Postdoctoral Fellow - TREC


Competition No.  -    A102345051
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Position Summary

Applicants are invited to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) research program situated at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. TREC is a multi-disciplinary group of 60+ pan-Canadian and international researchers, clinicians, citizen representatives, and healthcare decision makers who conduct research on nursing home quality care and knowledge translation. TREC maintains a world-class and unique repository of survey, clinical, and administrative healthcare use records that define a range of nursing home work environment, clinical, and broader healthcare system use factors. Data can also be linked to multiple clinical trials designed to enhance nursing home care and resident quality of life. TREC is hosted at the University of Alberta with research nodes in Manitoba, British Columbia and Atlantic Canada. Additional information about the TREC research program is available at the following URL:

Working under the direction of Dr Carole Estabrooks (TREC Scientific Director) and Dr Yuting Song (TREC investigator), the successful applicant will work on a CIHR-funded project focused on understanding how and why missed care (care left undone or delayed) occurs among care aides (nursing assistants, personal support workers) in long-term care homes. There are several important outcomes of this project. First, we will address important knowledge gaps regarding factors associated with missed care. Second, we will produce a list of potential strategies to reduce missed care, which will directly inform the development of an intervention to reduce missed care in nursing homes. This project is the first of a series of studies and will lead to a) co-designing interventions with care aides, b) exploring the feasibility of and pilot testing the interventions, and c) implementing a fully powered randomized clinical trial. The overarching goal of this program is to effectively reduce missed care for nursing home residents by developing, spreading, and sustaining co-designed interventions and strategies tested in clinical trials.

This full-time position is available for a period of one year with a possible one-year renewal, contingent on satisfactory performance and continued funding. The Fellow will receive an annual salary of $50,000-$60,000, dependent on qualifications and experience, with some extended health benefits, university office space, use of appropriate computational services, and full access to university libraries.

This position will be physically located at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. Additional collaborative opportunities are also available through the TREC scientific and stakeholder groups situated in provincial governments, regional health authorities, knowledge users, and citizen groups. The candidate will be expected to attend relevant team meetings and scientific conferences.


  • PhD in sociology, health services research, nursing, or a related field.
  • Experience in LTC settings (nursing homes) is a definite asset and/or experience in settings where care if provided to older adults, e.g., with dementia, and the workforce is primarily unregulated (e.g., care aides, PSWs, orderlies)
  • Demonstrated proficiency conducting analysis using qualitative methods is required.
  • Proficiency with qualitative software products (e.g., NVIVO) is a definite asset.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Outstanding and demonstrated skills writing for peer reviewed publications.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with stakeholders, staff in LTC homes.
  • Ability to work with a high degree of independence and initiative.
  • Ability to make and adhere to project timelines.

 Duties and Responsibilities

  • This postdoctoral fellow will collaborate with TREC researchers in leading the work on the “How Missed Care Occurs in Nursing Homes: A Qualitative Study of Care Aides’ Perspectives” CIHR-funded project.
  • The postdoctoral fellow will implement the project timeline, lead data collection and analyses, support/lead the writing of scientific papers, and produce end-of-grant knowledge translation reports for care aides and long-term care home managers, etc.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit their application: (1) a detailed cover letter describing how the candidate’s background and previous training fit the qualifications of the position and their ability to meet the duties and responsibilities outlined, (2) the cover letter should reflect some familiarity with the TREC program, (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) the contact information of 3 academic references to:

Dr Carole A Estabrooks

Closing Date: While we would ideally like this position to be filled and active in the summer of 2021, this position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. A first round of interviews will be completed by mid June.

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

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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.