The postdoctoral position is part of a recently funded Canadian Institutes for Health Research
(CIHR) research on the financing of public health in Canada and peer-countries (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 mixed-methods research (e.g.,
comparative case-study, focus groups, Delphi) aiming to examine what counts as public health
expenditures across different jurisdictions in Canada and abroad and at different levels of
government; and measure commonalities as well as reconcile the differences and trends across
these different levels and jurisdictions. Collaboration with public health policymakers and
strong knowledge mobilization is an integral part of this research project.
The postdoctoral position is thus an opportunity for recent PhD graduates in health policy
and/or public health to sharpen their analytical skills and advance their research agendas in
health policy and/or public health, while developing strong networks in the public health
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. Two typical profiles are ideal for this
(1) EITHER the candidate will have a PhD in public health and a strong interest and
willingness to contribute to develop knowledge in public health financing – a key
building block of strong and resilient public health systems.
(2) OR the candidate will have a PhD in health policy or related field, a focus on health
system performance or health financing, and a strong interest to learn about and
contribute to develop knowledge in public health.
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 public health, health policy, and related
interdisciplinary degrees (e.g., health services research).
• Expertise in public health systems or health system performance or health financing.
• 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 comparative case study is an asset, but not mandatory.
• Experience with consensus building method (e.g., Delphi) is an asset, but not
• Experience with mixed-methods research is an asset, but not mandatory.
• French language 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 public health finance” 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.