University of Calgary

Postdoctoral Scholar, Paediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine

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Job ID: 23911

Updated: September 15, 2021

Location: Foothills Campus

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Position Description

Area: Paediatric Brain Neuroimaging Research

Duration: 1 year (potentially renewable)

Start Date: Early 2022 or negotiable

Salary: $50,000 per annum (plus benefits)

The Departments of Paediatrics in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Paediatric Brain Neuroimaging Research.

Dr. Adam Kirton is a Professor of Pediatrics, Radiology, and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary. Dr. Helen Carlson is a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. We have extensive experience in researching brain neuroplasticity in children with perinatal stroke through multimodal neuroimaging.

The postdoctoral scholar will work with Drs. Kirton and Carlson to study both typically developing children and those with perinatal stroke and examine links between brain development, motor function and cognition as part of a project grant funded by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, medical sciences, or other relevant discipline, and experience with MR image processing, analysis, statistics and coding.


  • Co-develop and refine research questions and methods within the project parameters
  • Actively seek additional, external funding opportunities at local, provincial and national levels
  • Actively contribute to the development of peer-reviewed publications related to the studies undertaken as part of the PDS appointment
  • Perform MR image processing and statistical analysis
  • Develop a graphical user interface for a clinical dashboard application
  • Contribute to broader team efforts aligned with candidate expertise including opportunities to participate in related studies and the teaching and mentorship of junior learners
  • Qualifications:

  • PhD in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, medical sciences, or other relevant discipline
  • Experience in MR imaging and analysis techniques in one or more of structural morphometry, diffusion tensor imaging, resting state functional connectivity, or task-based functional imaging
  • Coding experience in Python, Matlab or related applications
  • Experience with experimental design and statistical analysis (R, SPSS or Jamovi)
  • High level of effective organizational, time management and personal initiative skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially in scientific wri
  • Strong track record of scholarly activities including publication of research findings in reputable peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations
  • Experience in applying for external grants and awards
  • Application Materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of interest (maximum two pages)
  • List of two references (reference letters will be required for final decisions)
  • Two writing samples (published or unpublished) that best exemplify your scholarly work, along with an explanation of your role in each sample
  • Application materials and questions can be sent to [email protected] The PDS will be affiliated with the University of Calgary, the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI), and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI). ACHRI brings together over 180 inter-disciplinary scientists to find new ways of understanding and treating child behavioural, emotional, cognitive, and physical health.

    Additional information:
    The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary as well as eligibility criteria, visit our Postdocs website.

    About the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program
    Stroke and cerebrovascular diseases are an increasingly recognized cause of brain injury in newborns and children. Most suffer adverse neurological outcomes that affect many aspects of child and family quality of life and last for decades. The Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program (CPSP) provides children with cerebrovascular disease and their families with state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, and support while providing the opportunity to participate in leading clinical research initiatives. Since its establishment at the Alberta Children's Hospital in 2007, the CPSP has enrolled >500 children locally and established multiple new clinical and research programs. Our ultimate goal is to improve outcomes from stroke for children and their families.

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