Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Epidemiology

PH School of Public Health

Competition No.  -    A109147030
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

One Postdoctoral Fellowship position is available in the Epidemiological Methods for Equity Research to Generate Evidence (EMERGE) Research Lab in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, Canada. The applicant will work on a CIHR-funded project investigating the role of public health on adolescent health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fellow will work closely with Dr. Roman Pabayo (lead investigator of the EMERGE Research Lab) and Dr. Brendan Smith at Public Health Ontario (co-principal investigator).  

The EMERGE Research Lab conducts research on how various aspects of our social and economic environments impact our health. In particular, we investigate the relationship between social inequities, such as income inequality, structural racism, and the inequitable access to social goods, on health outcomes. Work in the EMERGE Research Lab involves advanced quantitative data analysis.

The Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) is being sought to conduct quantitative data analysis for an ongoing project related to the public health funding, services, and resources and adolescent health. The PDF will be an active member of the EMERGE Research Lab and will be involved in the development, implementation, and analysis of various research projects. For additional details regarding ongoing projects in the EMERGE Research lab and a list of recent publications, please visit

The PDF will work under the supervision of Dr. Roman Pabayo and be offered a supportive environment that emphasizes gaining and enhancing skills, thinking critically and innovatively, while working independently and within a team. The PDF will be exposed to a project involving adolescent health during the COVID-19 pandemic, and involves data analysis, interpretation of results, publication and knowledge translation.

Applicants should possess a PhD in epidemiology or related area (e.g., biostatistics, public health, demography, and other quantitative sciences). Candidates should have an excellent academic record, the beginning of a publication record, and a planned research program. In addition, strong writing and quantitative analysis skills are required (including experience with Stata, SAS, and/or SPSS), with demonstrated abilities in data linkage, data cleaning, and statistical analysis. Applicants should have experience and expertise with longitudinal analysis, such as multilevel modeling and survival analysis. Applicants should have a primary interest in social epidemiology, and social and health inequities.

This full-time position is available for a period of one-year (with possibility of renewal). The start date of the position is flexible. Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.

Interested applicants are also strongly encouraged to consider applying for a postdoctoral award such as the CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship.

To Apply:

Submit an electronic application consisting of a cover letter including a brief statement of research interests specific to the EMERGE Research Lab, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.

Please contact Dr. Pabayo ( for further information or visit the project website (

Closing date:

Position open until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately.

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

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.