Postdoctoral Fellowship in Antimicrobial Stewardship Research

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A postdoctoral fellowship is available at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The successful applicant will become a member of the Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation or CORE at UBC—an academic research group whose mission is to improve health‐care related outcomes through the application of the best in research, education and practice enhancement strategies. The Fellow will work under the supervision of Dr Fawziah Lalji, a Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her program of research focuses on the use of antibiotics at the population level as well as appropriateness of use. Within CORE, there are a host of other post-doctoral fellows, PhD and undergraduate students whom the fellow can interact with on a daily basis.

The successful candidate will be involved in an exciting British Columbia-Ontario collaboration on a project involving appropriateness of antimicrobial use, a study funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). This work uses large administrative health datasets, requiring strengths in biostatistics and epidemiology. The Fellow will be conducting data management and analysis, interpretation, and presentation of findings (publications, reports, presentations). There will also be opportunities to expand or explore applications to health economics and economic evaluation. The successful candidate will also help to mentor and supervise graduate students who are working on this (or related) project(s).

This full-time position is available for a period of one year, starting as soon as possible, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, contingent on satisfactory performance and funding availability. The fellow will be expected to seek external postdoctoral funding through sources such asCIHR and MSFHR. The yearly salary ranges between $55,000-65,000, dependent on qualifications and experience, with some extended health benefits, university office space, use of appropriate computational services, and full access to university libraries.


  • PhD or PhD-equivalent in epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research, or a related field
  • Experience with using a variety of statistical software (e.g., SASSTATA, R) and in advanced multivariable modeling techniques.
  • A high level of proficiency in statistical analyses with large administrative health datasets is essential
  • A background in vaccine epidemiology is an asset
  • Strong competencies in MS Office software
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated abilities as a team player
  • Ability to independently organize workload, set goals and work effectively towards deadlines

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Prepare detailed analytic plans
  • Prepare data for analysis (e.g. cleaning, linking, and recoding)
  • Establish/manage data files and undertake metadata documentation
  • Analyze data using basic and advanced statistical methods such as multivariable, multilevel, and time series approaches
  • Data visualization (e.g. generating tables, graphs, and charts) for publication and presentation
  • Interpret and clearly communicate results verbally and in writing
  • Write and edit methodological and statistical content for manuscripts and abstracts
  • Assist with grant writing

Based in CORE, the Fellow will have a unique opportunity to be supervised and mentored by leading researchers, clinicians, and policy makers with expertise in methods, immunization-related research, and large dataset-related research. The research environment at CORE will provide opportunities for the successful applicant to be become involved in multiple projects, integrate data from these projects to address novel questions, and take a leadership role on specific projects.

Preferred start date is as soon as possible but is negotiable, and the position will remain open until filled. Please send a curriculum vitae (4 pages maximum), a cover letter describing your research experience and most significant research accomplishments, a statement of your research interests, and the contact information for three referees via email to:

Dr. Fawziah Lalji
Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of British Columbia
Email: [email protected]

This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus.

Please refer to reference number NC-54304 during correspondence about this position.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

About UBC
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

About UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences work at the exciting and ever-expanding edges of the field of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. This includes conducting precedent-setting research with real and tangible impact in areas such as discovering and developing new drugs, improving the quality of patient care and treatment outcomes, and developing the practice of pharmacy. Ranked #18 worldwide and #2 in Canada (2020 QS World University Rankings, Pharmacy & Pharmacology) the Faculty’s research focuses on four themes: health outcomes, molecular & systems pharmacology, nanomedicine, and pharmacy education.

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