Postdoctoral Position In Innovative Clinical Trials


Competition No.  -    A100845214
Closing Date  -    Jan 02, 2022

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta is accepting applications for a postdoctoral position intended for a PhD trained individual interested in leading the implementation science component of an innovative clinical trial. The fellowship has been made available by the support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation through the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute.

The fellowship will occur within a funded, multi-site cluster randomized controlled trial taking place in 8 pediatric emergency departments across Canada. The trial entails collaboration between administrative and clinical leadership within the four emergency departments allocated to provide a new pathway for mental health care. The postdoctoral fellow will work alongside the trial’s co-principal investigators to oversee a mixed-methods evaluation of pathway implementation across the four emergency departments. The position will involve leading a qualitative study informed by seminal implementation science theories to understand barriers, constraints, and enablers of pathway implementation. The fellow will also use findings from each site’s quality improvement efforts during pathway implementation to help interpret qualitative findings. Finally, the fellow will have opportunities to enhance academic writing and communication skills and establish new professional and peer collaborations from across the country.

The successful candidate will be co-mentored by Dr. Amanda Newton, a clinician scientist and professor of pediatrics at the University of Alberta, and Dr. Stephen Freedman, a professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at the University of Calgary. 

Qualifications and Skills:

Candidates must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Completed a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology, Psychology, Pediatrics, Nursing, or related field from an accredited academic program
  • Advanced skills in qualitative research methods (data collection and analysis)
  • Basic skills in epidemiology and statistics
  • Formal training or coursework in implementation science
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills and be comfortable collaborating with a range of health care professionals

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Clinical and/or research experience in children’s mental health care and/or pediatric emergency care
  • Experience in clinical trials
  • Experience with using qualitative data analysis software 
  • Excellent scientific writing and verbal skills in English

Contract Details:

  • Duration: The appointment will be for 3 years. 
  • Stipend: The annual stipend offered is $55,000 per annum plus supplemental benefits and cost-of-living increases in years 2 and 3. The fellow will also have access to professional development funds for supervisor-approved project and conference related activities. Opportunities for the fellow to apply for additional salary support (e.g., Canadian Institutes of Health Research) will be explored. For details on pay and supplemental benefits, as well as other resources for postdoctoral fellows at the University of Alberta, please see: 
  • Applications:

Interested candidates should submit:

  1. A cover letter detailing why you are interested in the fellowship, experience related to the fellowship responsibilities above, and career goals.
  2. An up-to-date CV (curriculum vitae) that includes a list of all training experiences, grant and/or training funding, awards, and publications. Please include the month/year of start and completion of all degrees and your current position.
  3. Transcripts (for each degree, notarized, translated into English, as necessary)
  4. A letter of recommendation from your current supervisor or doctoral supervisor 

Applications should be sent in full by email to, Dr. Amanda Newton ( with the subject title "Application for Postdoctoral Position in Innovative Clinical Trials".

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

Position Start Date: September 1, 2021

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

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

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.