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Post-doctoral Fellowship in Systematic Review/Advanced Meta-analysis

McMaster University

Location: Hamilton - Canada
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th October 2020
Expires: 6th December 2020

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, formerly Clinical Epidemiology), to lead perinatal meta-analyses including advanced techniques in systematic review, meta-analysis and network meta-analysis to improve the health of women and infants.   

Only an hour’s drive from both downtown Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake, McMaster University resides in the heart of Southern Ontario. Hamilton is a beautiful and vibrant city with stunning natural sites, a thriving arts & culinary scene, and a rich history to explore. McMaster, home to the world-renowned Department of Clinical Epidemiology (HEI), the Cochrane Canada Centre and the GRADE approach. HEI has 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! 

The successful candidate will be jointly 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. We seek 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 and executing cohort studies and complimentary systematic review and/or meta-analyses and network meta-analyses in perinatology, analyzing data using statistical packages (e.g., R, SAS, WinBUGS/JAGS) and co-authoring manuscripts. Opportunities include collaborations with other departments, centres, provinces and internationally, and gaining experience writing research grants and supervising students. Work will involve application of advanced meta-analytic methods including both conventional and network meta-analysis, examining maternal and infant outcomes. The position is tailored to the applicant’s career goals. 

The appointment will be for 1-3 years dependent on candidate goals, fit and productivity. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.  

Interested applicants should email (Subject: “PDF in systematic review advanced/meta-analysis”) each of the following, numbered and titled per italics below (Only complete applications will be considered):  

  • 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 and current position (or, please indicate if currently unaffiliated) 
  • letter (expressing why you are interested and career goals),  
  • transcripts (for each degree, notarized, translated into English, as necessary)  
  • course descriptions and duration (for all statistical/epidemiological courses, including #hours),  
  • publications (3 key English ones),  
  • references (names, titles, both email and telephone #)  
  • within your email, please include: 
  • Where you saw this posting 
  • For each degree: 
  • Degree name 
  • Start month/year 
  • End month/year 
  • Thesis title 
  • Description of research experience detailing tasks for which you were solely responsible 
  • a table showing # peer-reviewed English publications on which you are (full text only in non-predatory journals; not abstracts):
    • 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  


Mrs. Leah Macdonald 

We thank all applicants, only those selected for interview will be contacted. 

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