Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Animal Welfare/History)
History Department, University of British Columbia
We are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead research activities related to the history of breeding technologies and animal welfare in cattle. This research will contribute to the historical portion of a larger interdisciplinary project that examines perceptions, trust and interest in gene-editing technology among and within the milk and beef supply chains from farmers through to consumers. The historical research will focus on understanding perception, trust, and adoption of historical breeding technologies among all interested groups from farmers to consumers. As a result, the benefits of this project are as diverse as the stakeholders involved. A better understanding of the history of perceptions towards breeding and gene-editing technologies will allow for improved interdisciplinary work within the project, will aid communication efforts, and potentially enable enhanced trust in the food system.
Specific activities will include designing and conducting research projects on the historical perception of breeding technologies and gene-editing technologies as well as writing manuscripts and presenting results at industry and academic conferences. The postdoctoral fellow is accountable for the quality of the research data including analysis and interpretation. The position is for one year, with the possibility of extension.