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Postdoctoral Scholar, Epidemiology

Job ID: 29746

Updated: August 18, 2023

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:  Epidemiology
Duration:  2 years with the possibility of extension   
Start Date:  September 2023 (negotiable)
Salary: minimum of $70,000 per annum plus Plan C benefits
Applications are being accepted for a Postdoctoral Scholar who will be affiliated with the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Oncology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research within Cancer Care Alberta at Alberta Health Services.

Job Description:

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be supervised by Dr. Miranda Fidler-Benaoudia and will undertake research investigating the long-term effects of having cancer as a child, adolescent or young adult. The successful candidate will work on a variety of cancer epidemiologic research studies that utilize registries and administrative health databases, including the Discharge Abstract Database, National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, and Practitioner Claims. Immediate research projects include the investigation of premature mortality, subsequent primary neoplasms, chronic health conditions, reproductive health, and patient-reported outcomes. Additional projects can be developed based upon the successful candidate’s interests. The start date is negotiable for the right candidate.

Independent judgment, attention to detail, timeliness, ability to learn new methods and strong problem-solving skills will be essential in performing the job duties. Specific required skills include:

  • Manipulating large and complex datasets;
  • Conducting data quality checks and logging corrections;
  • Conducting basic and advanced statistical analyses in Stata, SAS and/or R, and documenting data analysis steps;
  • Preparing written summaries of data analyses including figures and tables, as needed for scientific papers;
  • Leading the writing and preparation of manuscripts for publication;
  • Assisting in the development of grant applications;
  • Assisting in the preparation of recruitment and data collection materials for research projects;
  • Working in a diverse team; and
  • In-scope supervision of other staff members and/or trainees.

As part of ongoing development, the Postdoctoral Scholar will also have access to seminars, research forums, journal clubs, invited speakers and visiting scholars, and will have the opportunity for further education and training in epidemiology and data science as needed. Application to postdoctoral scholarships will be expected. National and international conference attendance will be supported.


  • PhD degree, completed within the last 3 years, in Epidemiology, Public Health or Biostatistics;
  • Established peer-reviewed publication record;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Preference will be given to candidates with two or more years’ experience in a research setting, knowledge of oncology, and/or experience using administrative health databases.

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

Application Details:

Individuals interested in this challenging and rewarding opportunity in a growth-oriented organization should submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Letter of interest;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • First author manuscript writing sample (article PDF or confidential draft); and
  • Names of three references

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. 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 visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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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.

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