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Vacancy: Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Guelph

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Family-based health research has largely failed to use critical understandings of gender in developing or evaluating interventions. As a result, reciprocal interrelationships between family-based health interventions and gendered identities and division of labour within families are unknown. Existing family-based health research has also failed to examine response to recruitment, intervention engagement, and outcomes in non-heteronormative families. Our research aims to address these gaps by using qualitative methods to examine: (i) How participation in an existing family-based health intervention influences and is influenced by gender relations and division of labour in heteronormative families; (ii) How parents in non-heteronormative families organise their roles, responsibilities and actions regarding their own and their children’s health (iii) What approaches to family-based health intervention would encourage parents in non-heteronormative families to participate?

Job summary 

Primary responsibility will be conducting and analysing qualitative interviews with heteronormative and non-heteronormative families using an intersectional approach to consider how gender and sex interact and overlap with other axes of power and difference. The Fellow will work closely with the Primary Investigators, (Gwen Chapman, Jess Haines, and Carla Rice) but will be expected to make intellectual contributions to the analysis towards co-authorship of manuscripts. Other responsibilities include supervision of graduate and undergraduate students working on the research; collaboration with community partners to recruit families; and leading various knowledge mobilisation activities as determined in collaboration with the research team.


PhD in Sociology, Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Anthropology, Women’s Studies, Educational Studies, Community Health, Health Studies, Health Promotion, Family Studies, or related field. Demonstrated experience in qualitative research, including collecting, coding, analysing, interpreting, and reporting qualitative data. Commitment to critical analysis of gender, social class, sexuality, race/ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, and body size. Strong written and oral communication skills. Track record of publication in academic journals and demonstrated ability to collaborate in research teams would be assets. Ability to work independently and within a team environment.

The full-time position is for two years, starting on 01 February 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. The annual stipend is $55,000. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter outlining their research interests and accomplishment, a writing sample (peer-reviewed preferred), and contact information for three references by 15 December December 2017 to:

Gwen Chapman
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

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