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Postdoctoral Scientist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Job ID: 32277
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated July 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:   Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Duration:   One year, with possibility of extension

Start Date:   July 2024

Salary:   $55,000 per annum plus benefits

The Department of Psychiatry in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Post-doctoral Scientist in Data Science in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  

Travel within Calgary may sometimes be required for in-person research activities.

Job Description:

A post-doctoral scientist position is available as part of a child and youth mental health program under the supervision of Dr. Paul Arnold and Gina Dimitropoulos at The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, University of Calgary.  Will be involved in an interdisciplinary research program based on a partnership between the Mathison Centre, and Headwater Learning Foundation and its partner research school, Calgary Academy. This initiative is focused on a highly innovative approach to education in which principles from neuroscience, education, and psychology are combined with artificial intelligence (AI) to generate individualized learner assessment profiles with granular accuracy. Such profiles will be combined with assessments of mental health in students. The goal is to develop tools that will enable educators to design optimal learning experiences for each student. These adaptive learning platforms will dynamically adjust content presentation, pacing, and assessment in real-time, and AI-driven analytics will enable continuous monitoring of student progress and the refinement of teaching strategies that result in optimal learning and well-being. This approach of “precision learning” integration will allow educators to unlock the full potential of every student, thus enhancing academic and social-emotional outcomes for lifelong thriving. 

This project will leverage opportunities for a prospective post-doctoral scientist related to the design and implementation of the research methodology, conducting quantitative data analysis, and working closely with provincial, national, and international research partners to achieve project aims. 

The Postdoctoral Scientist will be embedded within a large interdisciplinary team at the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education (Cumming School of Medicine), and at the Calgary Academy, where they will work with other researchers in the field, as well as educators. The co-supervisors are global leaders in child and youth mental health research and are committed to supporting an enriching learning opportunity for a post-doctoral scientist. There are also many other career development opportunities, including the mentoring and supervision of students and trainees in the field.


  • Required: Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in data science, neuroscience, psychology, social work, or related field
  • Experience with statistical analysis and interpretation of quantitative data
  • Experience in human subjects research, specifically with the child and adolescent populations 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication English skills 
  • Experience with knowledge translation activities including knowledge mobilization, and implementation science is an asset
  • Proven ability to work independently, manage competing deadlines and demands within a team setting
  • Ability to supervise/mentor students and research assistants 
  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative analysis and statistical software
  • Strong ability in professional writing for the purpose of presentation and publication

Application Details:

Individuals interested in this opportunity should submit in pdf format the following via email to Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos or Dr. Paul Arnold.

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Any relevant publications
  • Names and contact information of three references

The position is located in Calgary, Alberta. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified. We thank all applicants’ interests, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted for more information and invited to interview. 

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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