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Postdoctoral Scholar, Critical Care Medicine & Informatics, Department of Critical Care Medicine

Job ID: 19718

Updated: January 16, 2020

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area:          Critical Care Medicine
Duration:   One year with the possibility of extension 
Start date: January 1 to September 1 2020
Salary:       Minimum of $40,000/year plus Plan C health benefits

The Department of Critical Care Medicine in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in “Critical Care Medicine & Informatics”

Job Description:

The postdoctoral scholar will be co-supervised by Dr. Dan Zuege and Dr. Tom Stelfox. They will contribute to a research program that merges health services research and clinical informatics. Specifically, the postdoctoral scholar will create and validate electronic algorithm’s to use existing clinical information systems to provide individual healthcare providers (e.g., physician, nurse, respiratory therapist, pharmacist etc.) with personalized audit and feedback on their performance (e.g., adherence with established practice recommendations). Healthcare performance evaluation for the purposes of quality improvement has historically focused on organizational units (e.g., hospitals) or providers performing select procedures (e.g., cardiac surgery). Advances in clinical information systems and computational capabilities now provide an opportunity for all healthcare providers to receive automated audit and feedback on their performance. The postdoctoral scholar will lead a program of research to develop and test methodologies to provide individual healthcare provider audit and feedback to ultimately improve health services delivery. 

Critical care in Alberta is fortunate to be supported by the eCritical Alberta program which provides a comprehensive critical care clinical information system (eCritical MetaVision) and clinical analytics system (eCritical TRACER) implemented province-wide. The Connect Care program currently being implemented in all clinical care areas, including critical care, in Alberta will further advance our informatics capabilities. The comprehensive data assets in these systems will provide an excellent and novel substrate from which provider-specific metrics can be evolved spanning the care of multiple disease states via the application of multiple clinical care processes. The focus of this postdoctoral scholar position will be performance assessment by care providers in critical care units though there is the potential for developed models and tools to other clinical areas.


  • Refine research questions and methods according to their expertise and interest within the project parameters
  • Lead the design and implementation of the above-described research program 
  • Actively seek additional, external funding opportunities at local, provincial and national levels
  • Actively contribute to the development of peer-reviewed publications related to the studies undertaken as part of the PDS appointment
  • Provide leadership and mentorship to junior team members, including supervision of trainees and support staff  


  • PhD in computer science or health informatics (or related discipline). 
  • The applicant must have completed (or be within six months of completing) their degree. Applicants who hold a degree must have completed their doctoral degree within the past three years, or have been actively working in a related field.  
  • Data Systems: Experience working with large health datasets and programming experience is an asset.  
  • Data Analysis: Experience with research software.
  • Communication: Fluency in English, both written and oral. Experience presenting to academic audience is an asset.
  • Time-management: The applicant must have excellent time management skills and be able to work in a self-directed manner within an inter-disciplinary environment. 
  • Publications: Demonstrated productively for peer-reviewed publications 
  • Supervision: Previous experience mentoring undergraduate and MSc students is an asset

What We Offer: 

The postdoctoral scholar will be part of a rich academic community which includes the Departments of Critical Care Medicine, Medicine, and Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. The postdoctoral scholar will be part of the larger academic community through engagement in the Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network, Calgary Critical Care Research Network, the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, the W21C, and KT Canada. The post-doctoral scholar will participate in regular team meetings, grand rounds, journal clubs and research seminars where principal investigators, postdoctoral scholars and trainees present their most recent work. They will work in a collaborative multi-disciplinary team made up of researchers, clinicians, postdoctoral scholars, research associates and coordinators, biostatisticians, and trainees at all levels. They will have the opportunity to present their research findings at conferences where they will network with other researchers. And have the opportunity to substantially engage with patients and families, clinicians and decision-makers throughout their research.

Application details:  

If this sounds like the right fit for you, please send: 

  1. A cover letter outlining your relevant research experience, qualifications, research interests and career goals
  2. CV
  3. Transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  4. Sample of three related peer-reviewed publications

As a single PDF to Nubia Zepeda, Research Program Manager:

If you’d like to learn more about our team, visit the Calgary Critical Care Research Network webpage.  

This posting will remain open until a successful candidate is identified. 

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.

About the University of Calgary

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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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