POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN COMPUTATIONAL PSYCHIATRY
(AI IN ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS)
The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta in Edmonton is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow in
computational psychiatry focusing on Electronic Health Records (EHR) in Alberta (Canada) and China. The
successful applicants will participate in research that applies advanced statistical, artificial intelligence (AI) and
machine learning (ML) techniques to large EHR, demographic, admission, drug prescription and claims datasets
of patients with mental disorders. Current and potential projects include symptom clustering across diagnoses and
treatment outcome predictions of mental disorders using machine learning including deep learning. Applicants
must possess a doctoral degree (MD and/or PhD) in relevant disciplines, such as biomedical engineering,
computer science, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, psychiatry, psychology or statistics. Clinical research
experience and strong coding skills in Python, Matlab, R or C are required. A strong track record of refereed
journal publications is desired. Previous experience with natural language processing (NLP) is a plus. Applicants
should have experience working in a team setting and exhibit excellent communication skills (oral and written).
The successful applicants will have the opportunity of supervised access to several public and
government/institution/company owned datasets, including large (over 1 million) and fast-growing (over 200k per
year) EHR and clinical trial data from Alberta and China. In this context, there are excellent opportunities for
shared mentorship and collaboration with several PIs in psychiatry and computer science, including the Alberta
machine intelligence institute (Amii). The successful applicant will play a co-leadership role for several research
projects in computational psychiatry, co-develop and participate in preparation of research grant proposals, assist
in the supervision and training of other personnel including technologists, graduate students, other lab members
and scientific collaborators. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to work directly with our
partners in Alberta Government and Private Sectors, as well as our partners in China (including the largest private
mental hospital corporation with customized AI/ML ready EHR platform). The ideal applicant will exhibit a high
level of motivation to pursue data-driven research in mental disorders, to publish in excellent peer-reviewed
journals, and to seek prestigious fellowships and research awards, as appropriate.
The stipend will be commensurate with the experience of the successful candidate. The position is available
immediately and funding is sufficient to support the initial position for at least two years.
Fluency in English is a requirement and for applicants who did not complete training in an accredited English
language institution, IELTS scores will normally be required as evidence of proficiency.
The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s premiere health-sciences
institutes, and in recent years has ranked among the top 50 medical schools in the Times Higher Education World
University Rankings. The University of Alberta has more than 39,000 students and ranks best places to work in
academia (www.ualberta.ca/about/facts/fast). Excellent opportunities exist for collaborative research with other
disciplines within the Faculty and University and other Faculties, as well as outside the University.
The University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, a vibrant metropolitan area of 1.8M and the provincial capital for
Alberta. This friendly city offers a rich cultural life and diverse recreational opportunities. The campus on which the
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is located is adjacent to the North Saskatchewan River with one of the largest
municipal park systems in North America. Edmonton is approximately 3.5 hours by car from Jasper and from
Banff in the Canadian Rockies.
Candidates should submit a cover letter, a statement of career goals, research interests and vision for research
track if applicable, including a description of research interests; a complete CV (Canadian Common CV is
acceptable) including a summary of graduate thesis research and post-doctoral research (if applicable),
transcripts, and the names and contact information (address, phone number and email address of three referees
Contact Name: Dr. Bo Cao
Address: Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E1
Email address: email@example.com
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will
The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications
from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit; members of visible minority
groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all
those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.