Free open Job in North, South & Central America Post-doctoral Fellowship in Advanced Meta-analysis in Perinatology at 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 at McMaster University in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) (formerly Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics), to lead perinatal meta-analyses including advanced techniques in meta-analysis and network meta-analysis to improve the health of women and infants. 

The successful candidate will be supervised in a vibrant, collaborative environment by Dr. Sarah McDonald, holder of the prestigious Canada Research Chair, a perinatal clinical epidemiologist and high-risk obstetrician. Work will involve application of advanced meta-analytic methods including both conventional and network meta-analysis, examining both maternal and infant outcomes. Opportunities include collaborations with teams in other departments, centres, provinces and internationally. McMaster University, home to the Cochrane Canada Centre and the GRADE approach, is a world-leader in Knowledge Synthesis.

We are seeking highly motivated applicants who have a Ph.D. in (Bio)Statistics, Clinical Epidemiology, or a very closely-related field. The applicant should be enthusiastic, motivated, and be able to work as part of a team as well as independently. Experience in research in medicine, particularly in obstetrics or neonatology is an asset. 

Primary responsibilities involve designing and carrying out cohort studies and complimentary meta-analyses and network meta-analyses in perinatology, analyzing data using statistical packages (e.g., R, SAS, WinBUGS/JAGS), co-authoring and submitting manuscripts. Other opportunities include gaining experience writing research grants and student supervision. The position will be tailored to the applicant’s career goals.

The appointment will be for 1-3 years dependent on the candidate’s goals, qualifications, fit and productivity. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. McMaster University is a recognized and internationally ranked research and educational institution, and HEI is particularly renowned with a vibrant series of rounds and other educational opportunities.

Interested applicants should email (Subject: “PDF in perinatal advanced meta-analysis”) each of the following, numbered and titled as per the italics below (applications that do not include all of the numbered components will not be able to be considered):   

    1. CV (curriculum vitae), including complete list of all publications, separately a list of publications in non-predatory journals, grant funding, and awards, including month/year of start and completion of degrees and current position (if currently unemployed and looking for work, please indicate this)
    2. letter (expressing why you are interested and your 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, on which you are first or co-author),
    6. references (names, titles, both email and telephone #)
    7. within your email, please include:
      1. where you saw this posting
      2. year of your PhD (or indicate “no PhD”)
      3. a table showing # of peer-reviewed English publications on which you are (full text only in non-predatory journals; not abstracts) as:
  • First author
  • Senior/last author
  • Co-author (except senior/last)

Amount (currency & total) of peer-reviewed funding as:

  • Principal Investigator
  • Co-Investigator


Dr. Sarah McDonald
Canada Research Chair
Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Radiology, and Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact
McMaster University


Applications will continue to be processed until the position is filled. We thank all applicants, but only those selected for interview will be contacted.


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