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Post Doctoral Fellow, GERAS Centre, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation & McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario
Deadline August 8, 2014

Post Doctoral Fellow, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation & McMaster University
(A joint venture between McMaster University and HHS Foundation)

Reports to: Academic Supervisor (McMaster) – Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou

GERAS Centre:

Strategic Directions

1) Research: Improve Quality of Life
2) Interprofessional Education
3) Seniors and Families

Overarching Themes

  • Frailty, Falls and Fractures
  • Dementia and Delirium
  • End of Life Care

Overview of GERAS Centre

The population is aging and providing optimal care for seniors is an important priority in the delivery of healthcare.  This is your opportunity to join the GERAS Centre, a collaboration of researchers, clinicians and educators at St. Peter’s Hospital (Hamilton, ON) that aim to enhance geriatric care and improve quality of life for seniors.  As leaders in Frailty, Falls & Fractures and Dementia research and guideline development, both nationally and internationally, the GERAS Centre plays a pivotal role in research and education advancement.    Apply today and join the Centre as we continue to implement new programs and infrastructure to advance knowledge translation, interprofessional education, leading edge technologies, and health promotion models that benefit seniors and their families.

Overall Objectives

  • To develop and execute clinical research and knowledge translation studies under the supervision of by Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou (Academic Supervisor).
  • To interact with a multidisciplinary team at Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University and national and international academic leaders and participate in knowledge exchange with stakeholders.
  • Develop strong project management skills and report to collaborators and key stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Project Management and Leadership development:  Organize and lead meetings with research team, assist with supervising undergraduate and graduate students, planning and overseeing operations of research projects.
  • Data Entry and Analysis skills: Preparation of reports, archiving of data, preparation of figures/tables.
  • Grantsmanship: The postdoctoral fellow will develop grantsmanship and protocol development skills by taking a leadership role in the development and submission of grant proposals and budgets for government and non-government funding agencies, and corresponding with Health Research Services at McMaster University.
  • Knowledge Translation: Composition of manuscript and abstracts for conferences, development of posters and oral presentations, lead meetings with collaborators, stakeholders and/or participants to communicate study results.

Benefits of Working with the Team

The Post-doctoral Fellow will have the opportunity of working with international academic leaders, attend international conferences and present and interact with an interdisciplinary team of mentors.

Qualifications/Experience/Attributes Required

  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology, Public Health Kinesiology, Nursing or Rehabilitation Sciences.
  • Able to work independently and excellent communication skills.
  • Experience in the field of geriatric medicine or clinical research is a requirement.
  • Excellent writing skills; provide example(s) of published or submitted work with the application.
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with data management and graphing of data essential.
  • Experience with data analysis using SPSS, SAS, or other statistical software program.
  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practice Guidelines is an asset.

Application Process

Although the closing date of the applications is dependent on the quality of the applications received, we plan to have the final selection process completed by August 8th, 2014.  Please respond with a letter of interest, CV and references (3).

Applications should be mailed, couriered or emailed in a single PDF to:

Mr. David Jewell                                                                                                       
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences
Director, GERAS Centre                                                                                                               
St. Peter’s Hospital                                                                                                              
88 Maplewood Ave           
Hamilton ON, L8M 1W9

GERAS website:
Division of Geriatric Medicine website: