Job ID: 29173

Updated: June 22, 2023

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Area: Health services research, patient and community engagement and education

Duration: 1-year

Start Date: September 1, 2023

Salary: 45,000 to 50,000 $CAD per year, plus Alberta Blue Cross health insurance benefits

The Department of Paediatrics  at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Health services research, patient and community engagement and education. This is a full-time, fixed term position for approximately one year. The period of employment may be extended depending on satisfactory performance and available funds.

The PDS will advance the science of patient engagement, through patient engagement research projects, including supporting the co-development of a curriculum for youth with living chronic condition to become patient partners in health research. This work will have an important role in developing capacity among children living with chronic conditions, supporting patient-oriented research (POR) at the national level. PDS supervision will be provided by Dr. Maria Santana, Cumming School of Medicine, Provincial Lead, Patient Engagement Team AbSPORU. This fellowship is embedded in a research program with extensive connections to local community partners and national research networks.  

Job Description:

We are seeking a motivated and hard-working postdoctoral scholar to lead an interdisciplinary research project to develop training course for youth to be engaged in health services research and work on patient engagement in health services research agenda. The successful candidate will work directly with researchers in the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine, Alberta SPORU SUPPORT Patient Engagement team and Continuing Education PaCER operations team. 

Reporting to the Primary Investigators (PI), Dr. Maria J Santana (Department of Paediatrics). The position requires independent analysis and research, within a team approach in a fast moving and changing environment, often involving multiple stakeholders. The PDS will contribute to refining the research questions and methods and will have the opportunity to lead a multi-pronged program of research to assess and development curriculum for patient research partners. Quantitative skills will apply statistical approaches to survey data analysis, and qualitative skills will draw focus groups and interview approaches. Research outcomes will inform the science of patient-oriented research (POR) and the development of a curriculum for youth living with chronic conditions to support them in becoming patient research partners.
In addition, the PDS will mentor junior students working on the project. The principal investigators will regularly review work to ensure quality and completeness and to advise on complex matters and to provide feedback.


  • Recent* PhD in health sciences, health services research, education, or a related field, completed within the last 5 years (or will be complete upon PDS start date)
  • High level of effective organizational, time management and personal initiative skills
  • Proven ability to design and complete research studies of complex issues
  • Experience with research software (STATA preferred, NVivo preferred) as well as Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially in scientific writing
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality publications and presentations
  • Understanding of experimental design and scientific process and evaluative and qualitative methodologies.
  • Strong track record of scholarly activities including publication of research findings in reputable peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations
  • Experience in applying for external grants and awards
  • Previous experience in the development of curriculum materials would be an asset
  • Previous experience in patient or community engagement would be an asset
  • Previous experience in working with measurement and evaluation and mixed methods approaches would be an asset
  • Must be able to work in a team environment and interact with diverse stakeholders
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal), including strong listening skills 
  • Strong organizational, time management and problem-solving skills, while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
  • Must be highly goal-driven and exhibit the ability to interact effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization
  • Able to work within a collaborative setting with others to set clear priorities while managing multiple timelines and objectives

Application Details:

This position is located in Calgary, Alberta. The successful candidate is expected to relocate if necessary, to begin work as soon as possible. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For full consideration, please submit your application on or before September 30, 2023, 11:59 PM MDT via email to and

Please submit your application as a single PDF file with the subject line: Postdoctoral application – [Your name]. All applications must include:

  • a brief cover letter including date of availability, suitability and motivation for the role, including your interest in this project, qualifications or related experience, general research/goals statement;
  • detailed curriculum vitae (CV); 
  • official or unofficial copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s); and
  • contact information including email addresses for three (3) references to support the application.

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information visit Careers at the Cumming School of Medicine..

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

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About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

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