Area : Health Research & Policy
Duration : Two years
Start Date : Late 2018 / Early 2019
Salary : $55000 per annum (plus benefits)
The School of Public Policy and the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar (PDS) inHealth Research & Policy.
The PDS will lead research to examine family use of services across sectors for youth and adults at risk of, or with, neurodevelopmental disability (NDD).
Fragmented service delivery negatively impacts health outcomes, family functioning and quality of life, and often leads to inappropriate and inefficient healthcare and other service utilization.
Care coordination for persons with NDD is an identified need, but evidence of its impact on quality of life outcomes and healthcare costs is lacking, which in turn impedes the scale and spread of programs.
Focused research questions to address these needs will be developed collaboratively with the PDS. PDS supervision will be provided by : (1) Dr.
Jennifer Zwicker, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Director of Health Policy, School of Public Policy and (2) Dr. David Nicholas, Professor in the Faculty of Social Work.
This position is embedded in a research program with extensive connections to local community partners and national research networks (Kids Brain Health Network).
Job Description :
The position requires independent analysis and research, within a team approach in a fast moving and changing environment, often involving multiple stakeholders.
The PDS will contribute to refining the research questions and methods, and will have the opportunity to lead a multi-pronged program of research using a mixed methods approach to assess family use of services across sectors for youth and adults at risk of, or with, NDD.
Quantitative analysis will apply statistical and health economic approaches to administrative data and primary data collection.
Qualitative data collection and analysis of interviews with parents and other key informants will build skillsets, and highlight further application and scale of findings.
Research outcomes will inform policy development for service navigation and utilization for youth and adults with NDD and their families.
Opportunities for applied training is available, related to statistical methods, qualitative inquiry and stakeholder engagement, policy analysis, grant writing, student supervision, knowledge translation of clinical research into practice and policy and multi-
stakeholder collaboration with a range of investigators (policy analysts, epidemiologists, psychologists, qualitative researchers, legal analysts, statisticians and health service agencies).
Application Details :
This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), benefits-eligible, two year appointment. For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at the University of Calgary, please see
PDS currently working or whose latest degree was completed, or is in progress at the University of Calgary, are not eligible.
It is not the convocation date.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
The PDS will be affiliated with the University of Calgary School of Public Policy and Faculty of Social Work.
The School of Public Policy is an institute at the University of Calgary located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 2008, the school is devoted to public policy research and education, and is led by Dr.
PG Forest. Located at the University of Calgary’s downtown campus, it is home to over 60 full-time or part-time faculty and fellows.
The school is organized into three policy areas : Economic and Social Policy, Energy and Environmental Policy, and International Policy.
The Faculty of Social Work is the largest school of social work in Canada, and is consistently ranked among the top 15 schools in research across North America.
The Faculty of Social Work offers a rich array of substantive and methodological expertise, including faculty and student access across Alberta via a province-
wide model of education. Drs. Zwicker and Nicholas offer a strong background of research intensity and extensive funding from Tri-
Council and other national and provincial research funders.
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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. .
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 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.
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.