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. 

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. Work will involve application of advanced meta-analytic methods including both conventional and network meta-analysis, examining maternal and infant outcomes. Opportunities include collaborations with other departments, centres, provinces and internationally. McMaster University, 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

We are seeking 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, carrying out 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. 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 candidate goals, qualifications, 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 the italics below (applications not including all 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, month/year of start and completion of degrees, current position (or, please indicate if currently unaffiliated)
  2. letter (expressing why you are interested, 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 # peer-reviewed English publications on which you are (full text only in non-predatory journals; not abstracts):
      1. First author
      2. Senior/last author
      3. Co-author (except senior/last)
    4. Amount (currency, total) of peer-reviewed funding as:
      1. Principal Investigator
      2. Co-Investigator


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

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


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