5 Postdoctoral Positions at the University of Calgary, Canada

(1) Postdoc position-Oncology

Area: Real World Evidence Analytics 

Duration: one year with possibility of extension     

Start Date: As soon as possible.  

Salary: Minimum $50,000 per year plus benefits

The Department of Oncology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Real-World Evidence Analytics.  

Job Description: The postdoctoral fellow will focus on studies in the analysis of real-world data for cancer outcomes and methods for precision health analytics under the supervision of Drs. Winson Cheung, Professor and Lead for Health Services Research for Oncology in Alberta and Darren Brenner, Associate Professor and Armstrong Investigator in Molecular Cancer Epidemiology at the University of Calgary. Drs Cheung and Brenner are conducting studies focused on the application of novel methods to large datasets and electronic health records in cancer. Priority projects include the development and application of machine learning algorithms, natural language processing, development of risk prediction models and clinical decision support algorithms. Numerous opportunities exist for the successful candidate to contribute to multiple on-going and planned research studies, to develop their own area of research expertise, to publish and present scholarly work, and to obtain additional specialized training. 

This position will be located within the Department of Oncology, University of Calgary, the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health which have extensive resources and infrastructure to support research. In addition, this position has competitive remuneration and health benefits.

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(2) Postdoctoral Scholar, Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Area:          Head and Neck Health Services Research

Duration:   2 years 

Start Date   July 1, 2022

Salary:       $50,000 per year plus Alberta Blue Health Insurance Benefits

The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in Head and Neck Health Services Research.  

Job Description: The Ohlson Research Initiative (ORI) is focused on clinical effectiveness research that informs evidence-based care of patients with head and neck cancer. The ORI works in collaboration with the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, the O’Brien Institute of Public Health, and the Cumming School of Medicine (Departments of Surgery & Oncology). As a member of the ORI, under the supervision of Drs. Sauro & Dort, the postdoctoral scholar will perform research that ultimately improves the care and health of these patients. Within this role, the postdoctoral scholar will be encouraged and supported to build and strengthen their independent program of research. To this end, the successful applicant will be supported, and expected, to apply for external awards locally and nationally.

The primary purpose of this role is to conduct clinical effectiveness research in head and neck cancer. The postdoctoral scholar will advance the research portfolio of the ORI, specifically the health services research portfolio. The postdoctoral scholar will lead research, under the supervision of the Principal Investigators, which will include assisting with writing grant applications, completing ethics applications, conceptualizing and designing research studies, executing research studies and disseminating the findings (including writing manuscripts and presenting findings to stakeholders). Given the ORI is founded on principles of collaboration and multidisciplinary research the postdoctoral scholar will also liaise with all relevant stakeholders throughout the research process.

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(3) Postdoctoral Scholar, Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine

Area:         Radon, KT and public health                     

Duration:   2 Years

Start Date:  September 1st 2022 or later 

Salary:       $60,000/year plus Benefits

The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute and Department of Oncology at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar Position in public health and knowledge translation on the unintended consequences of COVID-19 on radon exposure.

Job Description:

We have a position for postdoctoral training in public health, KT and radon gas exposure. The postdoctoral scholar will examine the unintended consequences of COVID-19-related public health measures on Canadians’ exposure to carcinogenic radon gas. This post-doctoral scholar position would be under the co-supervision and mentorship of Dr. Cheryl Peters, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology and Senior Scientist for Cancer Prevention at the BCCDC/BC Cancer, and Dr. Aaron Goodarzi, Associate Professor in Oncology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Both Dr. Peters and Goodarzi are members of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, and the scholar would work alongside the study teams leading CAREX Canada and Evict Radon (details below).

The hypothesis of our CIHR-funded study is that lung injuries from COVID-19 pneumonia will, as is the case for comparably less damaging typical pneumonia(s), increase lung cancer risk in people who do not smoke and make them more susceptible to the negative effects of radon exposure. As radon exposures are also rising, this produces the highly undesirable scenario of heightened lung cancer susceptibility with greater causative exposure, all as a wider health consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation will disproportionately impact those who are experiencing disability – already a marginalized group – even more.

We are experts in environmental exposure science, leading the Evict Radon (Dr. Goodarzi) and Carcinogen Exposure (CAREX) Canada (Dr. Peters) projects that have coupled strong knowledge translation outcomes with large databases of lung cancer-causing radon gas exposure in Canada. The candidate will have the opportunity to be a fully integrated member of both of these teams, interacting with staff and students across the projects and contributing to other relevant cancer prevention initiatives as they relate to the candidate’s expertise and interests.

The responsibilities of the Postdoctoral scholar include (but may not be limited to):

  • Leading of survey design and implementation activities, data analysis, and preparation of reports and publications;
  • Assisting in the design, writing and submission of research ethics applications to local research ethics boards.
  • Applying for independent post-doctoral fellowship opportunities in collaboration with Dr. Peters and Goodarzi, as opportunities arise.
  • Knowledge translation activities including stakeholder engagement, design and implementation of knowledge translation efforts (including organizing webinars and creating and sharing tailored data and knowledge products to stakeholders (e.g. by working with knowledge brokers to create policy recommendations, creating policy briefs), and leading scientific publications;
  • Supervision of trainee program staff, and potential contribution to undergraduate and graduate student mentorship;
  • Pursuit of scholarly activities as applicable to the Postdoctoral Scholar’s areas of expertise (e.g., contributing to future grant development, collaborating on manuscripts and relevant projects, undergoing pertinent professional development activities).
  • Speaking about this work in academic and public forums, as opportunities arise.
  • Engaging with stakeholder groups including but not limited to advisory groups of Canadians experiencing disability (and their caregivers).
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(4) Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiac Sciences and Radiology, Cumming School of Medicine

Area:          Personalized Diagnostic Program (PDP)

Duration:   One year, with possibility of renewal

Start Date:  Immediate

Salary:       55,000 CAD per year, plus Alberta Blue Cross Plan C Health Insurance Benefits

The Department of Cardiac Sciences and Radiology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Personalized Diagnaostics Program (PDP) at the Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre.

Job Description:

The Personalized Diagnostics Program (PDP) at the Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre is a leading academic program of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute, University of Calgary, located at the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Our dynamic research team is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral scholars with experience in machine learning and medical diagnostics to support a multi-year strategic expansion of our AI-focused program in patient-specific risk modelling. This work is supported by grant funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and leverages established large-scale data resources of the Cardiovascular Imaging Registry of Calgary (CIROC).

The Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre is one of the largest cardiac imaging clinical programs in North America, benefiting from 2 dedicated facilities performing over 4,000 cardiac MRI studies per year. The PDP was launched in 2015 to engage patients in facilitating the collection of diagnostic testing and multi-domain electronic health data for the delivery of novel clinical decision support interventions. Through established partnerships with the departments of biomedical engineering and computer science at the University of Calgary and Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (amii.ca) the PDP leverages value from the CIROC Registry, an initiative providing access to over 25,000 cardiac MRI studies, 12,000 cardiac CT studies and matched longitudinally to electronic health information inclusive of patient-reported measures of health.

We are recruiting for several funded postdoctoral scholarship positions to expand our team’s efforts exploring machine learning based methodologies to solve clinically impactful questions in cardiovascular medicine. Successful candidates will require in-depth experience in computer programming, machine learning (inclusive of deep learning) as well as foundational knowledge in bioinformatics. Background experience in cardiovascular datasets and / or electronic health record data is an asset but is not required.


  • PhD-degree completion (including PhD thesis defense and final PhD submission) in the field of medical / biomedical sciences, computer science, or natural sciences with focus on machine learning, bioinformatics, or biomedical engineering. Thesis / dissertation must be approved prior to appointment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer programming (e.g., Python, C/C++) and candidates are encouraged to provide relevant links to prior publicly viewable work (e.g., Github profile).
  • Experience in machine learning (including deep learning) with high degree of comfort with common platforms (scikit-learn, PyTorch, Keras, Tensor Flow, scikit-image, MATLAB, ITK-SNAP, FreeSurfer, R)
  • Experience with Python and Linux bash scripting as well as data analytic toolsets, such as R, SciPy/NumPy
  • Basic knowledge of code management such as git
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both machine learning and medical researchers
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(5) Post-Doctoral Scholar in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cumming School of Medicine

Position Description

Area: Medical Genetics/Genomics/C.elegans

Duration: One year with possibility of extension

Start Date: Negotiable

Salary: Negotiable plus Plan C Extended Benefits 

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Cuming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar focused on understanding genomic causes that render essential genes non-essential using a model organism, C. elegans.

Job Description: 

The available position is part of the multidisciplinary research program in the Tarailo-Graovac group which combines Caenorhabditis elegans genomics, bioinformatics and traditional molecular genetics approaches to understand which variation in a DNA manifests as a disease/lethality, and genome context (ie. genetic modifiers) that render essential genes non-essential. We utilize C. elegans model organism and its strains isolated across the Globe, whole genome sequencing, transcriptome sequencing and CRISPR/Cas9 knock-out and knock-in methods to better understand the plasticity of essentiality. 

We are looking for a creative and highly motivated research scholar with strong interest in deciphering complex genetic interaction networks and genetic modifiers of essential genes in different genetic backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have expertise in C. elegans molecular techniques, interest in genetic modifier networks, and passion for translational genomics.

Work Performed:

  • Keeping up-to-date with scientific advances (e.g. relevant literature review, scientific meetings)
  • Designing projects and experiments 
  • Utilizing CRISPR/Cas9 procedures in C. elegans to assess DNA changes in essential genes in various genetic backgrounds
  • Compiling, analyzing and interpreting diverse sets of data (e.g. phenomics, genomics, transcriptomics)
  • Writing study reports, manuscripts
  • Communicating results: conference presentations, collaborators nationally and internationally
  • Validating bioinformatics discoveries experimentally 
  • Providing supervision and mentorship to graduate and undergraduate students
  • Reporting to Dr. Tarailo-Graovac and the team on the progress during regular individual and lab meetings
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