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Postdoctoral Fellow, Epidemiologist - Pediatric Enteric Infections, Department of Pediatrics

Job ID: 16413

Updated: June 7, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area:           Pediatric Enteric Infections  
Duration:    2-Year Position 
Start date:  As soon as possible
Salary:        $55,000/year - 75,000 (depending on experience) - plus benefits

The Sections of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary are seeking an individual with excellent epidemiologic skills who is interested in completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Enteric Infections.

Job Description:
The Sections of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary are accepting applications for an Eyes High Post-Doctoral Scholar (PDS) focused on the study of acute enteric infections (i.e. vomiting and diarrhea) in children. The position is funded by the University’s Eyes High rising stars strategy, which targets the highest caliber candidates with track records that are competitive for national/international fellowships. This 2-year position must commence in 2019 and includes a stipend of $55,000 - $75,000/year (depending on experience) plus health benefits.

The PDS will work on new and existing cohort studies, clinical trials, and systematic reviews of pediatric gastroenteritis, with a focus on epidemiology or health services. The PDS will be expected to contribute to study design, data analysis, and manuscript preparation; exceptional scholars will be encouraged to develop novel research questions and lead sub-studies within the team. A primary source of data will be the APPETITE study, which includes clinical and biological data from 4,500 gastroenteritis cases and controls comprehensively tested for a large suite of enteric pathogens. Linkage to data from the province’s single-payer health system is also possible.

Topics of study within the field of pediatric gastroenteritis will be based on PDS interest. Areas of current investigation include a future norovirus immunization program, implementation of culture-independent diagnostic testing for enteric pathogens, effects of probiotics on gastroenteritis outcomes, clinical and health system burden of enteric infections, and the epidemiology of specific pathogens (e.g. Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, C. difficile). Other potential areas of study include the association of acute gastroenteritis with chronic diseases (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome), role of the microbiome in gastroenteritis, and patient-centered gastroenteritis care in the emergency department.

We are seeking candidates with a PhD/ScD/DrPH in epidemiology, health services, public health, or a related discipline, or candidates with an MD (or equivalent) and supplemental training in research methodology. The successful candidate will have strong methodologic skills, a publication record commensurate with experience, the ability to work both independently and as a team
member, and excellent written and spoken communication skills. Prior experience in infectious diseases, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, or child health is preferred. Prior experience in enteric diseases is an asset but not required.

The successful candidate will join Dr. Stephen Freedman’s extensive clinical laboratory. Our work targets gastroenteritis, which results in >500,000 deaths/year in children <5 years of age. The team is committed to providing a bench to bedside to policy training experience, enabling the PDS to contribute to an evidence-based, economically efficient, patient-centred, provincial acute gastroenteritis management plan. Our team’s activities over the past decade have brought pediatric acute gastroenteritis into the spotlight and have altered clinical practice. Supported by multiple funding agencies (e.g. CIHR; AIHS), the team has a large, multi-disciplinary, translational research portfolio. The PDS will collaborate with scientists, clinicians, and policymakers in virology, microbiology, pediatrics, public health, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, and infectious diseases. Our team will focus on educating the fellow on the basics of translational enteric disease research, the scientific processes employed, and the ability to conduct clinical studies to test hypotheses.

Application details:
The call for applicants will be open until filled but are encouraged as soon as possible. Pediatric Emergency Medicine trained physicians are eligible to apply and may earn supplementary income through a limited amount of clinical work.To apply, please send a cover letter with statement of research experience and interests, and CV with names of three references, with the subject line “Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar Position” to:

Stephen Freedman, MDCM, MSc
Alberta Children’s Hospital, rm C4-634
2888 Shaganappi Trail, NW
Calgary, AB, Canada, T3B 6A8
E-mail: Stephen.Freedman@ahs.ca

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 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.

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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