Thursday, October 1, 2009

Post-doc position - institutional response to food related risks in Canada


Job Description: We are seeking a full-time, post-doctoral Research Associate to join a research team conducting an analysis of institutional responses to food-related risks in Canada, using recent outbreaks of bovine spongiform encephalopathy as a case study. The Research Associate will coordinate research activities and assist in the mentorship of graduate students. The Research Associate will be engaged with a research team consisting of three faculty members and three graduate students, and will participate in the development of a research framework, data collection including interviews and archival research, data analysis, and coordination of a stakeholder workshop. The successful candidate will have experience in both quantitative and qualitative data gathering and analysis. Candidates with familiarity of Canadian agricultural systems are preferred. Some travel between the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Ontario will be required.

Term: Full-time Equivalent 12-month renewable appointment, with funding secured for two years. Renewal at the discretion of the Principle Investigators. Appointment begins January 1, 2010
Salary: $37,000-$42,000 per annum plus benefits.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant social science field, such as Sociology, Human Geography, Political Science, Anthropology, or Environmental Studies.

Location: The Research Associate will hold an office in the Department of Rural Economy, on the University of Alberta North campus, located in the heart of the City of Edmonton, capital of the Province of Alberta. The Department of Rural Economy is an interdisciplinary social science department housed in the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences. (See department web site.

To Apply: Application packages should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and one letter of recommendation, and must be received by November 30, 2009. Inquiries and applications should be directed in hard copy or email to:

Dr. Debra J. Davidson
Department of Rural Economy
Room 515 General Services Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G2H1
(780) 492-4598

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