UBC PiMS Research Group
Pharmacoepidemiology in Multiple Sclerosis Research Group

Job Opportunities

We are a vibrant, multi-disciplinary team of dedicated researchers focused on improving the health, treatment options and outcome for people and families living with MS. We will always consider the exceptional applicant, so if there’s nothing listed and you think you’ve got what it takes, feel free to send us your CV and cover letter outlining why you want to join our group and your proposed research area.

Contact: Dr Helen Tremlett. email: helen.tremlett@ubc.ca


email: info.pimsgroup@gmail.com


Currently Postings:

Do you want to make a difference to the growing number of individuals dealing with a lifelong, chronic disease with no known cause or cure? Do you want to live in a place consistently ranked as one of the world’s ‘most liveable cities’?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is one of the leading causes of disability in young adults today. An exciting postdoctoral fellow position is currently available in the department of Medicine (Division of Neurology) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) ‐ in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The successful applicant will be a contributing member of the Pharmacoepidemiology in Multiple Sclerosis (PiMS) research group. With the vision of fostering excellence in multi‐disciplinary clinical, therapeutic, and epidemiological research to advance knowledge and improve the well‐being of those affected by multiple sclerosis, we thrive on diversity. Team members are trained in variety of disciplines, creating a truly interdisciplinary approach to research.

The successful applicant will be involved in an exciting cross‐Canada multi‐site collaboration accessing health administrative databases linked with clinical data to examine whether an MS prodrome or ‘pre‐MS trait’ exists. Most diseases start well before they are actually diagnosed. Some allow for medical identification and intervention by giving early warning signs that may appear hours, weeks, or years before diagnosis (e.g. stroke, cancer or multiple sclerosis). Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease of the brain and spinal cord often affecting young adults. It can be challenging to recognize as early symptoms can be non‐specific or vague, including fatigue, numbness and tingling or visual problems. This can cause distress for the affected person, their family and friends as they continue moving through the healthcare system looking for an answer. Even if a diagnosis is reached promptly it is highly likely that the MS has pre‐existed for months, possibly years. This uncertainty over when MS actually ‘starts’ makes it very challenging for researchers to find what might cause MS. All of these factors combined create difficulties for the patient, healthcare professionals, the healthcare system and researchers alike. Ultimately, identification of an MS prodrome will encourage and facilitate more timely recognition, diagnosis and management of MS, as well as helping future studies searching for the beginning and cause of MS.

The successful applicant will play a key role in the success of this Canada‐wide study including: study design, ensuring data integrity, data access, data linkage, statistical analyses and interpretation, hypotheses generation, presentation of findings, and drafting and publication of scientific manuscripts and grant writing. The study will also have other dedicated personnel, including a project coordinator, data programmer, biostatistician whom the successful applicant will work closely with. The successful candidate will also help mentor and supervise graduate students who are working on this or related projects.


UBC is one of the world’s leading universities. UBC’s Vancouver campus has over 47,000 students, representing 140 different countries. UBC offers hundreds of academic programs through 12 faculties and 14 schools. Located on the western tip of the Point Grey Peninsula in the city of Vancouver, the stunning campus is surrounded by forests, ocean and mountains, yet is just 30 minutes from the city centre. For more information about UBC, please go to http://www.ubc.ca


▪ A PhD/MD degree in a relevant discipline e.g. epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, applied biostatistics

▪ Experience with and knowledge about, special populations such as patients with chronic disease, comorbidities or multiple sclerosis

▪ Experience with large health‐related datasets

▪ Experience with data access and linkage from administrative databases

▪ Computer proficiency, including use of statistical software

▪ Working knowledge of advanced epidemiology‐related research methodology and design

▪ Working knowledge of advanced biostatistics

▪ Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills in English

▪ Ability to exercise judgment and make decisions in accordance with broad research objectives

▪ Ability to independently organize workload, goal setting and working effectively towards deadlines

▪ Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary setting

▪ Willingness and ability to positively engage with researchers at multiple sites across Canada in order to motivate other team members to achieve the study goals in a timely manner

▪ Appreciation of the importance of clinical and basic research

▪ An inquiring and open mind

▪ Basic knowledge of medical ethics

Preferred start date is negotiable. Funding for this position is available for up to 3 years. Salary will be based on the MS Society of Canada guidelines (http://mssociety.ca/en/research/researchfunding.htm), with a generous extended health benefits package. To apply, please send your letter of interest, CV and names/contact information for 2‐3 references to Dr. Helen Tremlett: info.pimsgroup@gmail.com [cc in: helen.tremlett@ubc.ca].

The position will remain open until filled. To apply, please send your letter of interest, CV and names/contact information for 2‐3 references to Dr. Helen Tremlett: info.pimsgroup@gmail.com [cc in: helen.tremlett@ubc.ca].

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