Research Fellow


Advanced Protein Technology Centre

Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2023

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Child Health Evaluative Sciences with a focus on prenatal exposures and cardiometabolic health of mothers and infants.

We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to join a research team dedicated to reducing the burden of morbidity and mortality in mothers and infants. The position involves working with large administrative health databases, both within and outside of Canada, to identify risk factors in the pre-conception and perinatal period that contribute to adverse maternal and infant outcomes.

This position is full time under the supervision of Dr. Sonia Grandi, Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences Program, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

The focus of the work will be to use administrative health data, primarily data held at ICES, to examine preconception and prenatal exposures to medications and lifestyle variables and their influence on maternal morbidity and mortality, with a focus on cardiometabolic health in mothers, infants, and children. Methodological work pertaining to the use of administrative health data for clinical research will also be explored as part of this fellowship. This position will take place at the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program of the Research Institute of The Hospital for Sick Children. The fellow will work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at SickKids, University of Toronto, and various institutes across Canada and abroad including experts in perinatal epidemiology, biostatistics, obstetrics, pediatrics, health services research, and cardiovascular epidemiology. The fellow will be responsible for the conception and drafting of protocols, data analysis, and drafting of manuscripts and presentations. The fellow will have the opportunity to mentor junior members on the team and to collaborate and contribute to other ongoing projects. Research training and career development will be available through the Research Training Centre at SickKids and University of Toronto.

The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute is committed to the integration of equity, diversity, and inclusion into the day-to-day operations of the SickKids Research Institute. We therefore encourage applications from underrepresented groups in Canada, including but limited to, ethnic minority groups, Indigenous people, disabled or neurodiverse individuals, and 2SLGBTQIA+ people.

When applying to the position, please include a cover letter outlining your motivation to work with this group, your relevant experience, and a brief description of your long-term career goals and how this position will help to facilitate these goals. Please also provide a list of two references (1 of which should be the PhD supervisor), and a list of 3 potential research ideas to pursue during the fellowship. This is a 1-year full-time position (35 hours/week) with the possibility to extend to 2-3 years. The start date is flexible, but ideally the candidate would begin in Spring/Summer 2023.