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Postdoctoral Scholar in Departments of Community Health Sciences and Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 20425

Updated: July 15, 2020

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area:          Cumming School of Medicine, Epidemiology

Duration:   Two years with the possibility of extension

Salary:       $55,000/year plus Plan C health benefits

Applications are being accepted for a Postdoctoral Scholar who will be affiliated with the Departments 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 Research within CancerControl Alberta at Alberta Health Services.

Job Description:

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be supervised by Dr. Miranda Fidler-Benaoudia and will undertake research investigating the long-term effects of having cancer as a child, adolescent or young adult (before 40 years age). Immediate research projects include using the Alberta Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivor Study, a cohort of nearly 25,000 cancer survivors originally diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 39 years, to assess premature mortality, subsequent primary neoplasms, chronic health conditions, reproductive health, and patient-reported outcomes. All projects will involve using large administrative health databases, including the Discharge Abstract Database, National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, Physician Claims, Alberta Perinatal Health Program, and ARIA radiotherapy and chemotherapy information systems.
 
The successful candidate will work on a variety of cancer epidemiologic research studies. Independent judgment, attention to detail, 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 making 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
  • Performing literature reviews as required
As part of ongoing development, the Postdoctoral Scholar will also have access to weekly and monthly 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. Postdoctoral scholarships and conference attendance will also be supported.

Qualifications:

  • 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
  • Close attention to details

Preference will be given to those candidates with two or more years’ experience in a research setting, experience using administrative health databases, and/or who have undertaken analyses at Statistics Canada’s Research Data Centres.

Application Details:

Individuals interested in this challenging and rewarding opportunity in a growth-oriented organization should submit a curriculum vita, first author manuscript writing sample (article PDF or confidential draft), and the names of three references to [email protected] .

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. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone. For more information visit research.ucalgary.ca/postdocs.

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

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 professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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