Opportunity: Post-Doctoral Fellowship In the Epidemiology of Food Insecurity

Dr. Valerie Tarasuk at the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto and Dr. Marcelo Urquia at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP), University of Manitoba invite applications for two post-doctoral fellowships in the Epidemiology of Food Insecurity and Health. The successful applicants will join a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded multidisciplinary team of accomplished researchers in Manitoba, Ontario and the US, with an interest in studying the determinants of household food insecurity and its implications for health and well-being. The research approach involves the analysis of large and unique linked health and social administrative databases and dietary intake surveys housed at the Statistics Canada Research Data Centres. The postdoctoral fellows will be based in Toronto or Winnipeg and jointly supervised by Drs. Valerie Tarasuk and Marcelo Urquia.

The ideal candidates will have the experience and expertise to take advantage of the opportunity to access novel and rich data to build a highly productive applied research portfolio. The fellows will be able to attend seminars, colloquia, and other regularly scheduled research activities at the partner institutions, and present in domestic and international conferences.


This full-time temporary position is for one (1) year, with the possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance evaluations.


Competitive salary equalling or exceeding CIHR fellowship stipends, plus benefits. Actual salary will depend on the candidate’s experience, qualifications and progress.

Minimum qualifications:

  • PhD, ScD, DrPH, or an equivalent doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, nutritional sciences, public health, economics, or related fields, completed within the last 5 years
  • Experience conducting statistical analyses with large databases using SAS or Stata

Preferred qualifications:

  • Track record of research productivity
  • Track record of, or strong potential for, independent funding
  • Knowledge of food insecurity, social determinants of health, poverty and social policy


  • Conduct data analyses at the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre.
  • Lead and co-author manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals
  • Critically contribute to the team efforts
  • Actively participate in knowledge-transfer activities
  • Perform limited administrative tasks
  • Apply to external funding sources as eligible

To apply:

Please send your application to Dr. Valerie Tarasuk (Valerie.tarasuk@utoronto.ca) as a single PDF file. Application materials include i) a one-page cover letter describing career goals, research interests, and reasons for applying; ii) your CV and graduate degree transcripts; iii) a reprint of your most significant first-author publication; iv) contact information for three (3) references; and v) proof of proficiency in English for candidates whose original language is not English, if applicable.

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2020. Expected start date is May 1 2020 or shortly thereafter, although this timing is flexible. The positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found.

All applications are welcome but only potential candidates will be contacted.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.