Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada


Research Opportunity at UBC: Doctoral Student Position(s)

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Research Opportunity: Doctoral Student Position(s)

Do you want to make a difference to the growing number of individuals dealing with a life long, chronic disease with no known cause or cure? Do you want to live in a place consistently ranked as one of the world’s ‘most liveable cities’?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)is one of the leading causes of disability in young adults today. The Pharmacoepidemiologyin Multiple Sclerosis (PiMS) research group, led by Prof. Tremlett, is seeking highly qualified and motivated Doctoral Students to join the team which is based at the Centre for Brain Health, Faculty of Medicine (Neurology), University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. This is an exciting opportunity that will provide an excellent training environment for qualified researchers who are interested in studying multiple sclerosis.

The successful applicant will be a contributing member of Prof. Tremlett’s research group. With the vision of fostering excellence in multi‐disciplinary clinical,therapeutic,and epidemiological research to advance knowledge and improvethe well‐being of those affected by MS, Prof. Tremlett’sresearch groupthrives on diversity.Team members are trained in a variety of disciplines, creating a truly interdisciplinary approach toresearch.

The successful applicant may have the opportunity to be involved in one of several exciting cross‐Canada multi‐site collaborations. These collaborations typicallyincludeaccessing comprehensive health administrative databases linked together with clinical data to examine many different aspects of MS, MScare and MS epidemiology. Some examples of ongoing research topicsinclude questionsrelatedtoriskfactors associated with MS, impact of comorbiditiessuchas cardiovascular disease,and drug adherence,safety and effectiveness.

Thesuccessfulapplicantwill playa key roleinthesuccess of the MS research program and will be fully involved in study design,ensuring dataintegrity, data access, datalinkage,statisticalanalysesand interpretation, hypotheses generation, presentation of findings,and drafting and publication of scientific manuscripts and grantwriting.Thesuccessful candidate mayalso help to mentorand supervise undergraduate students, asappropriate.


▪ A bachelor and/or master degreein biomedical sciences, health science, pharmacy, nursing, medicine, statistics, computer science, bioinformatics, microbiology, genetics, or related discipline, with excellent academic credentials

▪ Must be eligible to apply for a relevant graduate program atthe PhD level at the University of British Columbia,e.g. those offered under: Neuroscience, Experimental Medicine, the Bioinformatics Graduate Program,the School of Population and Public Health

Pleaseseethe following website for information on admissionand program detailsand requirements:

▪ Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills in English

▪ Ability to independently organize workload,set goals and work effectively towards deadlines

▪ Willingness to working aninterdisciplinary setting

▪ Appreciation of the importance and value of clinical and basic research

▪ An inquiring and open mind

▪ Ability toexercisejudgmentand make decisionsin accordance with broad research objectives

▪ Basic knowledge of medical ethics

The following attributes would be an advantage, but can also be developed as part of the PhD program:

▪ Experience with and knowledge about, special populations such as patients with chronic disease, comorbidities or multiple sclerosis

▪ Experience with large health‐related datasets

▪ Experience with data access and linkage from administrative databases

▪ Computer proficiency,including use ofstatistical software

▪ Working knowledge of advanced epidemiology‐related research methodology and design

▪ Working knowledge of advanced biostatistics


Thecurrent posting is for position(s) commencing September 2016. Position(s) will be open until filled;

new opportunities arise onan ongoing basis.


The stipend will be in accordance with the MS Society of Canada guidelines.

The successful applicant will also be encouraged and helped to apply for external funding support whenever possible.

How to Apply:

Pleases end your letter of interest,CV, unofficial transcript,and names of at least two academic references to Dr. Helen Tremlett:[cc in:], with the subject line “PhD application”.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soonas possible. Only those candidates shortlisted will be contacted for an interview. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

About PiMS/ Prof. Tremlett’s research team:

To find out more, please visit ourwebsite:

PubMed link:

About UBC:

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities. UBC’s Vancouver campus has over 51,000 students, representing 140 different countries. UBC offers hundreds of academic programs through 18 faculties and 12 schools. Located on the westerntip of the Point Grey Peninsula in the city of Vancouver,the stunning campus is surrounded by forests, ocean and mountains, yet is just 30 minutes from the city centre. For more information about UBC, please go to

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