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Sorry, the application deadline for this position was 7/6/2020

Reference Number: 000001308
Posted Date: 3/27/2020
Closing Date: 7/6/2020

Department: LTRI
Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

POSITION TITLE  Post-doctoral Fellow
EMPLOYMENT TYPE  Temporary Full Time
HOURS OF WORK  37.5 hours per week
REPORTS TO  Principal Investigator

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Systematic Review/Advanced Meta-analysis at University of Toronto/McMaster University

Recent new research funds from a Canada Research Chair position and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grants have become available for a post-doctoral position jointly hosted in the University of Toronto’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and McMaster University’s Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI, formerly Clinical Epidemiology), to lead perinatal meta-analyses including advanced techniques in systematic review, meta-analysis and network meta-analysis to improve the health of women and infants. This position includes flexibility of location to allow work in Toronto up to 4 days per week, with one day per week in Hamilton.

The university of Toronto is among the world’s top universities. Only an hour’s drive from both downtown Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake, McMaster University resides in the heart of Southern Ontario. Hamilton is a beautiful and vibrant city with stunning natural sites, a thriving arts & culinary scene, and a rich history to explore. McMaster, home to the world-renowned Department of Clinical Epidemiology (HEI), the Cochrane Canada Centre and the GRADE approach. HEI has a vibrant series of rounds and educational opportunities. Among over 18,000 universities, McMaster ranked in the top 1% of the World Universities Rankings. McMaster is Canada’s most research-intensive university, with a total research income of $379,900,000 (2017), averaging $434,700 per faculty member – more than double the national average!

The successful candidate will be jointly supervised in a vibrant, collaborative environment by two perinatal clinical epidemiologists and high-risk obstetricians: Dr. Kellie Murphy, Professor and Vice Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research, University of Toronto and Head of Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Dr. Sarah McDonald, Professor, McMaster University, holder of a prestigious Canada Research Chair. We seek highly motivated applicants having a Ph.D. in (Bio)Statistics, Clinical Epidemiology, or very closely-related field, who are enthusiastic and able to work both as part of a team and independently.  Research experience in medicine, particularly obstetrics or neonatology, is an asset.

Primary responsibilities involve designing and executing cohort studies and complimentary systematic review and/or meta-analyses and network meta-analyses in perinatology, analyzing data using statistical packages (e.g., R, SAS, WinBUGS/JAGS) and co-authoring manuscripts. Opportunities include collaborations with other departments, centres, provinces and internationally, and gaining experience writing research grants and supervising students. Work will involve application of advanced meta-analytic methods including both conventional and network meta-analysis, examining maternal and infant outcomes. The position is tailored to the applicant’s career goals.

The appointment will be for 1-3 years dependent on candidate goals, fit and productivity. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

Interested applicants should email (Subject: “PDF in systematic review advanced/meta-analysis”) each of the following, numbered and titled per italics below (Only complete applications will be considered):

  1. curriculum vitae, including complete list of all publications, separately a list of publications in non-predatory journals, grant funding, and awards, month/year of start and completion of degrees and current position (or, please indicate if currently unaffiliated)
  2. letter (expressing why you are interested and career goals),
  3. transcripts (for each degree, notarized, translated into English, as necessary)
  4. course descriptions and duration (for all statistical/epidemiological courses, including #hours),
  5. publications (3 key English ones),
  6. references (names, titles, both email and telephone #)
  7. within your email, please include:
    1. where you saw this posting
    2. year and month you began and ended your PhD (or indicate “no PhD”, but medial degree with Masters degree)
    3. a table showing # peer-reviewed English publications on which you are (full text only in non-predatory journals; not abstracts):

-First author

-Senior/last author

-Co-author (except senior/last)

  1. Amount (currency, total) of peer-reviewed funding as:

-Principal Investigator



Dr. Sarah McDonald

Canada Research Chair


Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Radiology, and Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact
McMaster University


Mrs. Leah Macdonald


Posting open until July 6, 2020. We thank all candidates for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contact Name: Dr. Sarah McDonald
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: Email
Contact Fax: Email


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