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 in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), to lead perinatal meta-analyses including advanced techniques in meta-analysis and network meta-analysis to improve the health of women and infants. 

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 Cochrane Canada Centre and the GRADE approach, is a world-leader in Knowledge Synthesis; HEI is particularly renowned with 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 supervised in a vibrant, collaborative environment by Dr. Sarah McDonald, holder of a prestigious Canada Research Chair, a perinatal clinical epidemiologist and high-risk obstetrician. 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 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 perinatal 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 of your PhD (or indicate “no PhD”)
    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)

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

We thank all applicants, only those selected for interview will be contacted.