Postdoc Position - University of Alberta

Translating Research in Elder Care

Position summary

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position within the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) research program. Located at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, TREC ( is a multi-disciplinary pan-Canadian and international group of researchers, clinicians, nursing home resident representatives, and healthcare decision makers who conduct research on nursing home quality of care and knowledge translation. TREC maintains a world-class and unique repository of survey, clinical, and administrative healthcare use records that define a range of nursing home work environment, clinical, and broader healthcare system use factors. Data can also be linked to multiple clinical trials designed to enhance nursing home care and resident quality of life. 

Working under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Knopp-Sihota, Associate Professor and TREC Investigator, the successful applicant will work on projects associated with improving the quality of life and clinical care of nursing home residents. Current projects include: (1) a CIHR funded pain scale development project in which we aim to improve and evaluate an observational pain assessment scale for nursing home residents with dementias; (2) a polypharmacy and deprescribing intervention study; and (3) a study aimed at reducing dementia behaviours using non-pharmacological approaches. Additional collaborative opportunities are also available through the TREC scientific team (e.g., the fellow will attend bi-annual national scientific meetings and present research findings at academic conferences).


  • PhD or PhD-equivalent in health services research, public health sciences, epidemiology, sociology, nursing, biostatistics, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated productivity with peer-reviewed publications 
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • An ability to work with a high degree of independence and initiative.
  • Proficiency using large administrative health datasets using various software products (e.g., SAS, SPSS, etc.) is an asset.
  • Experience with and interest in the nursing home sector or with older adults are definite assets

Duties and responsibilities

  • The fellow will work with Dr. Knopp-Sihota on one of the above three current projects - planning, coordination and execution of research activities, including (but not limited to) protocol development, writing grant applications, manuscript preparation, and knowledge dissemination. Research project selection will be negotiated based on the applicant’s interest/expertise and project needs.


1 - 3 years


  • $50,000 / year with some extended health benefits, university office space, use of appropriate computational services and full access to university libraries.

Interested candidates can submit their application consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 2 recent publications and contact information for two academic references to:

Dr. Jennifer Knopp-Sihota, NP, PhD

Tel: +1-780-435-0925

Closing Date: The position will remain open until filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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