Post-doctoral Position in Meta-analysis in Perinatology

McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences

Recent new research funds from a Canada Research Chair position have become available for a post-doctoral position at McMaster University in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology /Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, to work in perinatal meta-analysis including advanced techniques in meta-analysis and network meta-analysis to improve the health of women and infants. 

The successful candidate will be co-supervised in a vibrant, collaborative environment by Dr. Sarah McDonald, a perinatal clinical epidemiologist and high risk obstetrician and Dr. Joseph Beyene, an academic biostatistician and Co-Convenor of the Cochrane Statistical Methods Group (SMG).  Work will involve perinatal clinical epidemiology on cohort studies and application of advanced meta-analytic methods including both conventional as well as network meta-analysis, examining both maternal and infant outcomes. Opportunities include collaborations with teams in other departments, centres, provinces and internationally. 

We are seeking highly motivated applicants who have a Ph.D. in (Bio)Statistics, Clinical Epidemiology, or a very closely-related field. The applicant should be enthusiastic and motivated.  Experience in research in medicine, particularly in obstetrics, neonatology or perinatology would be an asset. Being able to work as part of a team as well as independently with direction are important skills. 

The primary responsibilities of this position involve designing and carrying out cohort studies and complimentary meta-analyses and network meta-analyses in perinatology, analyzing data using statistical packages, such as R, SAS and WinBUGS/JAGS, co-authoring and submitting manuscripts. 

Other opportunities will include gaining experience with writing research grants and the supervision of students. The position will be tailored to the applicant’s career goals. 

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

Interested applicants should send: 1) their curriculum vitae, 2) along with a letter expressing why they are interested in this position, 3) copies of all their transcripts (notarized translated if necessary), 4) for all statistical or epidemiological courses a course description and course duration, 5) copies of  three key publications on which they have been an author (first or co-author), 6) a complete list of publications in the cv, 7) the names and contact information for three references by email (please include PDF in perinatal meta-analysis in the Subject) and 8) what website they saw this posting on, to: 

Dr. Sarah McDonald
Canada Research Chair
Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Radiology, and Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics
McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, room 3N52B; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1;


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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