Postdoctoral Scholar , Health Research & Policy, School of Public Policy and Faculty of Social Work
University of Calgary
Calgary, Canada
2d ago

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.

Responsibilities :

  • Refine research questions and methods according to their expertise and interest within the project parameters
  • Lead the design and implementation of at least two of the sub-studies in the above-described research program
  • Actively seek additional, external funding opportunities at local, provincial and national levels
  • Actively contribute to the development of peer-reviewed publications related to the studies undertaken as part of the PDS appointment
  • Provide leadership on knowledge translation activities
  • Provide leadership and mentorship at weekly research team meeting, including supervision of trainees and support staff
  • Undertake additional training
  • 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).

    Qualifications :

  • PhD in health sciences or social sciences, health services research, or a related field, completed within the last 5 years (or will be complete upon PDS start date)
  • High level of effective organizational, time management and personal initiative skills
  • Proven ability to design and complete research studies of complex issues
  • Experience with research software, whether statistical (STATA or SPSS preferred) and / or qualitative (NVivo preferred) as well as Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially in scientific writing
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality publications and presentations
  • Understanding of experimental design and scientific process and evaluative and qualitative methodologies.
  • Strong track record of scholarly activities including publication of research findings in reputable peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations
  • Experience in applying for external grants and awards
  • Previous experience in the study of child health or disability or medical / psychosocial complexity would be an asset
  • Previous experience in working with administrative data or large datasets would be an asset
  • Previous experience in the study of integrated service delivery or care pathways would be an asset
  • Application Details :

  • 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.
  • 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

    Eligibility Criteria

  • There are no citizenship restrictions.
  • The Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholarship is offered to NEW postdoctoral scholars who are external to the University of Calgary.
  • PDS currently working or whose latest degree was completed, or is in progress at the University of Calgary, are not eligible.

  • The date of degree completion is used to determine the eligibility of applicants. In accordance with the University's regulations this is the date when the applicant has completed all the steps required to obtain their PhD, including successful defense and submission of the corrected final thesis.
  • 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.

    Additional Information

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

    For more information about the Faculty of Social Work visit .

    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.

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