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Postdoctoral Scholar, Implementation Science

Job ID: 31374
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated March 19, 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

Area:             Implementation Science

Duration:      One year with possibility of extension

Start Date:    September 1, 2024 (or sooner based on availability)

Salary:         $60,000 plus Plan C Health Benefits

The Department of Critical Care Medicine in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Implementation Science. 

Job Description:

The Fiest Lab is focused on improving the science of patient and family centered critical care medicine. We are based in the Department of Critical Care Medicine and are linked to the O’Brien Institute of Public Health at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Under the supervision of Dr. Fiest, the postdoctoral scholar will perform research that ultimately improves the care and health of critically ill patients and their families, with a focus on implementation science. 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 implementation science research in critical care. The postdoctoral scholar will lead research, under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, 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). The postdoctoral scholar will liaise with all relevant stakeholders, including patients, families, clinicians, decision makers, and other researchers throughout the research process. 


  • PhD completed within 3 years of the beginning of the appointment. If degree is still pending it must be awarded before August 31, 2024
  • Must be interested in pursuing implementation science and health services research in critical care medicine (specifically related to patient and family engagement is an asset)
  • Methodological skill sets
    • Knowledge of and experience with implementation science is required
    • Knowledge of and experience with a variety of health services research methods
    • Knowledge of and experience with knowledge syntheses
    • Knowledge of critical care medicine is an asset
  • Excellent organization skills, including the ability to work independently and to multitask.
  • Excellent attention to detail is a must
  • High level of effective time management, personal initiative, and teamwork
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills is essential, including evidence of first author publications
  • Strong team skills as this position will have a high degree of interaction/contact with patients, clinicians, researchers, students, and others
  • 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

Application Details:

Please submit your application (cover letter [3 pages maximum], updated CV, names of three references) as one PDF file, along with a writing sample (a first-author manuscript written by the applicant, for example) via email to Dr. Kirsten Fiest ([email protected]) by June 1, 2024.

For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at the University of Calgary, please see

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

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.

Additional Information

The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary visit our Postdocs website.  

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Postdoc Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

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About Calgary, Alberta

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The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy 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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