Postdoctoral Fellow - Medicine

MED Medicine Department

Competition No.  -    A104449095
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

Location: This role is in-person and work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton.

This position is available for a period of 2 years and extendable to 3 years, subject to grant funding. This position offers a benefits package found at Postdoctoral Fellows Benefits.

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Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Position Summary

The Division of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta, is offering a postdoctoral position in the area of digital platform based prehabilitation in individuals with chronic disease. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be supervised by Dr. Puneeta Tandon and Dr. Margaret McNeely. Dr. Tandon is a Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry who carries out research in several areas, including cirrhosis, frailty and nutritional management in chronic disease. Dr. McNeely is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine with a vast experience in cancer rehabilitation. The successful candidate will work within a dynamic and leading team of multidisciplinary researchers with expertise in nutrition, behaviour change, implementation and digital technology.

Applications are invited from PhD graduates. This position is full-time, subject to performance, is available for a period of 2 years, and extendable to 3 years subject to grant funding. Applicants will be expected to apply for fellowships. The base salary is negotiable with a range starting at $70,000 CDN per annum. The successful candidate will receive university office space, use of appropriate computational services and full access to university libraries.


  • Be engaged in research full-time (1.0 FTE)
  • The coordination and delivery of both in-person and virtual exercise testing and training related to exercise-based research in cirrhosis and other chronic diseases
  • Develop and implement research and evaluation protocols and be responsible for day to day administrative functions of assigned research studies
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of specific interventions in relation to identified participant outcomes
  • Develop theoretically-rich manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Be able to work independently
  • Be able to supervise research assistants and summer students
  • Apply to local, provincial and national funding competitions

Minimum Qualifications

  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology: Certified Clinical Exercise Professional (CSEP-CEP) or equivalent
  • PhD (completed within the last 5 years)
  • Excellent time management skills and able to work in a self-directed manner within an interdisciplinary environment
  • Advanced ability to use statistical packages such as SPSS or STATA etc.
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially in scientific writing
  • Strong track record of scholarly activities including publication of research findings in reputable peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations
  • Experience in applying for external grants and awards

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working within Alberta Health Services is an asset
  • Experience working in a clinical setting with individuals with chronic disease is an asset
  • Experience in development and management of REDCap databases is an asset
  • Experience delivering exercise programming virtually in an eHealth environment is an asset
  • Experience in implementation science and digital technology interventions is an asset
  • Experience in coordination of randomized controlled trial interventions is an asset

How to Apply

A cover letter describing relevant research experience, qualifications, research interests and career goals. A sample of two relevant peer-reviewed publications. Contact information for three references to: Dr. Puneeta Tandon,

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.