Post Doctoral Fellowship, Human-Animal Studies and Urban Studies, Department of Community Health Sciences

University of Calgary


The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for the following Postdoctoral Fellow position. Preference will be given to candidates who are social scientists specializing in qualitative methodologies, or who demonstrate aptitude in applying social theory to veterinary medicine or public health.


Position Description:

The successful applicant will join an intensive program of research, training and knowledge mobilization in One Health promotion (see: See: Anthrozoology and Health Promotion Team; and Pets in the city: Living with animals in crowded urban centres). The learning environment is enriched by interdisciplinary collaborations and by funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, Veterinarians without Borders, and the University of Calgary.

The successful applicant will contribute to designing and conducting participatory research, and to academic writing (grants as well as manuscripts). This position will involve both independent work and collaboration with colleagues in a range of organizations, including academic institutions, public health, health services, municipal governments, community services and animal welfare organizations. Whereas considerable latitude exists to tailor projects to the successful applicant’s strengths and interests, due to funding requirements, the successful applicant’s research must align to grants on urban governance and social justice vis–vis companion animals. Fieldwork will take place mainly in Calgary, which has an international reputation for leadership in policies on pets, partnerships and public participation. Assets for a competitive application would include familiarity with a wide range of literature, including: ethnography, health studies, human-animal studies, communication studies, participatory action research, policy studies, qualitative methodologies, science and technology studies (STS), and urban studies.


Details of the position:

  • This 2-year position will begin in 2017.
  • The remuneration is a stipend of $50,000/year, plus an extended health benefit plan. Limited funds towards other expenses may be negotiated, and the successful applicant will receive support in applying for additional awards.
  • As a full-time position for research training, the successful applicant will devote no more than 200 hours per year on activities other than research and knowledge exchange.
  • The scholar will become part of an active postdoctoral community at the University of Calgary.
  • Postdoctoral scholars have access to services of the Staff Wellness Centre and the Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) offered through the University of Calgary.


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PhD Student & Lab Coordinator Positions in HAI

Purdue University
Competitive positions are available for highly motivated and promising individuals seeking a PhD or Lab Coordinator position related to the PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN-ANIMAL INTERACTION with Dr. Maggie O’Haire. The successful applicant will be housed within the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University. The research program will focus on the scientific evaluation of SERVICE DOGS for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and their families.


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Lecturer in Human-Animal Studies

The University of Winchester


The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences seeks to appoint an outstanding lecturer in human-animal studies with expertise in research methods within the Department of Politics and Society and the Centre for Animal Welfare. The post will enable the candidate to:

  • Teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in areas related to human-animal studies and research methods;
  • Develop an excellent profile of research activity, including publications, knowledge exchange, and grant capture, with appropriate mentoring and support.


Ideal candidates will be educated to PhD level with experience of undertaking high quality research in human-animal studies, and will have well-developed research plans to generate high-quality publications and be able to teach a range of subject areas within human-animal studies.


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Faculty Fellow

New York University, Arts and Science


NYU’s Animal Studies Initiative, an integral part of the Department of Environmental Studies, invites applications for the position of Faculty Fellow. The appointment will be for one year beginning September 1, 2017, renewable annually for a maximum of three years, pending administrative and budgetary approval. The successful applicant will contribute to the education of undergraduates minoring in Animal Studies, teaching three courses per year, and serving as the advisor to the minors. In addition, the successful candidate will help organize and actively participate in an initiative directed towards developing Animal Studies as a rigorous field of academic inquiry.


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PhD Position in Applied Ethology

Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory for Ethology – Merelbeke, Belgium


Job Description

A doctoral fellowship is available for a highly motivated candidate to engage in a research project on epileptic seizure detection by dogs in humans. The starting date for this PhD position is the 15th of September 2016.


This research project aims to investigate to what extent canine behaviour, that is expressed prior to epileptic seizures in humans, both by trained and untrained dogs, has a predictive value and whether olfactory biomarkers, potentially involved in this behaviour, can be identified.


The candidate will be

  1. compiling an international seizure dog database,
  2. investigating alerting behaviour in dogs presumed to signal human epileptic seizures by collecting data via online seizure diaries and during video EEG sessions,
  3. coordinating patient recruitment and sample collections for scent discrimination trials and metabolomics work,
  4. setting up a behaviour experiment to investigate causality in human seizure alerting by dogs.

This project will require a candidate to stay abroad (UK and maybe other European countries) for several weeks at a time.


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James Watt PhD Studentship in Human Animal Interactions and Animal Assisted Interventions

Heriot Watt University, School of Life Sciences, Department of Psychology


Title: An exploration of the benefits of human-animal interactions



Dr Nicola McGuigan

Dr Dasha Grajfoner


The high level of pet ownership within the UK suggests that animals play an important role within society. Of recent interest is whether interactions with animals can go beyond companionship and enhance human health, well-being and functioning. This studentship will provide an in-depth dissection of which specific elements of human-animal contact enhance health, well-being and functioning in non-clinical populations at different points across the lifespan. An additional aim of the project is to determine whether any increases witnessed in the outcome measures following exposure to animals is also evident when individuals are exposed to inanimate alternatives (e.g., robotic pets). Establishing whether or not inanimate animals can enhance health and well-being would provide an invaluable addition to the evidence base, as inanimate animals may provide a more practical option for many individuals who cannot have their own pet.


Person Specification

  • Demonstrated experience in human animal interaction and animal assisted intervention research or practice
  • Knowledge and experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Ability to write concise and accessible reports for a non-specialist audience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Publishing track record in the area of HAI or AAI/AAA or related
  • Experience of research in an academic environment


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Professional Research Assistant

University of Colorado – College of Nursing


Under the direction of PI Cheryl A. Krause-Parello,PhD, RN in the Office of Research and Scholarship this PRA position will manage the CPAWW office by working to maintain the integrity and progress of ongoing research studies, investigating humananimal interaction, with a focus on veterans’ health and child maltreatment—which is integral to the investigator’s body of research work.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with data collection, data management (SPSS), and data analyses (qualitative/quantitative)
  • Assist with grant writing/document editing
  • Assist with manuscript preparation (including EndNote)
  • Assist with COMIRB submission & adherence
  • Conduct correspondence
  • Organize/manage files
  • (Potentially) Travel to/copresent at conferences
  • Website and social media management


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