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Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Imaging

Job ID: 30407
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated January 23, 2024

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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, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Description

Duration: 2 years (renewable)

Salary: $55,000, dependent on prior experience, plus Plan C health benefits. Opportunities are available to supplement salary through competitive fellowship competitions at the institutional and national level.

The Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Imaging.

Job Description:

One postdoctoral research position in the field of paediatric musculoskeletal imaging is available at the University of Calgary through support of the One Child Every Child initiative. The position will be in Dr. Danielle Whittier’s research group with joint affiliation between the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health.

This postdoctoral research fellow will lead a new “musculoskeletal deep phenotyping” cohort study investigating bone growth throughout childhood and adolescence, with particular focus on the impact of chronic and complex childhood diseases. The project is highly multidisciplinary, bringing together imaging methods (e.g., EOS, MRI, HR-pQCT), biomechanics, clinical data, and genomics. Participant data collection will occur primarily through the world-class facilities available in the Centre for Mobility and Joint Health [] that is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging and biomechanics equipment that is fully dedicated to research use. The fellow will be responsible for supporting the development of the study design alongside team members of the deep phenotyping program and will oversee core image acquisition and analysis related to the initial phase of the project.

Through this role, the postdoctoral fellow will be well-positioned to build an interdisciplinary network through the One Child Every Child initiative and will have many opportunities for technical and professional development, including mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, grant writing, and presenting their work at international scientific meetings. Further, , there will be opportunities to engage in independent research within the context of the broader cohort study.


  •  PhD in biomedical engineering, computer sciences, or related field
  • A background in medical image acquisition and image processing, preferably with familiarity implementing multimodal imaging (e.g., MRI and CT/HR-pQCT)
  • Strong programming skills for data-driven analysis, preferably in Python and R
  • Strong scientific communication skills and ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Previous experience in clinical cohort studies and/or paediatric musculoskeletal research is not required but will be considered favourably

Applications Details:

  • Interested candidates should submit an application package containing the following information:
    • Cover letter (including scientific interests and career ambitions)
    • Curriculum Vitae.
    • Contact information for 2-3 professional references (they will not be contacted unless shortlisted after interviews).
  • Your applications and questions should be sent to [email protected]
  • Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.  The target start date is May 2024 (negotiable)

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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