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Job# 6825 - Postdoctoral position in Nutritional Epidemiology (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Full Time
Posted: July 12, 2013
Closes: August 31, 2013


Professor Sangita Sharma's Aboriginal and Global Health Research Group (AGHRG), in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta, is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral position. The postdoctoral fellow will join Dr. Sharma's research team in conducting research combining nutritional epidemiology, health promotion, community-based interventions and dietary assessment methodologies for multi-ethnic populations nationally and internationally. Current research projects involve evaluation of diet-chronic disease association and implementation and evaluation of dietary and lifestyle interventions among populations undergoing nutrition transition such as Aboriginal populations in the Canadian Arctic and Alaska, First Nations, Apaches, Navajo, Africa, Brazil, and Hawaii. Successful candidates will function as a junior investigator, participating fully in research and related scholarly activities and will be encouraged and receive guidance to apply for independent salary and research funding.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Interpret and re-write technical information regarding research techniques and outcomes to make them easier to understand to relevant stakeholders (community, government, funders, etc).
  • Ensure that deliverables for each research project are identified, and the timeline is adhered to accordingly • Seek and identify relevant research opportunities and funding sources.
  • Work closely and cooperatively with project staff.
  • Execute research activities including the design and implementation of projects.
  • Develop research methods and objectives and conducting activities related to community-based participatory research projects.
  • Contribute to writing peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts.
  • Maintain, develop and supervise funded research programs.
  • Consult with principal investigators, co-principal investigators, project partners and staff.
  • Travel, when necessary, for community and academic events Preferred qualifications include.
  • Ph.D in Epidemiology, Nutritional Sciences, or related Public Health science.
  • Ph.D completed within 0-5 years.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Strong data management skills for the preparation of research papers and grant proposals.
  • Excellent networking skills and sensitivity, in order to liaise with community partners, co-principal investigators and internal and external team members.
  • Experience working with Aboriginal, ethnic, and/or vulnerable populations and knowledge of cultural protocol is an asset.
  • A beginning record of publications (3 publications in preparation or submitted).
  • A research proposal development plan for provincial and national funding competitions for postdoctoral awards.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, organization, and leadership skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of dietary analysis software packages, specifically NutriBase.
  • Experience in community-based participatory and intervention research.

Completed applications must include the following:

  • A one page cover letter.
  • The candidate's Curriculum Vitae.
  • Contact details for three professional referees.

To apply:

Please email complete applications to: Kelly Fowler, Research Administrator kelly.fowler@ualberta.ca

Read more about the Aboriginal & Global Health Research Group here: www.aghrg.com

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