Post-doctoral Research Fellowship

The Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a post-doctoral research fellowship training program: 2021-2023.

The UBC Division of Nephrology research program is coordinated through the BC Kidney Research Unit (BCKRU), which is a joint collaboration between the university divisions of nephrology and renal pathology, BC Renal (www.bcrenalagency.ca), and the local health authorities (including Providence Health Care).  As such, the BCKRU supports the research and teaching activities of the BC Renal Core Committees, the UBC Division of Nephrology and its faculty members, and the renal programs within the local health authorities.

The research scope of the UBC Division of Nephrology includes chronic kidney disease, end-stage kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, kidney transplantation, immunology, and renal pathology.  The types of research being conducted by the division include observational analysis, prediction modeling, clinical trials, health services analysis, quality improvement, biomarker and translational studies, and transplant immunology.

This is a 2-year fellowship offered through collaboration of BC Renal and the UBC Division of Nephrology, with the ability to extend longer if agreed by the fellow and the division.  Salary-support funding is available, which includes a base salary commensurate with the level of training, in addition to a comprehensive benefit package.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Completion of 24 months of training in an accredited nephrology program
  • Completion of a Master’s or PhD in clinical epidemiology, statistics, or a relevant field
  • A proven record of scholarly academic research achievement and peer-reviewed publications
  • If the applicant intends on doing clinical work during the fellowship as described below, then they will also need to meet the English Language requirements as below, and have graduated from medical school within 10 years of starting the fellowship

College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC English Language Requirement for Registration: The College has considered in the interest of patient care, any candidate applying for licensure in British Columbia must have the ability to speak, read, and write English. If the language of primary medical education and patient care was not in English the successful completion of IELTS Academic examination is required.

  • Minimum score of 7 in each component
  • Test Report Form (TFR) is valid for a period of two years from date taken

Objectives of the fellowship:

  • To gain the necessary education, training and experience in research methodology, manuscript preparation and publication, and grant development to ensure successful transition to a career as independent researcher in kidney diseases
  • To gain an understanding and experience in the administration of health services related to kidney diseases; the development, implementation and evaluation of kidney-related health programs; and in resource allocation in kidney-related healthcare

Fellowship overview: This is a 2-year long fellowship (or longer) that focuses primarily on expanding the fellow’s experience in research in kidney diseases.  This includes leading research projects, developing research protocols and analysis plans, preparing manuscripts, and developing and preparing grants.  Research can be done within any of the ongoing domains of active research at the BCKRU, including chronic kidney disease, end-stage kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, kidney transplantation, immunology, and renal pathology.  The types of research can include observational analysis, prediction modeling, clinical trials, health services analysis, and biomarker and translational studies.  The fellow will engage in research projects through collaborative work with a combination of BC Renal Core Committees and principal investigators within the UBC Division of Nephrology.  The fellow will be invited to participate in the activities of at least one of the Core Committees through BC Renal to gain exposure to the health services and health policy implications from their research work.  Although there are no official clinical or call requirements for the fellowship, the fellow will be given the opportunity to attend various outpatient clinics according to their interest, as follows:

  • GN clinics
  • Pregnancy nephrology clinics
  • CKD clinics
  • Pre- and post-transplant clinics

Fellows are expected to attend all biopsy rounds, hospital academic rounds, and BC Renal province-wide nephrology rounds.

Applicants interested in applying for this program should send a letter of intent, CV and names of 3 references to the UBC Division of Nephrology Glomerulonephritis Training Program c/o Tammie Davis tammie.davis@vch.ca.

Decisions regarding successful applicants will be made as applications are received.  The expected start date can be flexible depending on the individual circumstances of the applicant.

Thank you for your interest.