Real-World Evidence (RWE) Fellowship

The Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary is pleased to offer an innovative and unique training opportunity with the Oncology Outcomes (O2) group that focuses on Real-World Evidence Analytics

Area: Real World Evidence Analytics
Duration: one year with possibility of extension
Start date: January 1, 2022

  • The successful candidate will have recently graduated (within the last 5 years) with a PhD in Epidemiology, Statistics, Health Services Research, Computer Science, Bioinformatics or Biostatistics and have excellent academic credentials.
  • Evidence of peer-reviewed publications and scholarly presentations is necessary.
  • The individual should be motivated and enthusiastic about cancer research, the development and application of novel methods and be capable of working independently and have excellent oral and written English communication skills.
To apply, please provide:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Names of 3 References

Please forward all applications to Ms. Christie Farrer via email:

We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The postdoctoral fellow will focus on studies in the analysis of real-world data for cancer outcomes and methods for precision health analytics under the supervision of Drs. Winson Cheung, Professor and Lead for Health Services Research for Oncology in Alberta and Darren Brenner, Associate Professor and Armstrong Investigator in Molecular Cancer Epidemiology at the University of Calgary. Drs Cheung and Brenner are conducting studies focused on the application of novel methods to large datasets and electronic health records in cancer. Priority projects include the development and application of machine learning algorithms, natural language processing, development of risk prediction models and clinical decision support algorithms. Numerous opportunities exist for the successful candidate to contribute to multiple on-going and planned research studies, to develop their own area of research expertise, to publish and present scholarly work, and to obtain additional specialized training. This position will be located within the Department of Oncology, University of Calgary, the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health which have extensive resources and infrastructure to support research. In addition, this position has competitive remuneration and health benefits.

We invite applications from all physician trainees who have completed their core training in an oncology discipline by the start of the fellowship and who are seeking to enhance their clinical and research skills. Candidates are requested to select a primary and secondary tumor site which will form the focus of their responsibilities in outpatient clinics. Additional clinical duties may include performing occasional on-call duties and providing consultant services. Academically, the fellow will be immersed in a diverse research portfolio where they will be exposed to different real-world data sources, advanced analytical techniques plus statistical skills (e.g. artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing), and a wide spectrum of RWE projects. Fellows will be trained under the direct supervision of leading specialists in oncology as well as experts in data sciences. Fellows will benefit from strong research partnerships that have already been established with the Alberta Cancer Outcomes Research Network, Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, and additional experts in the field of population health and cancer epidemiology.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, preference will be given to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, but international medical trainees are eligible. The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and honors diversity.

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