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

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email: info.pimsgroup@gmail.com

 

Currently Postings (3):

Postdoctoral Fellow Position(s)

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. The Pharmacoepidemiology in Multiple Sclerosis (PiMS) research group, led by Prof. Tremlett, is seeking highly qualified and motivated Postdoctoral Fellows to join the team which is based at the Centre for Brain Health, Faculty of Medicine (Neurology), University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. This is an exciting opportunity that will provide an excellent training environment for qualified researchers who are interested in studying multiple sclerosis.

The successful applicant will be a contributing member of Prof. Tremlett’s 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 MS, Prof. Tremlett’s research group thrives on diversity. Team members are trained in a variety of disciplines, creating a truly interdisciplinary approach to research.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to be involved in one of several exciting cross‐Canada multi‐site collaborations. These collaborations typically include accessing comprehensive health administrative databases linked together with clinical data to examine many different aspects of MS, MS care and MS epidemiology. Some examples of ongoing research topics include questions related to risk factors associated with MS, impact of comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease, and drug adherence, safety and effectiveness.

The successful applicant will play a key role in the success of the MS research program and will be fully involved in 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 successful candidate will also help to mentor and supervise graduate students.

Qualifications:
▪ 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, set goals and work effectively towards deadlines
▪ Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary setting
▪ Appreciation of the importance and value of clinical and basic research
▪ An inquiring and open mind
▪ Basic knowledge of medical ethics

Starting Date:
Negotiable; position(s) will be open until filled; new opportunities arise on an ongoing basis.

Salary:
Funding for this position is available for 1 to 3 years, with the possibility of extension.

The salary for the postdoctoral fellow will be based on the MS Society of Canada guidelines (https://mssociety.ca/information-for-researchers), with a generous extended health benefits package.

How to Apply:
Please send your letter of interest and CV to Dr. Helen Tremlett: info.pimsgroup@gmail.com [cc in: helen.tremlett@ubc.ca], with the subject line “Postdoctoral Fellow”.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only those candidates shortlisted will be contacted for an interview. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

About PiMS / Prof. Tremlett’s research team:
To find out more, please visit our website:
http://epims.med.ubc.ca

PubMed link:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Tremlett+H[Author]

About UBC:
UBC is one of the world’s leading universities. UBC’s Vancouver campus has over 51,000 students, representing 140 different countries. UBC offers hundreds of academic programs through 18 faculties and 12 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


Doctoral Student Position(s)

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. The Pharmacoepidemiology in Multiple Sclerosis (PiMS) research group, led by Prof. Tremlett, is seeking highly qualified and motivated Doctoral Students to join the team which is based at the Centre for Brain Health, Faculty of Medicine (Neurology), University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. This is an exciting opportunity that will provide an excellent training environment for qualified researchers who are interested in studying multiple sclerosis.

The successful applicant will be a contributing member of Prof. Tremlett’s 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 MS, Prof. Tremlett’s research group thrives on diversity. Team members are trained in a variety of disciplines, creating a truly interdisciplinary approach to research.
The successful applicant may have the opportunity to be involved in one of several exciting cross‐Canada multi‐site collaborations. These collaborations typically include accessing comprehensive health administrative databases linked together with clinical data to examine many different aspects of MS, MS care and MS epidemiology. Some examples of ongoing research topics include questions related to risk factors associated with MS, impact of comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease, and drug adherence, safety and effectiveness.

The successful applicant will play a key role in the success of the MS research program and will be fully involved in 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 successful candidate may also help to mentor and supervise undergraduate students, as appropriate.

Qualifications:

▪ A bachelor and/or master degree in biomedical sciences, health science, pharmacy, nursing, medicine, statistics, computer science, bioinformatics, microbiology, genetics, or related discipline, with excellent academic credentials

▪ Must be eligible to apply for a relevant graduate program at the PhD level at the University of British Columbia, e.g. those offered under: Neuroscience, Experimental Medicine, the Bioinformatics Graduate Program, the School of Population and Public Health

Please see the following website for information on admission and program details and requirements: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/

▪ Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills in English

▪ Ability to independently organize workload, set goals and work effectively towards deadlines

▪ Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary setting

▪ Appreciation of the importance and value of clinical and basic research

▪ An inquiring and open mind

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

▪ Basic knowledge of medical ethics

The following attributes would be an advantage, but can also be developed as part of the PhD program:

▪ 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

Starting Date:

The current posting is for position(s) commencing September 2016.  Position(s) will be open until filled; new opportunities arise on an ongoing basis.

Salary:

The stipend will be in accordance with the MS Society of Canada guidelines.

The successful applicant will also be encouraged and helped to apply for external funding support whenever possible.

How to Apply:

Please send your letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcript, and names of at least two academic references to Dr. Helen Tremlett: info.pimsgroup@gmail.com [cc in: helen.tremlett@ubc.ca], with the subject line “PhD application”.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Only those candidates shortlisted will be contacted for an interview. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

About PiMS / Prof. Tremlett’s research team:

To find out more, please visit our website:

http://epims.med.ubc.ca

PubMed link:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Tremlett+H[Author]

About UBC:

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities. UBC’s Vancouver campus has over 51,000 students, representing 140 different countries. UBC offers hundreds of academic programs through 18 faculties and 12 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


Research Assistant / Data Analyst
An exciting opportunity has come up for a Research Assistant / Data Analyst (full-time or part-time) with Dr. Helen Tremlett’s Pharmacoepidemiology in Multiple Sclerosis (PiMS) Research Group, at the University of British Columbia (in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).

JOB SUMMARY
Under general direction, the position is responsible for the performance of data programming and analyses related to varied biostatistical / epidemiological research.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
▪ Reports directly to the Principal Investigator
▪ Interacts and works closely with the students, researchers and staff members of the
PiMS research group. Particularly with the groups’ data analyst and biostatistician
▪ Maintains contact with other collaborating organizations, as required

CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR
▪ Study may be jeopardized if not conducted according to ethical requirements as laid
out by the University and by regulatory authorities
▪ Study files must be kept secured to ensure that patient confidentiality is not
compromised
▪ An error within the realm of a research study may result in biased or incomplete data and skewed study results

WORKING CONDITIONS
The office is on the third floor at the UBC Centre for Brain Health. There are no known hazards.

SPECIFIC TASKS
▪ Cleaning and manipulating linked administrative health and clinical data; creating variables suitable to be included in longitudinal models for ongoing studies funded by the US National Multiple Sclerosis Society, including, but not limited to: ‘Do the beta- interferons prolong life in people with multiple sclerosis?’; ‘Prodromal Multiple Sclerosis: The PrOMS Study’; ‘Adherence to Immunomodulators in Multiple Sclerosis: Prevalence and Clinical Impact of Multiple Sclerosis (The AIMS Study)’
▪ Facilitating data cleaning and coding within multiple sites across Canada; ensuring
consistent or comparable approaches between sites
▪ Providing support for other members of the PiMS team in their data analyses, as required

DECISIONS MAKING
▪ The incumbent will have the opportunity to exercise judgement, responsibility, and initiative on tasks pertaining to his/her work.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED
▪ Works under minimum supervisory direction.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED
None

PERSONNEL SPECIFICATIONS
▪ University degree in a relevant discipline, such as Statistics, Epidemiology, and a minimum of 3 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
▪ Demonstrated programming skills (such as using R function or SAS macro) and ability to perform data manipulation on large datasets using statistical software, including R, SAS and SPSS
▪ Working knowledge of research methodology, study design and statistical analyses would be an asset
▪ Experience with health administrative data would be an asset
▪ Experience with, and knowledge about, special populations such as patients with chronic disease or multiple sclerosis would be an asset
▪ Appropriate knowledge of medical ethics
▪ Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
▪ Ability to exercise judgment and make decisions in accordance with the research objectives
▪ Ability to independently organize workload
▪ Ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting

To find out more about the PiMS research group, please visit our website:
http://epims.med.ubc.ca

The starting salary is $42,422 annually with benefits. The position is for an one-year appointment, but may be extended beyond one year dependent upon satisfactory performance and funding/resources. The position will remain open until filled. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Dr. Helen Tremlett: info.pimsgroup@gmail.com [cc in: helen.tremlett@ubc.ca].

 

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