Job summary The Digital Health Innovation Lab (DHIL) at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR) is seeking a full-time postdoctoral fellow, for an appointment of 2 years, to take a significant role within a new Perioperative Opioid Usage Quality Improvement project.

The project’s aim is to combine patient-oriented research approaches with machine-learning to improve treatment of post-surgical pain in children and adults.

Most people addicted to opioids were initially exposed through the treatment of pain from trauma and/or surgery.

Over the next two years, we plan to develop a system that will: firstly, risk-stratify children and adults before surgery, so that the time before surgery can be used to optimize the patient’s health to reduce persistent post-procedural pain; and, secondly, give clinicians actionable feedback on their practice, so they can improve their care, reduce their patients’ risk further, and help their patients recover more quickly from their procedure.

We are looking for a highly motivated, self-driven, and engaged candidate with experience and interest in big data, machine learning, predictive analytics, and/or population epidemiology to lead the data science and analytics component of our project, as well guiding tool evaluation in a clinical setting.

The position is available to trained individual with a desire to embrace the complexity of clinical research and to build technology-based solutions to improve the safety and quality of patients’ care.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate technical expertise, be able to collaborate with clinicians, patients, academic researchers, and industry partners, and have a keen interest in exploring advanced design, implementation, and evaluation skills.

Organizational status The DHIL is a collaboration between the University of British Columbia Departments of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The Principal Investigator is Dr Matthias Görges, who is based on the BC Children’s Hospital campus. Study co-investigators are based at St Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver.

The majority of work will be conducted independently, but the successful candidate will work with the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, Research Coordinator, and other research staff at both sites.

The work will also involve close collaboration with clinical and patient partners at both hospitals, as well as with industry partners.

Work performed Primary activities will include :

– Selection of patient risk factors and patient-reported outcome measurements/tools using a patient-oriented research approach.

– Epidemiological analysis/modeling of opioid usage and surgical procedures using population data to find additional risk factors and explore patterns of practice over time.

– Analysis of locally-collected clinical data to create patient-specific risk models for both adult and pediatric populations.

In addition, the Postdoctoral Fellow will be involved in :

– Study design to evaluate tools and/or models in clinical settings; leading significant aspects of the research project, including organizing research assistants and staff to support collection of study data; conducting substantive, methodologically rigorous research analyses.

– Writing abstracts, reports, and scientific articles, and submitting to peer-reviewed journals; contributing to literature reviews and syntheses; presenting study results to the scientific community at national and international conferences.

– Identifying and pursuing secondary research projects and research funding; mentoring junior trainees and co-supervising staff in their contributions to the project; and collaborating with other research personnel, clinical collaborators and industry partners.

Qualifications The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate evidence of: 

– Strong data analytics and statistical analysis skills, including data management and programming using MATLAB, R, or Python.

– Applications of machine learning, big-data approaches, including strategies to overcome real-world problems, such as missing data; experience with healthcare data would be desirable.

– A doctorate or a visiting scholar  in a relevant discipline, e.g., Clinical Informatics, Human factors engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or a related field. 

– A strong publication record and excellent technical communication and interpersonal skills; knowledge of research processes, including the conduct of clinical studies; detail-oriented as well as high-level conceptual, analytical, and critical appraisal skills.

– Able to work independently, and solve technical and methodological problems that arise during the course of the research; be comfortable with change, and be adaptable as the project evolves; able to thrive in a collaborative team environment and work effectively with research personnel, clinicians, patients, industry partners.

 – Personal motivation and self-management; able to take responsibility for meeting deadlines within timelines that are partially dictated by industry partners and clinicians; must exhibit a high level of professionalism, judgement, ethical conduct, discretion and diplomacy.

Contact Apply by email to Nicholas West (nwest@bcchr.ca), sending a curriculum vitae with all relevant employment and academic experience; 1-2 writing samples (publications) or a thesis chapter; names of three references; and a cover letter, noting research experience and interest in the position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Funding This fellowship is supported by MITACS and Careteam, and the selected candidate will receive CAD $50,000.00/year plus benefits.


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该校作为环太平洋大学联盟、Universitas 21和英联邦大学协会成员之一,每年都吸引许多世界一流学子前来就读,尤以科学研究见长,是世界一流的研究型大学,以教学严谨高质蜚声国际。大学包含温哥华校区(总校区)和奥肯纳根校区,与麦吉尔大学、多伦多大学并称加拿大大学“三强”。


它是Universitas 21(大学的国际性协会)的创建成员之一,它在教学和科研方面都享有国际声誉。该校起初为研究性合作机构,后来逐渐发展为一所综合性大学。


UBC大学在加拿大连续多年被权威杂志《麦克林杂志》评为医博类大学综合排名第二名。该校是加拿大最难申请的大学之一, 申请的学生不仅需要优异的学术成绩并且需要有优异的课外活动成绩如领导经历,大赛奖项等。学校为了挑选尖而又尖的人才, 每年将近有30%的学生从不同的院系中被淘汰。




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