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Postdoctoral Scholar, Economics Applied to Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Simpson Centre for Food and Agricultural Policy

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Job ID: 25021

Updated: March 3, 2022

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Area:     Animal Health Economics    
Duration:     one year, renewable 
Start date:     March 1st. 2022
Salary:     CAD$ 60,000 + benefits

The Department of Production Animal Health in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary and the Simpson Centre for Food and Agricultural policy is accepting applications for a 
Postdoctoral Scholar in Economics applied to animal health

Job Description:
The Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) program moves animal health decision making away from a partial assessment basis to an evidence-based process. . The work will provide a local case study that is conducted using a framework that is being applied globally. The project will provide a basis for future work to understand resource allocation for animal health and welfare in the Canadian livestock sector. It will provide opportunities for decision makers to critically assess the balance of net production losses and expenditure on critical health issues that are limiting animal productivity, welfare, compromising human health (i.e. zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance) and contributing to inefficient use of land and water resources
The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing, reporting, planning, and executing the development of the fours specific objectives

  1. Provide a detailed data map of routinely collected cattle health data in Western Canada, from private and public sources. 
  2. Characterise metrics of biomass and economic investment within the cattle sector over time, by province, and between types of enterprise.
  3. Estimate the animal health loss envelope (gap in productivity) distribution in beef and dairy cattle operations.
  4. Attributing the animal health loss envelope in the cattle sector to major endemic and emerging diseases.

The position is also responsible for the supervision and mentoring of a Research Assistant hired for the project, and to participate in laboratory experiments and data analysis. In addition, the postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for reporting progress updates.
The successful candidate will be working closely with the Informatics Theme (led by Deborah Stacey and Theresa Bernardo, University of Guelph), the Population and Production Systems (Mario Herrero and Dianne Mayberry, CSIRO), and some executive committee members.

The initial appointment is for one year and may be renewable for a second year contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. 

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Economics, Data science or Epidemiology, and will have demonstrated working knowledge in animal science. Clear interest in innovation and interdisciplinary work should be expressed in the cover letter in relation to the proposed work. 
Excellent data management skills are essential, as well as the ability to work autonomously, in addition to:

  • demonstrated experience and technical background in economics applied to environment or health question.
  • demonstrated experience and technical background in veterinary medicine or animal science is an asset.
  • excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite applications and other programs including R, Python, Julia.
  • continuous learning and development, and willingness to accept new challenges and assignments;
  • time management skills to effectively manage own time with a strong ability to prioritize to meet deadlines and multiple commitments.
  • Ability to program is an asset.

Application details:  
Please email your application as a single .pdf document on or before February 15th, 2022 at 11:59 PM MDT via email to [email protected] 

All applications must include:

  • a cover letter including date of availability, suitability and motivation for the role, including a brief summary of past, current and future research interests and accomplishments
  • a current curriculum vitae (CV);
  • official or unofficial copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s);
  • a copy of two recent, peer-reviewed journal/chapter publications or conference presentations, and;
  • the name and contact information including email addresses for at least two (2) referees who have knowledge of your research and academic experience.* 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Additional Information

The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary visit our Postdocs website.  

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