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Postdoctoral Scholar, Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 26017

Updated: June 8, 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:          Head and Neck Health Services Research

Duration:   2 years 

Start Date   July 1, 2022

Salary:       $50,000 per year plus Alberta Blue Health Insurance Benefits

The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in Head and Neck Health Services Research.  

Job Description:

The Ohlson Research Initiative (ORI) is focused on clinical effectiveness research that informs evidence-based care of patients with head and neck cancer. The ORI works in collaboration with the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, the O’Brien Institute of Public Health, and the Cumming School of Medicine (Departments of Surgery & Oncology). As a member of the ORI, under the supervision of Drs. Sauro & Dort, the postdoctoral scholar will perform research that ultimately improves the care and health of these patients. Within this role, the postdoctoral scholar will be encouraged and supported to build and strengthen their independent program of research. To this end, the successful applicant will be supported, and expected, to apply for external awards locally and nationally.

The primary purpose of this role is to conduct clinical effectiveness research in head and neck cancer. The postdoctoral scholar will advance the research portfolio of the ORI, specifically the health services research portfolio. The postdoctoral scholar will lead research, under the supervision of the Principal Investigators, which will include assisting with writing grant applications, completing ethics applications, conceptualizing and designing research studies, executing research studies and disseminating the findings (including writing manuscripts and presenting findings to stakeholders). Given the ORI is founded on principles of collaboration and multidisciplinary research the postdoctoral scholar will also liaise with all relevant stakeholders throughout the research process.

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 May 31, 2022.
  • Must be interested in pursuing health services research in head and neck cancer (specifically related to head and neck surgical care is an asset).
  • Methodological skill sets:
    • Knowledge of and experience with a variety of health services research methods.
    • Knowledge of and experience with knowledge synthesis methodology an asset.
    • Knowledge of secondary data sources for research such as electronic medical records, administrative data and national health survey data an asset. 
    • Skills in statistical software (Stata, SAS, or R preferable) and database management an asset.
  • Excellent organization skills, including the ability to work independently and to multitask.
  • Excellent attention to details is a must.
  • High level of effective time management, personal initiative, and teamwork.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills is essential.
  • Strong team skills as this position will have a high degree of interaction/contact with patients, clinicians, researchers, students, and other stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to thrive and deliver results in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), advanced internet skills.

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

Application Details:

Candidates must submit the completed application package as a single PDF file with the subject line: ORI 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]

The application process will be adjudicated by a Committee that will be comprised of:

  • Health Services Research Lead, Ohlson Research Institute
  • Executive Director, Ohlson Research Initiative
  • Dr. Joseph Dort or designate
  • Scientific Director, O’Brien Institute for Public Health
  • Health Services Researcher, as appointed by Dept. Head, Community Health Sciences
  • Member with expertise in Health Services Research, as appointed by Dept Head, Surgery 

The recipient will be expected to provide a report to the Advisory Committee and Donor on the progress of their research in June of the year following the award. 

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.

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.

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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.

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