Postdoctoral Fellow, CIHR Training Modernization Start-Up Grant

Education, Healthcare, Other, Sciences

Faculty of Health Professions

Halifax City, Nova Scotia


POSTING DATE: June 6, 2017
CLOSING DATE: June 30, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow
CIHR Training Modernization Start-Up Grant
CIHR-Dalhousie University-Nova Scotia Health Authority Health System Impact Fellowship

Applications are invited for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship between the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA). This Health System Impact Fellowship (HSIF) will provide a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges that impact the provincial health system, and to develop professional experience, new skills, and networks.

The NSHA was launched in April 2015 through the amalgamation of 9 District Health Authorities into a single provincial Health Authority, working in partnership with the IWK Health Centre. The provincial system redesign is in recognition that, for Nova Scotians to be truly healthy, we need to think beyond hospitals and health services and promote health where we live, learn, work and play. This whole of population approach requires health system transformation to better support population health and improve health outcomes, often described as “moving upstream”. The newly formed NSHA has established 7 redevelopment streams of all clinical services, with the overarching vision of “healthy people, healthy communities – for generations”. This redevelopment includes prevention as a critical element. The successful HSIF will work within the prevention portfolio of the NSHA. They will be exposed to how the health system works, how decisions are made, and how research and analytic skills can contribute to improved system performance. Flexibility in the time commitment will allow the HSIF to become immersed in the culture and operations of the organization, and benefit from mentorship by executive leaders, while also making it possible to protect a portion of time for academic research. The specific focus of this fellowship will be the application of health services and policy research to the development of a policy framework for health system planning, thereby influencing policy and systems change and ultimately improving population health.

Eligibility and review criteria:

  • Fellows must demonstrate professional leadership potential and academic excellence.
  • Fellows must hold or expect to have completed a PhD in Health Services and Policy research (HSPR) or a related field (e.g., health economics or epidemiology) by the start date of the experiential learning opportunity.
  • Fellows must have obtained their doctoral degree no more than five years prior to the Start-Up Grant competition deadline.
  • Fellows must not be current or past employees of the host or partner employer organization(s).
  • Fellows must not have received an offer of employment from the host or partner employer organization(s) or the university-based HSPR training program.

Salary Range:
The HSIF will receive a stipend of $70,000 per annum, plus a professional development training and research allowance, of approximately $10,000 per annum for participation in an enriched pan-Canadian curriculum (or equivalent training), national cohort meetings, and to support research-related expenses.

Start Date:  September 1, 2017
Deadline for application:  June 30, 2017

Duration of Appointment: 
The duration of this fellowship is 12 months, commencing no later than September 2017. At least 50% of the HSIF’s time will be spent embedded within the NSHA, with the balance of time spent with the academic advisors in the Faculty of Health and the Healthy Populations Institute. Together, the health system and academic supervisors will provide technical and professional expertise and guidance to support the fellow’s pursuit of the impact goal (e.g. supporting them in applying their research and analytic skills to real world challenges), and facilitate access to required resources (e.g., data, colleagues and organizations), and developing the enriched core competencies.

Key Dates

  • September 1, 2017: The fellow must commence the fellowship by September 1, 2017
  • October 2017: First national cohort meeting in Toronto, ON of fellows and health system and academic supervisors (date TBC)

Interested parties should forward a cover letter, current CV and contact information of 2-3 references to: 

Suzie Officer
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Health
Dalhousie University
Po Box 15000
Halifax, B3H 4R2
or to

For enquiries regarding the position, please contact Dr. Sara Kirk, Scientific Director, Healthy Populations Institute (

We thank all applicants, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.