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Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Systems
Dalhousie University

Date Posted Aug. 9, 2021
Title Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Systems
University Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS, Canada
Department Department of Industrial Engineering
Application Deadline Aug. 31, 2021
Position Start Date Sep. 15, 2021
  • Post-Doc
  • Health Services/Research & Policy
    Health Services Management
    Health Economics
    Health Administration & Policy
    Biomedical Sciences
    Health Sciences - General


The Health Care Optimization and Analytics Lab, H-COAL (, at Dalhousie University’s Department of Industrial Engineering is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for a 2-year term. The position is funding by Mitacs Accelerate with matching funds from Synaptive Medical.

Synaptive Medical has developed the 0.5 T Evry MRI that is a smaller MRI device that is ideal for brain imaging, and it has the potential to improve outcomes for stroke patients and reduce health system costs. A Synaptive 0.5 T Evry MRI has been installed for research purposes at the Halifax’s Queen Elizabeth II Health Centre (QEII).

The objective of this research will be to evaluate the potential improvement in patient outcomes and cost avoidance to the health system and the patient through the use of the Synaptive 0.5 T Evry MRI for acute stroke patients. The methodology to meet the objective will be carried out in three phases. In the first phase, various patient profiles will be defined for patients that will benefit from this device; this work will be carried out in close collaboration with clinical experts. In the second phase, the profiles identified in phase 1 will be reviewed and their baseline outcomes and costs will be determined; secondly, models of patient outcomes, health system costs and patient/family costs will be developed. The final phase will quantify the potential improvement in patient outcomes and reduction in health system and patient/family costs through the use of the device.

The Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) will carry out all aspects of this project. The PDF will be responsible for obtaining the necessary ethics and data access approvals. They will work in collaboration with NS Health, representatives from Synaptive Medical, and clinicians at QEII.


The ideal candidate must hold a PhD in Epidemiology, Health Administration, Industrial Engineering or a related field. The ideal candidate should have the following:

  • Knowledge of acute stroke
  • Experience working in a hospital setting
  • Knowledge of health care systems
  • Developing models (such as statistical models) of health outcomes
  • Knowledge of health care costing and/or health economics

  • Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Noreen Kamal
    Department of Industrial Engineering
    Dalhousie University
    5269 Morris Street, Room 100
    PO Box 15000
    Halifax, NS B3H 4R2


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