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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Child Health Research & Policy, Owerko Centre

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Job ID: 13065

Updated: July 31, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area:  Child Health Research & Policy           
Duration:  One year, renewable for a 2nd year                
Start Date: Before January, 2018
Annual Stipend: $45000  per annum (plus benefits)

The Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary are accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF). The PDF will lead research to examine family use of services across sectors for children at risk of, or with, neurodevelopmental disability (NDD). PDF supervision will be provided by: (1) Dr. Suzanne Tough, Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences and Scientific Advisor to PolicyWise for Children & Families; and (2) Dr. Jennifer Zwicker, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Director of Health Policy, School of Public Policy. Additional direct mentorship will be provided by Dr. Kiran Pohar Manhas, Fellow in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. This fellowship may also offer a secondment to PolicyWise for Children & Families, a not-for-profit research organization involved in analyses of cross-ministerial, linked administrative data.

Job Description:

The position requires independent analysis and research, within a team approach in a fast moving and changing environment, often involving multiple stakeholders. The PDF will contribute to refining the research questions and methods, and will have the opportunity to lead a multi-pronged program of research using a mixed methods approach to assess family use of services across sectors for young children at risk of, or with, NDD. The anticipated methods to undertake this research could include analysis of the All Our Families (AOF) community-based, longitudinal pregnancy cohort data; qualitative inquiry with families, cross-sectional analysis of the cross-ministerial, linked administrative data housed at PolicyWise for Children & Families. Research outcomes will inform policy development for service navigation and utilization.

PDF Responsibilities:

  • Refine research questions and methods according to their expertise and interest within the project parameters
  • Lead the design and implementation of at least two of the sub-studies in the above-described research program.
  • Actively seek additional, external funding opportunities at the local, provincial and national level
  • Actively contribute to the development of peer-reviewed publications related to the studies undertaken as part of the PDF appointment
  • Provide leadership on knowledge translation activities
  • Provide leadership and mentorship at weekly AOF team meeting, including supervision of trainees and support staff
  • Undertake additional training

Opportunities for applied training is available, related to statistical methods, qualitative inquiry and stakeholder engagement, policy analysis, grant writing, student supervision, knowledge translation of clinical research into practice and policy, academic teaching, and multi-stakeholder collaboration with a range of investigators (policy analysts, epidemiologists, psychologists, qualitative researchers, legal analysts, statisticians and health service agencies).


  • PhD in health sciences, health services research, or a related field, completed within the last 4 years (or will be complete upon PDF start date)
  • High level of effective organizational, time management and personal initiative skills
  • Proven ability to design and complete research studies of complex issues
  • Experience with research software, whether statistical (STATA or SPSS preferred) and/or qualitative (NVivo preferred) as well as Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially in scientific writing
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality publications and presentations
  • Understanding of experimental design and scientific process and evaluative and qualitative methodologies.
  • Strong track record of scholarly activities including publication of research findings in reputable peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations
  • Experience in applying for external grants and awards
  • Previous experience in the study of child health or disability would be an asset
  • Previous experience in working with administrative data or large datasets would be an asset

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), benefits-eligible, one-year appointment, with the potential to extend for a second year. For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at the University of Calgary, please see

The PDF will be affiliated with the UofC and the Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI). The Owerko Centre is a $10M state-of-the-art research space dedicated to promoting collaborative neurodevelopmental and mental health research across UofC and its affiliated hospitals. ACHRI brings together over 180 inter-disciplinary scientists to find new ways of understanding and treating child behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and physical health.

Application details: 

Application materials include:

  • Statement of interest (limit 1 page) summarizing your relevant experience, career goals, and description of how postdoc training will contribute to these goals
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of two (2) references (reference letters will be required for final decisions)
  • Two (2) writing samples (published or unpublished) that best exemplify your scholarly work, along with an explanation of your role in each sample.

Application materials should be submitted online at the University of Calgary Careers posting.

The application deadline is JULY 15, 2017, but applications will be considered as they are submitted. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.

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