Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity: Psychosocial Aspects of Body Weight


A full-time Postdoctoral Scholar opportunity in Psychosocial Aspects of Body Weight is available at the University of Calgary, Canada, to begin on or about September 1, 2013. Based on the influence of social and physical contexts on health and development, and to address the complexity of sociocultural influences linked with unhealthy weights, this unique 2-year position will provide specialized training in weight-related research (e.g., obesity, eating disorders and related issues) across frameworks (prevention [including program and policy], treatment, and aetiology) in a rich interdisciplinary training environment.  Training will include research design, implementation, and dissemination. The Scholar will have flexibility in designing research protocols and professional training opportunities that best fit their interests, developmental needs, and career goals. Projects may cut across life stage (pre-school, children, adolescents, and adults), discipline (psychology, counselling, population/public health) and methods (quantitative and qualitative).  Supervisors are: Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew, Educational Studies in Psychology (<>); Dr. Kristin von Ranson, Clinical Psychology (<>); and Dr. Lindsay McLaren, Community Health Sciences (<>).

Requirements include: a recent PhD in a relevant social science discipline (e.g., counselling, clinical, or health psychology; population/public health; social epidemiology); outstanding academic record and scientific productivity; and excellent written, analytical, and oral communication skills. Applications are welcomed from Canadian and international candidates. The candidate will receive an annual salary of $50,000. Limited reimbursement for relocation expenses may be available.

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 February 15, 2013 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.

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