Postdoc Fellowship | Development of a tool to support treatment decisions in spinal muscular atrophy in Canada

The Neuromuscular Disease Network for Canada, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, University of British Columbia

Project description:

The objective of this research project is to develop a tool to support decisions of families and clinicians in selecting a treatment plan for individuals affected by SMA.

With the support of the research team, the postdoctoral fellow will:

  • Acquire training on the Ottawa Decision Aid Framework
  • Conduct a decision need assessment among SMA leading clinicians and families
  • Develop a tool aid
  • Write a grant proposal for implementation and assessment of the SMA tool to CIHR


This postdoctoral fellowship is based at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in collaboration with Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) and the Neuromuscular Disease Network for Canada (NMD4C). This well established and dynamic environment fosters professional development and interdisciplinary research collaborations. In view of the national perspective in this project, some travel will be required.

Additional information:

  • Preferred background in healthcare
  • Requirement: PhD completed or to have his/her thesis defense by January 2023
  • Required Assets: qualitative research background, fluency in English (written , spoken and understood) good communication skills
  • Preferred assets: prior experience in decision aid development and/or knowledge transfer, qualitative and quantitative analysis skills)


Funding is available for 1 year, with possibility of an extension.


$40,000 CAD/year

(Pay Scale: Commensurate with education and experience)

Start date:

As soon as a qualified applicant is selected

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter that includes a description of previous and current research which highlights the skillset we are seeking for this position, as well as future plans for research and professional goals, a curriculum vitae, 2‐3 samples of scholarly writing (published, under review or in preparation where you are the first author) and/or knowledge translation products/tools and the name of 3 references (including the PhD supervisor) to Dr. Kathryn Selby.

For further information, please contact Dr. Kathryn Selby:

Phone: (604) 875-3145; Mailing Address:  Division of Neurology BC Children’s Hospital 4500 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3N1

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Job Type
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Location
Valid Through
01 Mar 2023
Posted On
13 Dec 2022

Organization Information

The Neuromuscular Disease Network for Canada, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, University of British Columbia

NMD4C: A pan-Canadian network that brings together the country’s leading clinical, scientific, technical, and patient expertise to improve care, research, and collaboration in neuromuscular disease.

MDC: Patient organization with the mission to enhance the lives of those affected by neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure.

University of British Columbia

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