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Postdoctoral Scholar, Simulation in Clinical Social Work Practice and Education

Job ID: 22605

Updated: April 7, 2021

Location: Main Campus

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, Region III.

Position Description

Area:            Simulation in Clinical Social Work Practice and Education    
Duration:      2 years 
Start date:   September 2021
Salary:         $55,000 CAD per year, plus $5,000 CAD Research Support, and University of Calgary Plan C Health Insurance Benefits

The Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Simulation in Clinical Social Work Practice and Education. This full-time fixed term position is for two years, to begin on or about September 1st, 2021.

Job Description
We are seeking a talented and motivated postdoctoral scholar to design and implement research that explores the use of simulated client scenarios for use in teaching and research for social work practice.  
Simulation-based learning (SBL) is an immersive technique wherein conditions are created that enact the experience of a ‘real life’ scenario for the purpose of training and/or assessment of identified skills. Simulated Client Scenarios (SCS) have already been tested using objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), which are simulation-based opportunities commonly used to assess student knowledge and clinical skills in fields such as medical education, nursing, and social work. Research on the use of simulation in education has shown to SBL to have additional benefits through the discovery of vicarious learning. Simulations can be offered in a range of modalities, from live encounters (in-person, or online) to virtual, pre-recorded material that can be interacted with in a range of ways.   

The successful candidate will build a program of research with: 1) coordination and supervision of projects using simulation in either teaching approaches or research on clinical skill development; 2) contribution and collaboration on projects related to the use of simulation in interprofessional practice and education; 3) development of interdisciplinary approaches to the use of simulation with an intersectional lens that considers issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in case scenarios and methodologies. This position is expected to contribute to existing projects and expand research in the areas of focus through the development of complementary research proposals 

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Angelique Jenney, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor and Wood’s Homes Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health at the Faculty of Social Work.   


  • Recent PhD*or professional health degree (e.g., MD) in a relevant social science discipline (e.g., social work, counselling or clinical psychology; nursing); 
  • outstanding academic record and evidence of scientific productivity; 
  • excellent written, analytical, and oral communication skills. 

*Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines before submitting your application. 

Application details 
Preliminary inquiries by e-mail are welcome. Please contact Dr. Jenney directly at if you have questions or interest in applying for this position.

Please submit your application as a single PDF on or before 11:59 MDT Friday June 25, 2021 via email to Dr. Angelique Jenney, Associate Professor at [email protected].

All applications must include:

  • letter of interest describing how your research experience, qualifications, research interests and career goals fit with this position 
  • a current curriculum vitae (CV);
  • copies (unofficial is ok) of diplomas/university certificates; 
  • Sample of up to three (3) related peer-reviewed publications; and,
  • two (2) letters of recommendation including contact information from references to support your application.

More information about the Faculty of Social Work can be found on our website 

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 Faculty of Social Work visit Careers in the Faculty of Social Work.

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