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Sorry, the application deadline for this position was 2/21/2024

Reference Number: 000001922
Posted Date: 1/31/2024
Closing Date: 2/21/2024

Department: LTRI
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

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


Position Summary:
Applications are invited for this joint postdoctoral fellowship position at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Sinai Health and CAMH. The successful candidate will join the Pregnancy Biomarkers and Early Brain Development component of the Ontario Birth Study (OBS), with co-supervision from Dr. Rayjean Hung in the Prosserman Centre for Population Health Research, Associate Director of Population Health of the Sinai Health, and Dr. Robert Levitan, Professor of Psychiatry and Physiology at CAMH.

This work is based on a well–established longitudinal birth cohort, the Ontario Birth Study, that begins in early pregnancy and follows the respective children with systematic yearly assessments postnatally. The pregnancy biomarkers include maternal inflammatory measures and indices of tryptophan metabolism, both of which have established links with fetal brain development. The primary outcomes include executive functioning, cognitive flexibility, episodic memory and neurodevelopment.

One postdoctoral fellowship is immediately available to join the Ontario Birth Study group to lead statistical analyses linking pregnancy biomarkers with various developmental outcomes and trajectories linked to children’s cognitive functions. The successful candidate will develop their own line of research and hypothesis testing based on OBS data while helping ongoing OBS researchers with longitudinal data-analytical approaches. The ability to analyze multivariate longitudinal data including repeated measurements of individual children is a key element of this work. The position will initially be for one year with the possibility of a one-year renewal.



This fellowship is suitable for candidates who have a Ph.D. in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, or relevant fields. Significant experience with quantitative research including advanced analytical skills for longitudinal multivariate data, a well-developed ability of statistical programming using R or STATA are required.  Evidence of prior research productivity and programming experience in additional languages (Python, etc) is an asset.



The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI) of Sinai Health System is one of the Canada’s leading biomedical research institutes. In LTRI, the Prosserman Centre for Population Health Research includes a group of multi-disciplinary scientists specialized in quantitative research of complex diseases.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s leading mental health research facility. CAMH offers a highly enriched environment for young researchers with many opportunities for collaboration and learning, including a very well-developed educational program for research trainees. CAMH aims to revolutionize the understanding of the brain and the understanding, prevention, and treatment of all mental disorders over the lifespan.


How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three references to the following Interfolio site: http://apply.interfolio.com/139934

Application deadline is on April 1, 2024.

We thank all those expressed interests.  Only candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted.



If this role is in a laboratory environment, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute’s Safety Requirements include:

  • Maintain personal certifications as required by Safety Office
  • Maintain the lab’s Safety requirements as required by Safety Office
  • Maintain current lab-specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) - including work with hazardous chemicals and biological agents, hazardous waste disposal, etc.
  • Maintain the lab’s chemical Inventory
  • Responsible for training the lab members on lab-specific procedures, weekly eye wash checks

In accordance with Institute’s policy and legislated health and safety requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials, completion of a health review, and demonstrating proof of immunity and vaccination status of vaccine-preventable diseases. All employees and affiliates will follow safe work practices and comply with health and safety policies, procedures, and training. Successful candidates will be required to provide two (2) written reference letters from their former employer(s)/supervisor(s).

A recent Provincial Directive mandates all employees of public hospitals in Ontario to be either fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be regularly tested. All new employees joining Sinai Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and be on track toward full vaccination within six (6) weeks; participating in mandatory twice weekly Rapid Antigen Testing Program until fully vaccinated. There are very limited circumstances in which approval will be given for a medical exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

We are a fully committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Sinai Health community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance.

The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute is a scent sensitive environment, and all members of the community are expected to refrain from wearing or using scented products while visiting or working at the Institute. We also support a barrier-free workplace supported by the Institute’s accessibility plan, accommodation and disability management policies and procedures. Should you require accommodation at any point during the recruitment process, including accessible job postings, please contact the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Human Resources Department.



Posting open until April 1, 2024. We thank all candidates for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contact Name: Apply through Interfolio
Contact Email: http://apply.interfolio.com/139934
... applications accepted via external service.
Contact Phone: Online


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