Opportunities

One of the DSI's mandate is to promote training opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. As these opportunities arise, they are posted below with a link to a secure application portal. Please do not contact us or Faclity members directly, we will only contact shortlisted candidates.

 

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Electronic Health Records (EHR) Analytics

Description: The UBC Data Science Institute is seeking at least two post-doctoral fellows to join our new program specializing in Electronic Health Record (EHR) analytics. This is a joint program with the British Columbia (BC) Provincial Health Services Authority, the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Department of Medicine at UBC. As key members of this program, you will work across these health organizations to build cutting-edge data platforms and conduct interdisciplinary research at the intersection of data science, machine learning and public health. Research topics of interest include, but not limited to, predictive modelling, longitudinal analysis, natural language processing, data visualization, and data privacy. You will also work closely with a team of postdoctoral fellows and students. If you are interested in teaching, there will be opportunities for you to contribute to course development in data science and health for graduate students in the Department of Medicine. Each post-doctoral position is guaranteed for one-year, with a second-year extension given satisfactory progress in the first year.

Stipend: $65,000 to $90,000 annually (inclusive of benefits; actual stipend will depend on experience).

Apply here: DSI Postdoc Application Portal

 

The Data Science Institute and UBC believes that equity and diversity are essential to research excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. While all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The UBC Data Science Institute is a Faclity of Science initiative designed to incubate and accelerate research, innovation and training in data-intensive science. Working across the university’s data science community and advanced computing teams, the DSI focuses on building interdisciplinary research teams tackling data-rich problems. Visit: dsi.ubc.ca/research to view some of the most recently funded projects. Even though the DSI works in various application domains such as manufacturing, the DSI has a strong record of conducting diverse health and biomedical projects. The new program on EHR analytics builds upon such a foundation and seeks to make direct, if not immediate, impact to public health and health services in British Columbia.

 

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Adverse Mental Health Modelling

The UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Data Science Institute is inviting eligible candidates to apply for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

The UBC Data Science Institute is a Faculty of Science initiative designed to incubate and accelerate research, innovation and training in data-intensive science. Working across the university’s data science community and advanced computing teams, the DSI focuses on building interdisciplinary research teams tackling dataͲrich problems. Visit: https://dsi.ubc.ca/research to view some of the most recently funded projects. Even though the DSI works in various application domains such as manufacturing, the DSI has a strong record of conducting diverse health and biomedical projects. On joining the DSI, you will have opportunities to interact with postdoctoral fellows hosted by the DSI on diverse topics covering the intersection between data science and human health.

UBC’s Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health are internationally recognized academic units that develop and implement cutting edge research and implementation projects in the field of mental health and substance use. The Department’s Mental Health Systems and Services Laboratory works closely with decision makers, the community, and other stakeholders to answer key challenges referred to basic science, clinical practice, health systems, population mental health, and epidemiology. Our goal is to improve delivery of mental health and substance use services to ultimately impact health outcomes of people from BC, Canada, and globally.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work in an interdisciplinary research environment and will develop models to predict increased risk of developing adverse mental health or substance use outcomes, using artificial intelligence and other methods, as part of a funded project. The candidate will have extensive experience with research, academic and scientific writing; data science experience; and an interest in psychiatric epidemiology, clinical research, and health system planning for mental health and substance use. The incumbent will conduct quantitative data analysis related to mental health and health systems and will also assist in the interpretation and presentation of findings. The position will focus on research and manuscript writing; although opportunities for contributing to teaching, grant writing, knowledge translation, and community presentations also exist. The successful candidate will also help to mentor and supervise graduate students who are working on this (or related) project(s).

Key Attributes

  • Demonstrated experience in method development and application using statistical languages and programming languages (such as SPSS, Stata, SAS and Python and/or R) and database languages (e.g. SQL)
  • Development, implementation and deployment of statistical/machine learning methods and models and their interpretation (e.g., PyTorch, TensorFlow)
  • Passion for data, machine learning and artificial intelligence application in healthcare
  • Experience with large healthͲrelated datasets access, extraction and linkages ensuring data integrity, recoding/deriving variables, prior experience working with Population Data BC (PopData BC) database are assets
  • Experience with high performance computing, cluster management systems like Slurm or TORQUE; experience with cloud computing is a plus
  • Demonstration of reproducible research tools (e.g., GitHub) is an asset
  • Experience in Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a plus
  • Skills relevant to public health data science, including strong quantitative and programming skills, experience in processing and analyzing very large longitudinal datasets and expertise in administrative, survey or cohort data relevant to public health, also a plus
  • Understanding of public services relevant to mental health, health in general, education and social care and policy evaluation will be an advantage.

Applicants will have a PhD in expertise in a relevant discipline (e.g. data science, machine learning, computer science, artificial intelligence, advanced biostatistics, advanced epidemiology, applied mathematics).

The anticipated start date is November 1, 2020. This is a one-year appointment subject to annual renewal. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply:

A letter of application, accompanied by a detailed curriclium vitae and names of three references, should be directed to:

Dr. Daniel Vigo
Assistant Professor
at: Daniel.Vigo@ubc.ca and cc Brianna.VanDenAdel@ubc.ca

Closing date: October 15, 2020

Anticipated starting date of this position: November 1, 2020

 

Undergraduate & Graduate Training

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