The postdoctoral position is part of a recently funded Canadian Institutes for Health Research
(CIHR) research on the wider impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (more information here).
The postdoctoral fellow will work under the supervision of Associate Professor Mehdi Ammi,
and will collaborate with colleagues located across Canada. The postdoctoral fellow will
principally contribute to the quantitative investigation of the effect of the COVID-19
pandemic on the care trajectory, healthcare utilization and health outcomes of individuals with
multimorbidity. This investigation will take the form of an analysis of health administrative
data. Collaboration with qualitative researchers and health policymakers is also to be expected.
The postdoctoral position is thus an opportunity for recent PhD graduates to sharpen their
analytical skills and advance their research agendas in health economics and related fields (e.g.,
health services research, epidemiology), while developing strong networks in the healthcare
research and policy communities in Canada.
The emphasis will be on leading and co-authoring manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals,
developing analytic plans, and conducting data analysis. This position will be particularly suited
for young researchers having experience working with quasi-experimental methods and
administrative health microdata. The position will be contributing to a timely and policy
relevant research on how to understand and best respond to foregone and delayed care due to
The postdoctoral position is full-time for two years, with the second-year conditional on
performance. We offer a competitive package worth up to $60,000 per year, including benefits,
an amount up to $15,000 higher compared to the usual postdoctoral fellowship value. Actual
salary will depend on the candidate’s experience, qualifications, and progress. Carleton
postdoctoral fellows are unionized under PSAC Local 77000.
The expected starting date is July 1, 2022 or soon thereafter (starting date on September 1,
2022 at the latest could be considered). The position will be located at the School of Public
Policy and Administration at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. The successful candidate
will have to reside in Ontario as per Carleton University policy and will be expected to be
mostly present in Ottawa as to facilitate timely progress on the project and ensure his/her
integration with the School and with Carleton. However, flexible working arrangements can
be discussed, conditional on residence in Ontario. The postdoctoral fellow may not hold
another position of employment, or academic affiliation of any kind with another institution.
• PhD in a relevant discipline by July 1, 2022 or soon thereafter, and PhD requirements
must be completed before the position can start. Candidates’ eligibility to hold a
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship expires 5 years after the date on which their PhD
was awarded. Relevant disciplines include economics, public policy, health policy and
related disciplines (e.g., health services research, biostatistics and epidemiology).
• Proficiency with a general statistical package (e.g., STATA) is required.
• Experience analyzing microdata (e.g., survey or administrative data) is required.
• Experience using quasi-experimental and related methods (e.g., difference-indifferences, instrumental variables) is required.
• English proficiency, an ability to work independently and as part of a team, as well as
excellent communication skills (written and oral), are required.
• Experience with health administrative data is an asset, but not mandatory.
• Experience with mixed-methods research and collaboration with qualitative
researchers is an asset, but not mandatory.
Applications should include a one- to two-page cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest
in and fit for the position, as well as a curriculum vitae and one research paper (published or
working paper, where the candidate’s contribution is at least of 75%) to serve as writing
sample. Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
of Canada. Note this position is only open to those with working rights in Canada.
Applicants from under-represented groups are invited to self-identify in their application. At
Carleton University, under-represented groups include: women; visible minorities; First
Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual
orientation, gender identity and/or expression.
Applicants should send the name of two academic references as part of their applications, but
only short-listed candidates will be asked to arrange to have two confidential letters of
reference sent electronically directly to Associate Professor Ammi.
The application materials should be sent electronically as a single PDF document to: Associate
Professor Mehdi Ammi, School of Public Policy and Administration, email@example.com, with “Application to the postdoctoral fellowship in health economics: Wider impacts of COVID-19” in the subject of the email. Queries on the position shall also be directed to Dr. Ammi by email.
The review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will continue to be accepted until June 30, 2022 or until the position is filled.
ABOUT THE ACADEMIC UNIT
The research-intensive School, which is situated in a unique Faculty of Public Affairs, is a
recognized centre of academic excellence in public policy and administration. It is the oldest
and largest school of its kind in Canada and is well known internationally, offering a PhD in
Public Policy, Master of Public Policy and Administration, Master and Diploma of
Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, joint MA in Sustainable Energy, Graduate Diploma
in Public Policy and Program Evaluation, and Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy and
Administration. The School’s multidisciplinary faculty members are engaged in diverse
research and teaching initiatives, and are regularly called upon for their expertise by
government departments, nonprofits, and international agencies.
ABOUT CARLETON UNIVERSITY
Located on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University is an
innovative teaching and research institution with a tradition of leading change. Learn more
about our university and the city of Ottawa.
Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of
excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute
to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible
minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of
any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Furthermore, Carleton understands
that career paths vary and interruptions will not prejudice the assessment process. We invite
you to review our revitalized Indigenous strategy, Kinàmàgawin and visit our Department of
Equity and Inclusive Communities for information about our commitment to leadership in
the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for a remote video interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required, and arrangements will be made in a timely manner.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applicants must have working rights in Canada; furthermore, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Carleton University requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.