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Postdoctoral Fellow in Antimicrobial Stewardship Research

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Please refer to reference number PDFO-55185 when applying for this position.



The Postdoctoral 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. The Postdoctoral Fellow 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. 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 Postdoctoral 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 as CIHR 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., SAS, STATA, 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.


The 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



How to apply?

Please send applications to and refer to reference number PDFO-55185.

Desired start date: 15 Nov 2021
Duration: Fixed term / Temporary
Contract Type: Full Time