Postdoctoral Fellowship - Development of a tool to support treatment decisions in SMA

University of British Columbia, McGill University
Please Contact: Dr. Kathryn Selby:
Vancouver, BC OR Remote work
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Research directors: Dr. Kathryn Selby (UBC)  Dr. Maryam Oskoui (McGill)

Administrative unit: Division of Neurology.

Location: Vancouver, University of British Columbia

Remote work is accommodated: Coast to coast involvement



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, remote work is accommodated.



  • Preferred background in healthcare
  • Requirement: PhD completed or to have his/her thesis defense by January 2022
  • 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)



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