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Post Doctoral Associate, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 26584

Updated: August 9, 2022

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Area: Community Health Sciences 

Duration: Two years

Start Date: Immediately

Salary: The salary payments will follow standard university schedules and may be negotiated based on experiences and expertise

 

The Department of Medicine  in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Associate.

 

Job Description:

Nature of the Work: 1.0 FTE Postdoctoral Associate to lead/support diverse projects in the field of relationship-centred, equity-focused health care.  

Reports to Name and Title: Dr. Doreen Rabi, Professor & Principal Investigator

The Postdoctoral Associate will lead/support projects of the Canadian Collaboration for Complex Care (C4)- a CIHR funding Personalized Health Team. 

Overview of work:
Multimorbidity, or the presence of two or more non-communicable chronic diseases in an individual, may be one of the greatest challenges facing health care. The prevalence of multimorbidity is high, with 30% of Canadians 40 years of age or older having multimorbidity and the burden of multimorbidity increases significantly with age and social vulnerability. Multimorbidity is too often viewed through a biomedical lens; when in truth, many chronic conditions such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes and obesity have strong social determinants. Personalized approaches that consider the complex interaction between clinical and situational factors in multimorbidity hold considerable promise in addressing the challenge of multimorbidity. Shared decision-making (SDM) is a method through which patients and clinicians can work together to develop personalized solutions in the face of medical complexity. While SDM is strongly recommended for patients with medical complexity due to multimorbidity, it is under-utilized and sub-optimally supported, particularly in racialized patients.

The Canadian Collaboration for Complex Care (C4) will develop personalized health solutions by focusing on the promotion of situational literacy. We define situational literacy as an enhanced understanding of the interaction between the person, the complexities of their lived experience and the complexities of their clinical conditions. We propose that this understanding is fundamentally important to developing effective personalized care plans for patients with multimorbidity. Our overarching goal is to demonstrate a transformative and transportable approach to designing tools and environments that promote personalized decision-making.

The position of Postdoctoral Associate is an appointment for 2 years. This is regular full-time position with flexible work hours.

Primary Purpose of the Position: 

The Postdoctoral Associate primary purpose is to provide subject matter expertise and team operational support to assist in the goals of the research. The Postdoctoral Associate will lead/collaborate on publications within the field of the research at both a national and international level. Success in the role will require some judgment and decision making across the research projects, following procedures and guidelines set by the PI, and extensive daily collaboration with the research team.
 

Qualifications:

  • PhD, MD or equivalent degree completed within 3 years of the beginning of the appointment. If degree is still pending it must be awarded before September 1, 2022
  • Must be interested in pursuing health services research 
  • Experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods, data collection, analysis and data management
  • Familiarity with SAS, STATA, R and NVivo is desirable
  • Demonstrate strong leadership, communication, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills is essential
  • Ability to work collaboratively with departmental and interdepartmental teams and effective time management
  • Knowledge of and experience in systematic reviews and advanced literature searching skills
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), and advanced internet skills
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success
  • A commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion 
  • Write scientific reports and/or papers

 

Application Details:

Candidates must submit the completed application package as a single PDF file with the subject line: C4 Postdoctoral Application. All applications must include:

  • a brief cover letter including date of availability, suitability and motivation for the role, including your interest in this project, qualifications or related experience, general research/goals statement
  • detailed curriculum vitae (CV)
  • official or unofficial copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s)
  • contact information including email addresses for three (3) references to support the application

Application should be submitted to [email protected] and [email protected] 
 
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Additional Information

The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. 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 visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

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 ucalgary.ca.

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. For more information visit research.ucalgary.ca/postdocs.

 

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 has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, 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 academic and 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. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

 

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