Postdoctoral Position in Division of Preventive Medicine

Division of PreventiveMedicin

Competition No.  -    A100644928
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Our Housing For Health Project is supported by a 5-year federal grant and encompasses several components: 1. Improving two housing developments and the surrounding neighbourhoods in Edmonton and Whitecourt, Alberta; 2. Multisector partnerships for improving built environment practices and policies for health; 3. Engagement of community residents in different Alberta communities to improve political supports and industry demand for healthier community environments; 4. Information dissemination activities such as an annual conference; and 5. Research and evaluation of the different components.

We are looking for a Post-Doctoral Fellow (PDF) to work on the following:

Lead the multi-sector partner-related and community engagement-related quantitative research and evaluation activities for the project including process and outcome evaluation research using surveys and/or other approaches. Research-related tasks will include survey and research design development, data collection, data analyses, manuscript preparation, and other project and research dissemination activities.

Work in partnership with other Housing for Health team members including the Partnership Coordinator and Community Engagement Coordinator, and other relevant stakeholders and partners to develop, plan and implement quantitative evaluations of partnership and community engagement activities.

Assist in supervision of graduate students.

Other responsibilities include: coordination and communications with the PI, Research and Evaluation Manager, other PDFs (e.g. qualitative partnership and community engagement PDF), and co-investigators; recruit, engage and communicate with project stakeholders and participants inclusive of a broad array of target audiences; engage and communicate with community residents and community-based stakeholders working with residents of varying ages and demographic groups; prepare ethics applications and reports as needed. The PDF may also assist in grant proposal writing.

The PDF will be required to have completed their PhD within the past 5-years in an area related to health science, public health, or equivalent, with experience in survey methods and quantitative analytic methods. Experience with community participatory research and processes, mixed methods research, systematic reviews, and the Delphi process are additional assets to the position. The PDF should have experience working with different stakeholder groups and professional sectors, and must have strong written and verbal communication skills, including experience working with and presenting to a variety of audiences. The applicant should be able to work independently and enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

PDF’s primary appointment will be at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB, Canada; however, the PDF may need to travel to other Alberta sites outside Edmonton for meetings or data collection as needed.

The PDFs salary is $50,000/year plus benefits. We have funding to support one full-time PDF annually, renewable for up to ~2 years. The PDF will be expected to apply for external fellowships (e.g. CIHR).

To Apply:

Forward your cover letter, CV, a relevant manuscript you have written as lead author, and names and contact information of three referees, to:
Dr. Jodie Stearns
Research and Evaluation Manager
Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta 5-30 University Terrace,
8303-112 St, Edmonton, AB T6G2T4 Canada
cc Karen Lee at

Please ensure you provide information in your materials regarding whether you are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, or your other Citizenship status.

Closing date:
Position open until filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

How to Apply


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.