Postdoc opportunity: University of British Columbia

Postdoctoral Fellow
Food, Nutrition and Health Program, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
University of British Columbia

*What Shapes Food Practices on School Days?
Examining the Connections between the School Food Environment and Students’ Dietary Practices.
BACKGROUND: Improving the eating habits and nutritional health of children and adolescents is a priority area for health promotion.  Critical gaps remain in our understanding of how dietary choices and health behaviours are embedded in social contexts and shaped by the food environment, particularly at school where youth spend much of their time.  The Food Practices on School Days study is currently underway in Vancouver, and is collecting novel survey data from students in grades 7 and 8 that will be combined with school-level measures, resulting in a unique multilevel dataset to explore the associations between school-level characteristics (i.e., school policies, eating environments and vending options) with student-level outcomes.

JOB SUMMARY: Primary responsibility (~75%) will be analysis and interpretation of quantitative data and writing for publication. The Fellow will work closely with the Primary Investigators and other team members, but will also be expected to make intellectual contributions to data analysis and towards co-authorship of scholarly papers. Other responsibilities will involve coordinating the work of research assistants; facilitating communication among research team members; ensuring maintenance of project database(s) and website; monitoring quality of coding and data analysis through interaction with research assistants; and disseminating key findings to schools and community partners.

Additional opportunities could be available to collaborate with interdisciplinary colleagues in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC involved in the Think&EatGreen@School Project (

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in nutrition, public health, youth health or related field within past 3 years desired. Demonstrated experience in quantitative research, especially analyzing, interpreting and reporting quantitative data.  Strong written and oral communication skills and ability to work independently and within a team environment required. A track record of publication in academic health or social science journals and computer skills including proficiency using statistical packages (e.g. Stata, SAS, R) will be expected. Experience with multilevel statistical modelling and/or GIS would be an asset.

This full-time position is for one year (and potentially renewable for an additional one to two years), starting in the summer of 2012, with an annual stipend of $55,000.

Applicants should submit: 1) a current curriculum vitae; 2) a letter outlining their research interests and accomplishments; and 3) contact information for three referees no later than May 15, 2012 to:

Jennifer Black, PhD RD
Food, Nutrition and Health
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


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