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MSc: Longitudinal Health Consequences of Bariatric Surgery (REBORN)

Project summary:

The REsearch on Bariatric care for Obesity tReatmeNt (REBORN) study is an ongoing longitudinal of patients undergoing bariatric surgery being conducted at the CIUSSS-NIM, which has one of the largest outpatient bariatric surgery clinics in Canada. The study has a multi-disciplinary investigative team, which includes a variety of stakeholders (researchers, healthcare professionals, patients, and policy makers). A variety of clinical, psychological, behavioural, and medical variables are measured pre-surgery, 6-months post-surgery, and yearly thereafter. The ultimate goal of the study is to understand how bariatric surgery influences physical and mental health over time. The position will be based at the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (http://mbmc-cmcm.ca), which is a collaborative centre between the CIUSSS-NIM Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montreal, Concordia University, and UQAM.

Position summary:

The individual who is selected for this position will be expected to help study PI’s, Drs. Kim Lavoie and Simon Bacon, with the conduct of the study and data analyses. They will also have the opportunity to work with the multidisciplinary investigative team on a variety of study related aspects including:

  • Quantitative methods and analyses
  • Epidemiological analyses
  • Participating in stakeholder engagement activities
  • Systematic reviews, meta-analyses and reporting

Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (e.g., Psychology, Physiology, Kinesiology/Exercise Science, Medicine)
  • A history of research productivity (e.g., honours thesis, conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications)
  • Demonstrated ability in the following:
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Capacity to work autonomously and collaboratively

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience conducting research in health/behavioural data analyses/longitudinal study analyses
  • Experience with advanced statistical methods and ability to work with a variety of analytic software
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new methods and techniques in an applied clinical setting
  • Good oral communication skills in both English and French

Provincial, national and international candidates are encouraged to apply

Start date, Duration, Stipend, and Location

The MSc will start in September 2024 (though there is also the possibility of starting during the summer of 2024); funding has already been received.

The funding package consists of a minimum 2-year stipend (consistent with Fonds de Recherche du Quebec funding levels) plus conference / training funding. For out of province and international candidates there are also tuition waivers potentially available.

The successful candidate will be registered at Concordia University in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology (www.concordia.ca); the actual work would be conducted at the CIUSSS-NIM, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montreal (https://rechercheciusssnim.ca/). Please note that the language of instruction at Concordia is English.

To apply, please forward the following:

  • A complete curriculum vitae, including summary of GPA’s, a full publication list (including hyperlinks where possible) and email contact details for two referees
  • A letter of motivation and statement of research accomplishments and future research goals, which should be no longer than 2 pages.
  • At least one written example of a research focused output, e.g., research article, honours thesis, class-based research paper.

How to apply:

  • The complete application package must be emailed to: apply@mbmc-cmcm.ca. Please include “MSc REBORN” in the subject line.
  • Queries about the application should be sent to either Dr. Lavoie (lavoie.kim@uqam.ca) or Dr. Bacon (simon.bacon@concordia.ca).
  • The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday December 1, 2023, 5 pm ET. Interviews will be conducted in January 2024 and the successful candidate will need to apply to the University by the official application deadline.