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Postdoctoral Scholar in Cancer Epidemiology

Job ID: 31518
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated April 05, 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.


Area: Cancer Epidemiology   

Duration: 2 years with possibility of extension

Start Date: October 2024 (negotiable)

Salary:  minimum of $70,000 per annum plus Plan C benefits

The Departments of Community Health Sciences and Oncology  in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Cancer Epidemiology.

Job Description:

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be supervised by Dr. Miranda Fidler-Benaoudia and will undertake population health and health systems research related to survivors of pediatric (0-14 year-olds) and/or adolescent and young adult (AYA; 15-39 year-olds) cancer. The successful candidate will work on a variety of cancer epidemiologic research studies that utilize registry, administrative health (Discharge Abstract Database, National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, and Practitioner Claims), and questionnaire (e.g. patient-reported outcomes, risk factor assessment) data. Immediate research projects include the investigation of chronic health condition risks, follow-up care and guideline adherence, oncofertility, healthcare utilization, and cancer prevention at young ages. Future areas of research include understanding social support and end-of-life care needs. 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 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;
  • Presenting research at provincial, national, and international conferences;
  • Assisting in the development of grant applications;
  • Assisting in the preparation of study materials for research projects;
  • Working in a diverse team; and
  • In-scope supervision of other staff members and/or trainees.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be a member of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. As a part of ongoing development, the Postdoctoral Scholar will 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 in Epidemiology or Public Health or Biostatistics with graduate-level Epidemiology degree, completed within the last 3 years
  • Established peer-reviewed publication record
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • 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

Application Details:

Individuals interested in this challenging and rewarding opportunity in a growth-oriented team should include the following in their application:

  • 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. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.

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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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.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, 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 academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).