Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Epidemiology

PH School of Public Health

Competition No.  -    A111849399
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

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. 

Location - North campus. This role is hybrid with a mix of remote and in person

Department summary

The University of Alberta School of Public Health, located in Edmonton, Alberta, integrates the strengths of faculty, staff, adjuncts and instructors involved in research, graduate education and various initiatives to engage communities. Ours is a non-departmentalized faculty made up of several administrative and academic groups, including our centres and research teams. Together, these groups work to fulfill our mission to create knowledge, educate public health professionals and to advance the public's health

Position summary

The Climate, Health, and Environment Epidemiology Research (CHEER) Lab at the University of Alberta is seeking a full-time postdoctoral fellow (PDF) in the area of epidemiology, climate change, and environmental health. The successful applicant will work on various projects investigating the impacts of climate change, air pollution, and other environmental exposures on a variety of health and social outcomes. This fellowship will provide the opportunity to contribute and lead various projects in the field of environmental epidemiology while working with and learning from collaborators across various disciplines.

The CHEER Lab is a highly interdisciplinary research group grounded in environmental epidemiology, with a research focus on climate change, air pollution, psychosocial health, and how these vary across traditionally underserved and higher risk populations. Our ongoing work often intersects with a variety of other fields and methods, including spatial analysis and health geography, biostatistics, surveillance, demography, and environmental science. 

The PDF will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Shelby Yamamoto and be provided with a supportive and collaborative research environment to further hone research skills and expertise, develop and share new research ideas, apply critical and creative thinking to address relevant public health issues, and acquire new skills experiences as a researcher. The PDF will work directly with the PI and Research Coordinator to provide leadership for CHEER research activities, as well as mentorship for graduate students and research assistants within the lab.

Compensation and Contract Length

The PDF position is full-time with a salary of $50,000 per annum, plus a benefits package. The position is until March 31, 2024 initially, with the possibility of extension. The successful applicant will also be supported in applying for additional external funding supports. 


  • Conduct quantitative analyses for a variety of epidemiology and environmental health-based research project
  • Lead and contribute to the drafting, revising, and submission of research manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Provide mentorship for graduate student trainees, undergraduate assistants, and other research staff
  • Support data management and other research activities within the lab
  • Contribute to the conception, development, and submission of research grants, including taking the lead on funding opportunities to develop a PDF research program
  • Prepare and present research findings at academic conferences, public meetings, and other venues (e.g., media outlets, online website and newsletter, meeting with stakeholders)
  • Provide additional research and administrative (e.g., budget management, liaising with research team) duties, as required 

Qualification, Knowledge, and Skills

  • Must hold a PhD or equivalent in epidemiology, biostatistics, or a related area (e.g., public health, demography, other quantitative sciences)
  • Excellent academic record with evidence of strong research and writing experience
  • Strong quantitative research skills in data use (e.g., cleaning, linking, visualizations) as well as epidemiological and biostatistical analysis methods (e.g., cross-sectional and longitudinal regression analyses, multilevel modelling, time-series analyses, ecological modelling).
  • Experience with commonly-used statistical programs (e.g., STATA, SAS, and/or SPSS)
  • Able to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities, quick turnaround, competing deadlines, and tight project timelines

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with spatial analysis and mapping software (e.g., GIS) considered an asset

How To Apply:

Resume and Cover letter as one PDF document. In your cover letter, please include a brief statement of research interests specific to the CHEER Lab

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.