Division of Preventive Medicine

Competition No.  -    A100642430
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is a part of the Housing for Health (H4H) project led by Dr. Karen Lee. This multi-sectoral project aims to improve the built environment of two new pilot housing developments and the surrounding neighborhoods in Edmonton and Whitecourt, Alberta, to better support active living, healthy eating and social connections for aging populations. The initiative is anticipated to benefit approximately 4,000 people living in and around the housing developments including affordable housing residents living next to the Edmonton development, and other populations in Alberta through information dissemination and community engagement activities.

We are looking for a Post-Doctoral Fellow (PDF) to undertake several built environment assessments for the project including neighbourhood built environment audits, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) assessments, and internal and external building audits. In addition, the PDF will be responsible for creating geographic variables using Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and accelerometer data using software such as ArcGIS and HABITUS. Tasks will include but are not limited to: research design, data collection, data analysis, and data dissemination via conference presentations, reports, and peer-reviewed publications.

Other responsibilities include: coordination with other project staff and PDFs, communication with project coinvestigators, assisting in the supervision of graduate students, preparing ethics applications and reports, and grant writing as needed.

The PDF will be required to have completed their PhD within the last 5-years. They should specialize in architecture, urban planning, public health, or a related-field, and have experience doing built environment assessments using observational audits and GIS methods. Experience working with GPS and accelerometer data, and knowledge and/or experience in the public health field are considered assets.

The PDF should have strong written and verbal communication skills and should enjoy working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

The PDF’s primary appointment will be at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB; however the PDF is anticipated to travel to Alberta cities outside of Edmonton to undertake data collection and meetings as needed.

The PDF’s salary is $50,000/year plus benefits. We have funding to support one full-time PDF annually, potentially renewable for up to 4 years, depending on funding and performance.

The PDF is expected to apply for major funding opportunities they are eligible for (e.g., CIHR, Alberta Innovates).

To Apply:

Forward your cover letter, CV, a relevant manuscript you have written as lead author, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Dr. Karen Lee, MD, MHSc

Director,Housing for Health,

Division of Preventive Medicine Department of Medicine,

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Hayford Avedzi, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow,

Housing for Health, Division of Preventive Medicine Department of Medicine,

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry 

How to Apply


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.