Postdoctoral Fellow to Support Provincial Seniors Health and Continuing Care

MED Medicine Department

Competition No.  -    A100151401
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.


The Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the Provincial Seniors Health and Continuing Care (PSHCC), Alberta Health Services, under the supervision of Dr. Adrian Wagg, Scientific Director.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute significantly to the successful conduct of multiple activities prioritized by the Scientific Office of the Provincial Seniors Health and Continuing Care. In consultation with the supervisor, the Postdoctoral Fellow will lead the design and implementation of knowledge synthesis and translation activities related to the strategic directions of the Integrated Provincial Team. Activities will include a diverse set of experiences, not limited to systematic/scoping reviews on identified content areas, management of a rapid review project, participation in quality indicator selection and definition, and primary data collection projects on prioritized health and/or aging topics. The former will include communication with traditional collaborators, while the latter will necessitate communication with the public and community, social, and health service stakeholders. The successful applicant will assist in refining evaluative frameworks and supporting the development and conduct of applied research sub-projects. The Postdoctoral Fellow will actively contribute to the development of manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications as well as diverse dissemination media, and participate in the adjudication of applications to competitions aligned with strategic directions. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also assist with general operations as needed, and engage in professional development opportunities as relevant and interested. The training environment will provide a diverse set of experiences. Working with colleagues at University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and Alberta Health Services, the successful applicant will be exposed to research leaders and multi-professional teams in an innovative health service delivery setting.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A PhD in a health-related field (completed in the past 5yrs), with preference given to expertise in gerontology and/or knowledge translation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in conducting knowledge synthesis activities such as systematic reviews, scoping reviews and/or rapid reviews
  • Experience conducting critical appraisals
  • Strong time and tasks management skills, to manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Experience applying for and maintaining research ethics board approvals
  • Familiarity with reference management software
  • Experience in lay summary writing and social media considered an asset
  • The ability to work productively in a self-directed manner as well as collaboratively within a virtual research team

To Apply:

Please email your application package as a single pdf file to Dr. Heather Hanson, Assistant Scientific Director, Provincial Seniors Health and Continuing Care. Your application package should include:

  • A cover letter summarizing your interest in the position, relevant experience, and description of how this training will contribute to your career goals
  • Curriculum vitae¬†
  • Two writing samples (published or unpublished) of related peer-reviewed publications, including an explanation of your role in the work

Location: Calgary/Edmonton, Alberta (negotiable)

Start date: Immediate

Duration: 1-yr

Salary: $50,000 CDN per year

Closing date: Position open until filled

Benefits overview:

Contact Information:

Dr. Heather Hanson

Assistant Scientific Director, Provincial Seniors Health and Continuing Care

Alberta Health Services


Telephone: 403-944-5407

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.