Postdoctoral Scholar, Health & Wellness Lab, Faculty of Kinesiology

University of Calgary

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Position Description

Area: Health and Wellness Lab – Exercise Oncology

Duration: 1-2 years

Start Date:  March 2024

Salary:  $50,000 – $65,000 CAD, commensurate with qualifications

The Health and Wellness Lab in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar. 

Job Description: 

The Health and Wellness Lab, led by Dr. Culos-Reed, conducts exercise oncology research, designed to enhance the quality of life of individuals living with and beyond cancer. Numerous initiatives, from pilot studies to implementation trials, are ongoing in the lab. The post-doctoral scholar research will focus on leading components of our Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Canadian Cancer Society, and Alberta Cancer Foundation-supported Project EXCEL: Exercise for Cancer to Enhance Living Well. This will include leading data set management and analyses (REDCap), working on sustainable program implementation challenges (RE-AIM framework), and leading publications and the development of policy briefs. The post-doctoral scholar will mentor junior graduate student (MSc and PhD) and undergraduate students, and will take on a lead supervisory role within the research project.The post-doctoral scholar will be supervised by Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed. The postdoctoral scholar duties will include management of EXCEL database analyses, development of policy briefs, and advocacy work to build exercise into standard cancer care. Within this role, the post-doctoral scholar will be encouraged and supported to build their independent research program across exercise oncology, and will be supported to apply for external awards locally and nationally. The Faculty of Kinesiology is the number one Sports Sciences Institute in North America, with access to leading researchers across disciplines, and with leading reesarch in women’s health issues, injury prevention, exercise physiology, motor control and learning, biomechanics, and in psychosocial determinants and outcomes from sport and exercise participation. The University of Calgary will provide the successful candidate with a stimulating and conducive environment to collaborate with local and international scientists and clinicians and provide opportunities to learn from a large network of talented professionals. You can see more about the Faculty of Kinesiology and the University of Calgary at .


  • PhD in kinesiology, public policy, community health sciences/public health, epidemiology, or closely related discipline is required (completed within the last 2 years)
  • Strong track record of scholarly achievements for stage of development, and advanced expertise in quantitative data analysis and interpretation
  • Must have demonstrated success in academic knowledge translation, and experience with advocacy and policy work such as publications and presentations
  • Experience with the delivery of behaviour change trials
  • Methodological skill sets:
    • Knowledge of and experience with a variety of implementation research methods
    • Experience in database management
    • Strong background in research design, methodology (clinical and health implementation research, qualitative research), biostatistics and knowledge translation including preparation of manuscripts and policy briefs
    • Knowledge of secondary data sources for research such as electronic medical records and administrative data an asset
    • Advanced skills in statistical software (SPSS, Stata, SAS, or R)
  • Excellent organization skills, including the ability to work independently and to multitask
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, leadership, and organizational skills
  • Excellent attention to details is critical
  • High level of effective time management, personal initiative, and teamwork
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills is essential
  • Strong team skills as this position will have a high degree of interaction/contact with researchers, students, and other stakeholders (clinicians, patients, administrators)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team
  • Experience working with clinical populations is preferred
  • Experience providing mentorship to graduate and undergraduate students
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional demeanor
  • Ability to thrive and deliver results in a fast-paced team environment
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), advanced internet skills

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Application Details:

Candidates must submit the completed application package as a single PDF file with the subject line: Health and Wellness Lab Postdoctoral Application. All applications must include:

  • a brief cover letter including date of availability, suitability, and motivation for the role, including your interest in this project, qualifications or related experience, general research/goals statement
  • detailed curriculum vitae (CV), including reprints of 1-2 relevant publications
  • official or unofficial copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s)
  • contact information including email addresses for three (3) references to support the application

Application should be submitted to Julianna Dreger, Research Coordinator for EXCEL at [email protected]

Closing date: Review of applications will begin January 2024, until the position is filled.

Expected start date: March 1, 2024 or negotiable

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website . For more information visit Careers in the Faculty of Kinesiology

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups . Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit .

To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone. For more information visit .

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected] ) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected] ).

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