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Post Doctoral Scholar, Department of Psychiatry, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 27352

Updated: November 7, 2022

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Area: Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program

Duration: One year with possibility of extension 

Start Date: April 2023

Salary: $50,000 per annum plus benefits 

The Department of Psychiatry in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in Youth and Adolescent Eating Disorders.

Job Description:

A post-doctoral scientist position is available as part of a large youth mental health research program under the co-supervision of Drs. Gina Dimitropoulos and Scott Patten at the University of Calgary.

Focusing on child and adolescent eating disorders, our program of research spans multiple areas including treatment development, validating existing evidence-based treatments, the epidemiology and health outcomes of individuals with eating disorders, as well as the neurobiological impacts of restrictive eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa. Since its inception in 2017, our research program has grown to over 15 studies with a focus on growing the evidence base on eating disorders at the national and international levels. Our program is also built on the collaboration of local, national, and international researchers, clinicians, healthcare decision-makers, and policy makers with the aim of developing and strengthening existing treatments and services to better support people with eating disorders and their families. For a prospective post-doctoral associate, there is the opportunity to be involved in numerous research activities including working with large administrative health datasets, conducting systematic reviews, facilitating knowledge translation activities, and implementing individual and family engagement strategies.

The successful candidate will be embedded within a large interdisciplinary team at the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education (Cumming School of Medicine), and the Alberta Children’s Research Institute where they will work with other researchers in the field to advance current knowledge on eating disorders. Both co-supervisors are leaders in research on eating disorders, youth mental health, epidemiology, and implementation science, and are committed to supporting an enriching learning opportunity for a post-doctoral fellow. There are also many other career development opportunities, including the mentoring and supervision of students and trainees in the field.

Qualifications:

  • Required: Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in medical science, nursing, psychology, social work, or related field
  • Experience with statistical analysis of quantitative data
  • Experience in clinical research, specifically with patient/youth and family engagement work
  • Excellent verbal and written communication English skills
  • Working knowledge of patient-oriented research an asset
  • Experience with knowledge translation activities including knowledge mobilization, implementation science an asset
  • Proven ability to work independently, manage competing deadlines and demands within a team setting
  • Ability to supervise/mentor students and research assistants
  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative analysis, statistical software
  • Strong ability in professional writing for the purpose of presentation and publication

Application details:  
Individuals interested in this opportunity should submit in pdf format the following via email to Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos at [email protected] or Dr. Scott Patten at [email protected]

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Any relevant publications
  • Names and contact information of three references

The position is located in Calgary, Alberta. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified. We thank all applicants’ interests, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted for more information and invited to interview.

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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