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Centre for Global Child Health

Growth and Development Fellowship

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Fetal, Child and Adolescent Growth and Development

The Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recruiting exceptional post-doctoral research fellows in the area of fetal, childhood and adolescent growth and development (including stunting) in populations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) or other vulnerable populations.

Successful applicants will take a lead role in the design and execution of quantitative research studies on topics related to the causes or consequences of linear growth faltering (or stunting) and impaired cognitive or social development of fetuses, children and/or adolescents in LMICs or other vulnerable populations. Fellows will be encouraged to learn and apply quantitative data analysis approaches beyond traditional epidemiological or biostatistical techniques. Applications will also be accepted from individuals interested in conducting laboratory-based research related to impairments in linear growth and brain development in LMICs (e.g., animal models of undernutrition). Fellowships will be full-time, based at SickKids’ Research Institute and the Centre for Global Child Health, and for a duration that is flexible (one to three years).

We will be accepting applications from candidates who meet the following criteria:

  1. Have completed* a doctoral graduate degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, nutritional sciences, or related discipline; AND,
  2. Have demonstrated exemplary recent scholarship (i.e., first author publications, conference presentations, and/or successful grant applications) within one or more of the following areas of focus: epidemiology, biostatistics, human nutrition or reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH), or related discipline. Experience collating and analyzing large and linked datasets would be considered a major asset.

*Exceptional applicants who have a scheduled PhD thesis defense date within four months of the application will also be considered.

While fellows must be capable of working independently, mentorship will be provided by a primary supervisor (faculty at SickKids and the University of Toronto) and at least one other scientist and/or senior research staff at the Centre for Global Child Health. Additional learning opportunities in the broad area of global child health will be provided throughout the one to three year advanced training opportunity.

The Centre for Global Child Health will provide competitive salary support for the entire duration of the one to three year appointment. Visit the Centre for Global Child Health website for more information.

Applicants from LMICs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please submit the following documentation:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letter of intent (LOI): LOIs should summarize the applicant’s interest and most relevant research activities (e.g., published papers) in the area of child and adolescent growth and development. If applicable, LOIs should also highlight a candidate's experience in curating and and analyzing large and linked datasets. The LOI should also include a description of the applicant’s career goals. Finally, if applicants are keen to explore a particular research question, this should be made clear in the LOI. Letters of intent should not exceed a length of two pages, single-spaced.
  • References: The names and contact information for between two to three referees will be requested before an offer of employment is extended. Referees should be able to speak to the candidate's research skills in the area of child and adolescent growth and development.

The CV and LOI should be merged into one document and saved as a portable document format (pdf) file before submission. Application packages should be saved with your name and the date of submission (i.e., lastname_firstname_Month_DD_YYYY) in the filename. Applications should be submitted to childgrowth.fellowship@sickkids.ca with the applicant’s name and “Growth and Development Fellowship 2019” in the subject line (e.g., First name Last name – Growth and Development Fellowship 2019)

Questions can be directed to the Childhood and Adolescent Growth and Development Fellowship Program Committee at: childgrowth.fellowship@sickkids.ca