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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Pediatric Enteric Infections, Department of Pediatrics

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Job ID: 12867

Updated: July 4, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: Pediatric Enteric Infections
Duration: 2-Year Position
Start date: July 2017
Salary: $50,000/year

The Sections of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow 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 position focused on studying acute enteric (i.e. vomiting and diarrhea) infections 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 2017 and includes a stipend of $50,000/year plus health benefits. Pediatric Emergency Medicine trained physicians are eligible to apply and may earn supplementary income through a limited amount of clinical work.

The successful candidate would join Dr. Stephen Freedman’s extensive clinical laboratory which focuses on the prospective collection of data and specimens and the conduct of cohort and clinical trial studies in children with acute gastroenteritis. The team’s activities over the past decade have brought pediatric AGE into the spotlight and have altered clinical practice. The team is supported by many funding agencies (e.g. CIHR; AIHS) to support the work of large multi-disciplinary translational research teams.

The team is committed to training a postdoctoral scholar (PDS) and the recruitment of one with interests in public health, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, or epidemiology will dramatically enhance our ability to achieve our goals. The PDS will focus on analyzing a databased that includes clinical and biological data from 4500 children with gastroenteritis and controls. Data generated will be analyzed to define the epidemiology of disease and will guide high-level evaluations of: 1) future norovirus immunization program; and 2) comprehensive provincial enteric pathogen identification strategy. Our translational team offers an outstanding training environment allowing the PDS to work with a team committed to providing a bench to bedside to policy experience enabling the PDS to see their work lead to an evidence-based, economically efficient, patient-centred, provincial AGE management plan.

 The PDS will bring significant epidemiologic expertise to our team which includes over 20 of virologist, microbiologists, pediatric, public health, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, and infectious disease experts. Strength in epidemiology will facilitate the analysis of the vast amount of data currently being collected. 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.

Our work targets an infection (AGE) which results in more than 500,000 deaths per year in children under the age of five. It is building the foundation of work involving the impact of probiotic administration on the microbiome and how AGE episodes may be at the core of future chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. By partnering with individuals with microbiome expertise, we seek to analyze a huge stool specimen repository that has been assembled (approximately 10,000 specimens from well and sick children, by end of 2017) to evaluate the role the microbiome plays in the development of autoimmune (e.g. diabetes, celiac, IBD) and other (e.g. autism) diseases.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to choose which specific research area to pursue, as best fits their career goals.

  • Trainees will be expected to have demonstrated excellence evidenced by recent publications and will receive training in techniques that compliment and extend their current expertise.
  • Trainees must have the ability to work both independently and as a team member, and should possess excellent written and spoken communication skills.

Application Details

To apply, please send a cover letter with a statement of research experience and interests, along with a CV including the 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

The call for applicants will be open until June 30, 2017.

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

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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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