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Postdoctoral Scholarship, Health Policy, School of Public Policy

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Job ID: 14595

Updated: March 16, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Area: Health Policy                            
Duration: 1 year (renewable subject to funding)          
Start Date: February 1, 2018
Annual Stipend: $50-55,000          

The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar (PDS) in Health Policy, with a focus on primary and elder care.

Job Description:

The PDS will lead research at the intersection of social, health, and technology policy.  PDS supervision will be provided by Dr. Myles Leslie, the SPP’s Associate Director of Research with additional internal mentorship from Drs PG Forest and Jennifer Zwicker, and external mentorship from Dr. Rita Henderson at the Cumming School of Medicine.   There are two research projects at the heart of the PDS opportunity: one focused on primary care delivery models, and the other looking at policy to support informal eldercare providers.  The former project seeks to better understand how the ‘patient medical home’ concept is being operationalized on the front lines of primary care in western Canada.  The latter project explores how technology might support the family and friends who provide the majority of care to Canada’s increasingly large cohort of elders.

Rigorous policy review, analysis of policy-in-action, and in-depth qualitative research with both primary care providers and informal caregivers are central to the success of these projects.

PDS responsibilities

•               Leading the design and implementation of multiple projects simultaneously

•               Overseeing and implementing documentary, qualitative, and quantitative data collection, data analysis, data interpretation and reporting

•               Conducting systematic reviews and analyses of policy documents

•               Producing initial drafts of manuscripts for publication in appropriate scientific journals

•               Leading and collaborating to establish project work plans

•               Maintaining data documentation/management, storage and destruction in accordance with ethics protocols, and other relevant privacy policies/guidelines

•               Writing, independently, project progress reports that disseminate and transfer knowledge to both internal and external stakeholders

•               Taking responsibility for communicating with project team and ensuring that project deliverables are met and timelines are attained

•               Representing the research team at external meetings and acts as an ambassador of the project

•               Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with stakeholders, external partners, and participants.

•               Provide leadership and mentorship at weekly team meeting, including supervision of trainees and support staff

•               Being involved in budget development that may include, but is not limited to, report writing, expense tracking, and account reconciliation

•               Undertake additional training as needed


Must hold a doctoral degree in public policy, community health science, public health, sociology, health science, or other relevant fields completed within the last 4 years (or will be complete upon PDS start date)

•               Experience and interest in working on primary care, and aging and family caregivers as topics.

•              Applied knowledge of and experience with qualitative research methodologies (e.g. documentary analysis, ethnographic observations and interviews, focus groups) and reviews (e.g. systematic reviews, scoping reviews, meta-synthesis)

•               Five years of experience in social science, community health science, and/or public health scholarship.

•               Experience with research software (NVivo preferred) as well as Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and reference managers (Endnote preferred)

•               Experience with mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) approaches to applied research looking at the forms and impacts of law, regulation, or policy in the field.

•               Experience retrieving and critically appraising published and unpublished literature

•               Functional knowledge and experience with research ethics, and grant application submission documents and processes. 

•               Experience in project planning, execution, reporting, continuous improvement, monitoring and evaluation

•               Ability to work independently as part of a multi-disciplinary team while managing multiple priorities and meeting deadlines.

•               Advanced written and oral communication skills

•               Demonstrated ability to foster complex relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders

•               Conflict management expertise focusing on group dynamics and diverse priorities

•               Experience in applying for external grants and awards

Application details: 

Required application materials include:

•               Statement of interest (limit 1 page) summarizing your relevant experience, career goals, and description of how postdoc training will contribute to these goals

•               Curriculum Vitae

•               List of two (2) references (reference letters will be required for final decisions)

•               Two (2) writing samples (published or unpublished) that best exemplify your scholarly work, along with an explanation of your role in each sample.

Application materials should be sent by email to Dr. Myles Leslie:

Applications will be considered until the position is filled

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website.

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