Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatric Enteric Infections, Department of Pediatrics - University of Calgary

CLOSING DATE: November 18, 2018


JOB #: 13167

POSTED: October 18, 2018


Position Description

Area:           Pediatric Enteric Infections  
Duration:    2-Year Position 
Start date:  January 2019 
Salary:        $55,000/year

The Sections of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Pediatric Enteric Infections.

Job Description:
The Sections of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary are accepting applications for an Eyes High Post-Doctoral Scholar position focused on studying acute enteric (i.e. vomiting and diarrhea) infections in children. The position is funded by the University’s Eyes High rising stars strategy, which targets the highest caliber candidates with track records that are competitive for national/international fellowships.  This 2-year position must commence in 2019 and includes a stipend of $55,000/year plus health benefits. Pediatric Emergency Medicine trained physicians are eligible to apply and may earn supplementary income through a limited amount of clinical work.

The successful candidate would join Dr. Stephen Freedman’s extensive clinical laboratory which focuses on the prospective collection of data and specimens and the conduct of cohort and clinical trial studies in children with acute gastroenteritis.  The team’s activities over the past decade have brought pediatric AGE into the spotlight and have altered clinical practice. The team is supported by many funding agencies (e.g. CIHR; AIHS) to support the work of large multi-disciplinary translational research teams.
The team is committed to training a postdoctoral scholar (PDS) and the recruitment of one with interests in public health, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, or epidemiology will dramatically enhance our ability to achieve our goals. The PDS will focus on analyzing a databased that includes clinical and biological data from 4500 children with gastroenteritis and controls. Data generated will be analyzed to define the epidemiology of disease and will guide high-level evaluations of: 1) future norovirus immunization program; and 2) comprehensive provincial enteric pathogen identification strategy. Our translational team offers an outstanding training environment allowing the PDS to work with a team committed to providing a bench to bedside to policy experience enabling the PDS to see their work lead to an evidence-based, economically efficient, patient-centred, provincial AGE management plan.

The PDS will bring significant epidemiologic expertise to our team which includes over 20 of virologist, microbiologists, pediatric, public health, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, and infectious disease experts. Strength in epidemiology will facilitate the analysis of the vast amount of data currently being collected. Our team will focus on educating the fellow on the basics of translational enteric disease research, the scientific processes employed, and the ability to conduct clinical studies to test hypotheses.

Our work targets an infection (AGE) which results in >500,000 deaths/year in children <5 years of age. It is building the foundation for work involving the impact of probiotic administration on the microbiome and how AGE episodes may be at the core of future chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. By partnering with individuals with microbiome expertise we seek to analyze a huge stool specimen repository that has been assembled (approximately 10,000 specimens, from well and sick children) to evaluate the role the microbiome plays in the development of autoimmune (e.g. diabetes, celiac, IBD) and other (e.g. autism) diseases.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to choose which specific research area to pursue, as best fits their career goals.

  • Trainees will be expected to have demonstrated excellence evidenced by recent publications, and will receive training in techniques that compliment and extend their current expertise.
  • Trainees must have the ability to work both independently and as a team member, and should possess excellent written and spoken communication skills.
How to Apply: 


Application details: 
The call for applicants will be open until November 15, 2018. To apply, please send a cover letter with statement of research experience and interests, and CV with names of three references, with the subject line “Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar Position” to:

Stephen Freedman, MDCM, MSc
Alberta Children’s Hospital, rm C4-634
2888 Shaganappi Trail, NW
Calgary, AB, Canada, T3B 6A8

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