Free open Job in North, South & Central America Post-doctoral Fellowship in Perinatal Predictive Modeling 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 in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI, formerly Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics), to develop and apply novel, advanced analytic methodology to build, validate and apply novel predictive models of complex biological processes to study maternal and neonatal diseases to improve the health of women and infants. 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 peer networks while aiming 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 a high-risk obstetrician. 

We are seeking highly motivated applicants with a Ph.D. in (Bio)Statistics, Computer Science, Clinical Epidemiology, or related field. Superlative programming (SAS/R) and communication skills are required. The applicant should be able to work as part of a team as well as independently, and be enthusiastic about working with real or simulated large perinatal data sets to tackle the high dimensionality of complex relationships between patient characteristics, biomarkers, & repeated measures to examine maternal and infant outcomes. Experience in obstetrics or neonatology is an asset. 

Primary responsibilities involve designing and carrying out predictive modeling studies, analyzing data, supervising students, gaining experience writing publications and research grants. The position is tailored to the applicant’s career goals.

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

Interested applicants should email (Subject: “PDF in perinatal predictive modeling”) each of the following, numbered and titled as per the 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, including month/year of start and completion of degrees and your current position (if currently unemployed and looking for work, please indicate this)
  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 and 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 an interview will be contacted.


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