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Postdoctoral Scholar in Cancer Epidemiology

Job ID: 32047
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated June 06, 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 the possibility of extension

Start Date: August  2024 (negotiable)

Salary:  Minimum of $70,000 CAD per annum plus Plan C Health Benefits

The Department 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 within Cancer Care Alberta 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 research to understand oncofertility use and sexual health in adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors in Alberta. The successful candidate will bring to fruition a project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research that includes quantitative analysis of questionnaire data, as well leading qualitative focus groups. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also undertake additional projects seeking to improve care and outcomes in the AYA cancer population, where the primary data source is an established population-based cohort ( that has been linked to registries and administrative health databases, including the Discharge Abstract Database, National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, and Practitioner Claims. 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
  • 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 or REDCap.

Application Details:

Individuals interested in this challenging and rewarding opportunity in a growth-oriented organization should submit the following documents through the UCalgary portal using the “Apply Now” button below:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names of three references

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted during the week of July 22, 2024. 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]).