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Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiac Sciences and Radiology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 25056

Updated: May 18, 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:          Personalized Diagnostic Program (PDP)

Duration:   One year, with possibility of renewal

Start Date:  Immediate

Salary:       55,000 CAD per year, plus Alberta Blue Cross Plan C Health Insurance Benefits

The Department of Cardiac Sciences and Radiology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Personalized Diagnaostics Program (PDP) at the Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre.

Job Description:

The Personalized Diagnostics Program (PDP) at the Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre is a leading academic program of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute, University of Calgary, located at the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Our dynamic research team is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral scholars with experience in machine learning and medical diagnostics to support a multi-year strategic expansion of our AI-focused program in patient-specific risk modelling. This work is supported by grant funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and leverages established large-scale data resources of the Cardiovascular Imaging Registry of Calgary (CIROC).

The Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre is one of the largest cardiac imaging clinical programs in North America, benefiting from 2 dedicated facilities performing over 4,000 cardiac MRI studies per year. The PDP was launched in 2015 to engage patients in facilitating the collection of diagnostic testing and multi-domain electronic health data for the delivery of novel clinical decision support interventions. Through established partnerships with the departments of biomedical engineering and computer science at the University of Calgary and Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (amii.ca) the PDP leverages value from the CIROC Registry, an initiative providing access to over 25,000 cardiac MRI studies, 12,000 cardiac CT studies and matched longitudinally to electronic health information inclusive of patient-reported measures of health.

We are recruiting for several funded postdoctoral scholarship positions to expand our team’s efforts exploring machine learning based methodologies to solve clinically impactful questions in cardiovascular medicine. Successful candidates will require in-depth experience in computer programming, machine learning (inclusive of deep learning) as well as foundational knowledge in bioinformatics. Background experience in cardiovascular datasets and / or electronic health record data is an asset but is not required.

Qualifications:

  • PhD-degree completion (including PhD thesis defense and final PhD submission) in the field of medical / biomedical sciences, computer science, or natural sciences with focus on machine learning, bioinformatics, or biomedical engineering. Thesis / dissertation must be approved prior to appointment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer programming (e.g., Python, C/C++) and candidates are encouraged to provide relevant links to prior publicly viewable work (e.g., Github profile).
  • Experience in machine learning (including deep learning) with high degree of comfort with common platforms (scikit-learn, PyTorch, Keras, Tensor Flow, scikit-image, MATLAB, ITK-SNAP, FreeSurfer, R)
  • Experience with Python and Linux bash scripting as well as data analytic toolsets, such as R, SciPy/NumPy
  • Basic knowledge of code management such as git
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both machine learning and medical researchers

* Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Application details:  

To apply, please submit your application via email as a single PDF file with the subject line: Postdoctoral Application – (Your Name) to Carrie Smart

Application Materials:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement of interest related to data science postdoc opportunity above
  • (eventually) Contact information for three references

Review of the applicants will begin immediately. We thank all applicants’ interests, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted for more information and invited to interview. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.

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 about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

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