders. Interdisciplinary partnerships between the obesity and eating disorder fields, between health and education, and across the continuum of care will be essential to developing research with innovative impact and transformative potential.

Specifically, the PDS will build a program of research with: 1) coordination and graduate supervision of projects about the social complexities of weight; 2) contribution and collaboration on three funded projects related to weight in schools; 3) developing and leading integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to weight as a social justice issue through an intersectionality lens. In addition to contributing to these existing research projects, the PDS will expand research in these areas of focus through the development of complementary research proposals and projects.


Requirements include:

  • a recent PhD in a relevant social science discipline (e.g., counselling, clinical, or health psychology; nursing) or professional health degree (e.g., MD, DDS)
  • outstanding academic record and scientific productivity; and excellent written, analytical, and oral communication skills.

Please note: Applicants must have completed (or be within six months of completing) their degree. Applicants who hold a degree must have completed their doctoral degree within the past five years in social science disciplines or within the past ten years in professional health disciplines, or have been actively working in a related field.

Application details

Applications are welcomed from Canadian and international candidates.

Preliminary inquiries by e-mail are welcome. To apply, individuals should submit:

  • CV
  • letter of interest describing how your research experience, qualifications, research interests and career goals fit with this position
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Sample of up to three related peer-reviewed publications

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF by February 19, 2019 to Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are thanked in advance for their interest, however, only those candidates 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. For more information about the Werklund School of Education visit Careers in the Werklund School of Education.

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