Post-Doctoral Fellow, Epidemiology/Biostatistics & Environmental Health

Ryerson University - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department: School of Occupational and Public Health
Position supervisor: Dr. Ian Young and Dr. Jordan Tustin
Contract length: 2 years
Hours of work per week: 36.25
Position type: Post-doctoral Fellow
Rate of pay: $55,000-60,000 per year (commensurate with experience) plus benefits

About Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

The Department

Located in downtown Toronto, Ryerson University is a distinctly urban, culturally diverse teaching and research institution. The School of Occupational and Public Health has 14 full-time faculty and 3 staff members, and is located in a new state-of-the-art Health Sciences Complex. The School provides undergraduate programs in both occupational health and safety and public health, with diverse faculty research aimed at addressing critical societal needs and challenges related to occupational and public health.

The Opportunity

Applications are invited for a 2-year, full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow (PDF) position in Epidemiology to work with Principal Investigators (PIs) Drs. Ian Young and Jordan Tustin in the School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University.

The position will involve epidemiological modelling research to investigate the impacts of climate change on recreational water quality in Ontario. The PDF will work closely with the PIs, research assistants, and project partners to develop models to identify climate- and weather-related determinants of E. coli contamination in public bathing beaches, including development of predictive models to assist public health authorities in their risk management decisions. The PDF will have an opportunity to develop conference presentations and scientific manuscripts, and supervise student research assistants.

The position will start as soon as possible. Initially, the position can be conducted remotely, but the candidate will eventually be expected to work from Ryerson University in Toronto. Funding for this project and position has been made possible through a contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Qualifications Required qualifications include:

  • Within 3 years of having completed a PhD in epidemiology or a closely related field (e.g. bio statistics)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team
  • Excellent English language communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including proficiency in at least one statistical analysis software (e.g. Stata, SAS, R)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong record of research productivity
  • Experience with longitudinal or time series data analysis and/or Bayesian networks
  • Knowledge of recreational water quality and/or climate change impacts on infectious diseases

How to apply

Click 'Apply' to be directed to the Ryerson Careers page for further instructions on how to apply online.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, a copy of your most significant peer-reviewed publication, and contact information for three references. Please email your application to Dr. Ian Young, ideally as a single PDF file. Applications will be continuously received and evaluated until the position is filled. Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Only Canadian Citizens, legal residents or residents with a legal work permit will be considered.

Ryerson’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Aboriginal HR Consultant for support during the selection process.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: $50,000.00 to $60,000.00 /year