Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Animal Welfare)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Animal Welfare)

Posted April 7, 2021

A postdoctoral research fellow position is available starting immediately in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC), under the supervision of Drs. Daniel Weary and Marina von Keyserlingk. UBC’s Animal Welfare Program was created in 1997 with the mission “to improve the lives of animals through research, education, and outreach”. Our research program consists of a wide range of scientific projects to improve the management, housing and handling of farm, companion, laboratory and wild animals. The Animal Welfare Program is located in the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems in Vancouver, Canada.

Work Performed

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead research activities related to stakeholder views of gene editing technology. This research project will focus on potential animal welfare enhancing gene-edited technologies as applied to dairy and beef cattle, and will examine perceptions, trust and adoption in interested groups varying from farmers to consumers. A better understanding of perceptions towards gene-editing technologies may inform future policy and communication efforts that can enhanced trust in the food system, and help Canadian food businesses more confidently predict which gene-editing technologies are likely to find societal acceptance.

Specific activities will include designing and conducting research projects with dairy industry stakeholders, writing manuscripts and presenting results at industry and academic conferences, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. The postdoctoral appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extension.


Applicants should have a PhD degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Animal Welfare or closely related fields, obtained within the last 5 years. Candidates should have a strong research record as demonstrated in peer-reviewed publications and experience communicating research to multi-stakeholder audiences. Research experience should include stakeholder views of animals, running focus group and interview studies, and qualitative analysis of data. Mixed methods research experience is an asset. Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and be able to work independently on research tasks as well as collaboratively with a group of multidisciplinary researchers.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit their CV and names of three referees to email: Please use ‘PDF Application-Animal Welfare’ in the subject-line. The position will remain open until filled, but review of applications will start immediately.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require.