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Postdoctoral Scholar, Head & Neck Cancer and Surgery

Job ID: 31964
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: Head & Neck Cancer and Surgery

Duration: 2 years

Start Date: July 1, 2024

Salary:  $60,000.00 CAD per annum, plus University of Calgary Plan C health benefits

The Department of Surgery  in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Services Research.

Job Description:

The Ohlson Research Initiative (ORI) is focused on clinical effectiveness research that informs evidence-based care of patients with head and neck cancer. The ORI works in collaboration with the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, the O’Brien Institute of Public Health, and the Cumming School of Medicine (Departments of Surgery & Oncology). As a member of the ORI, under the supervision of Drs. Sauro & Dort, the postdoctoral fellow will perform research that ultimately improves the care and health of these patients. 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 clinical effectiveness research in head and neck cancer. The postdoctoral fellow will advance the research portfolio of the ORI, specifically the health services research portfolio. The postdoctoral fellow will lead research, under the supervision of the Principal Investigators, 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 to stakeholders). Given the ORI is founded on principles of collaboration and multidisciplinary research the postdoctoral fellow will also liaise with all relevant stakeholders throughout the research process.


  • PhD, MD or equivalent degree completed within 3 years of the beginning of the appointment. If degree is still pending it must be awarded before May 31, 2022
  • Must be interested in pursuing health services research in head and neck cancer (specifically related to head and neck surgical care is an asset)
  • Methodological skill sets:
    • Knowledge of and experience with a variety of health services research methods
    • Knowledge of and experience with knowledge synthesis methodology an asset
    • Knowledge of secondary data sources for research such as electronic medical records, administrative data and national health survey data an asset
    • Skills in statistical software (Stata, SAS, or R preferable) and database management an asset
  • Excellent organization skills, including the ability to work independently and to multitask
  • Excellent attention to details is a must
  • High level of effective time management, personal initiative, and teamwork
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills is essential
  • Strong team skills as this position will have a high degree of interaction/contact with patients, clinicians, researchers, students, and other stakeholders
  • 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:

Candidates must submit the completed application package as a single PDF file with the subject line: ORI Postdoctoral application. All applications must include:

  • a brief cover letter including date of availability, suitability and motivation for the role, including your interest in this project, qualifications or related experience, general research/goals statement
  • detailed curriculum vitae (CV)
  • official or unofficial copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s)
  • contact information including email addresses for three (3) references to support the application

Application should be submitted to [email protected] and [email protected] 

The application process will be adjudicated by a Committee that will be comprised of: 

  • Health Services Research Lead, Ohlson Research Institute
  • Executive Director, Ohlson Research Initiative
  • Dr. Joseph Dort or designate
  • Scientific Director, O’Brien Institute for Public Health
  • Health Services Researcher, as appointed by Dept. Head, Community Health Sciences
  • Member with expertise in Health Services Research, as appointed by Dept Head, Surgery 

The recipient will be expected to provide a report to the Advisory Committee and Donor on the progress of their research in June of the year following the award. 

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.

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