Post Doctoral Scholar in Food Marketing Data Science

University of Calgary



Position Description

Area: Food Marketing Data Science
Duration: 1 year, with possible renewal for a second year
Start date: May 6, 2019
Salary: $55,000 plus Plan C extended benefits

The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Food Marketing Data Science. This Postdoctoral Scholar will be supervised by Drs. Dana Olstad and Joon Lee. This Postdoctoral Scholar will lead a food marketing project that aims to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) system capable of monitoring unhealthy food marketing on digital media.

Job Description:

This Postdoctoral Scholar will be expected to:

  • Collect, process, and analyze unhealthy food marketing data on digital media
  • Develop monitoring algorithms using machine learning and other computational methods
  • Implement a working prototype of the AI system
  • Publish the results of the project


The ideal candidate must have a PhD completed in the last 3 years in data science, computer science, statistics, biomedical/electrical/computer/software engineering, or a relevant field. In addition, the ideal candidate should be well versed and experienced in most of the following:

  • Data science
  • Machine learning
  • Digital media analysis (images and videos in particular)
  • Natural language processing
  • Software engineering
  • Big data analytics
  • High-performance computing
  • General knowledge in health, nutrition, and marketing

Expertise in the areas listed above is best demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and/or contributions to open-source projects available on GitHub. The ideal candidate should also have excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills. Proficiency in Python and/or R is required.

Application details:

Interested candidates should email a CV, a statement of research interests (up to 2 pages), electronic copies of up to three related peer-reviewed publications, and a list of three references to Drs. Dana Olstad ( and Joon Lee (

Applications submitted by May 31, 2019 will be given full consideration.

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 about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. 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.

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 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 professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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