Free open Job in North, South & Central America Post-doctoral Fellowship in Perinatal Mental Health Research at McMaster University

Recent new research funds from a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant and a Canada Research Chair position 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 undertake perinatal mental health research, including in observational and interventional studies. This postdoctoral fellowship will enable fellows to extend knowledge in their research areas, conduct successful interdisciplinary research projects, enhance writing and communication skills and establish new collaborative networks. 

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 a high-risk obstetrician. She works closely with academic and clinical psychologists in the field of maternal weight gain during pregnancy. There are several foci of ongoing research including in mood disorders and eating disorders. Experience with mood disorders, cognitive behavioural therapy, eating disorders or research pertaining to these would be important. 

We are seeking highly motivated applicants with a PhD in Psychology with either clinical experience or research involving human subjects. The applicant should be able to work as part of a team as well as independently, and be enthusiastic about data to tackle the high dimensionality of complex relationships between patient characteristics, & repeated measures to examine maternal and infant outcomes. Opportunities include collaborations with teams in other departments, centres, provinces and internationally. 

The appointment will be for 1 year with the possibility of extension for up to 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 mental health research”) each of the following:

  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
  2. letter (expressing why you are interested and your career goals),
  3. transcripts (for each degree, and if necessary, notarized & translated into English)
  4. course descriptions and duration for all statistical/epidemiological courses, including #hours,
  5. publications (up to 3 key English ones, on which you are first or co-author),
  6. references (including your PhD supervisor, names, titles and both email and telephone #)
  7. within your email, please include:
    1. Amount (currency & total) of peer-reviewed funding as:
      1. Principal Investigator
      2. Co-Investigator
    2. # of peer-reviewed English publications (full text only in non-predatory journals; not abstracts) on which you are:
      1. First author
      2. Senior/last author
      3. Co-author (except senior/last)
    3. # of peer-reviewed English publications (full text, in predatory journals; not abstracts) on which you are:
      1. First author
      2. Senior/last author
      3. Co-author (except senior/last) 

to: Dr. Sarah McDonald
Canada Research Chair
Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Radiology, and Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact
McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, room 3N52B; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1; Email:

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


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