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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Determinants of Health, University of British Columbia, Department of Sociology

The University of British Columbia, Department of Sociology invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Social Determinants of Health, effective on or before July 1, 2008.

UBC, a world leader in health research and arguably the birthplace of the population health movement, has strong programs in health sociology,  epidemiology, health promotion, health services and policy research, health psychology and health economics. The Department of Sociology has created a specialty in the Social Determinants of Health field, with a special focus on applying theoretically sophisticated and methodologically diverse approaches to researching and understanding health inequalities.

The initial appointment is for one year, potentially renewable for an additional year or two, with a salary of $55,000 per year.

A Ph.D. and evidence of research experience in the social determinants of health field are required. Applicants should normally be within three years of being awarded the Ph.D. at the time of taking up the position.

The successful candidate will be expected to further develop her/his own research agenda while also collaborating with faculty members in the Department who conduct health determinants research. Opportunities for interaction and collaboration with interdisciplinary health researchers  in the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Human Early Learning Partnership, Institute of Health Promotion Research and Department of Psychology are also possible. Funding for this award comes from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.  The successful candidate may contribute to teaching in the Department, if so interested, in one of the following areas: social determinants of health, social statistics or research methods.

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Inquiries and applications, including three letters of reference (sent under separate cover), curriculum vitae, a sample of written work, a short statement describing fit with the Department, and a summary of current and future research interests should be sent to

Dr. Neil Guppy
Head, Department of Sociology, The University of British Columbia
6303 N.W. Marine Drive
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1

Submissions received by February 29, 2008, will be given priority, although the position will remain open until filled.