Postdoctoral research fellow – Dermatologic Drug Safety

Applications for a Research Fellowship in the area of Dermatologic Drug Safety are now being accepted.

Researchers at Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto are using administrative health databases to study the safety of medications used to treat skin conditions. Inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, can have a profound impact on people’s lives. While there are several effective treatment options, it is critical to understand those medications’ safety profiles to help patients and clinicians make informed treatment decisions. We use cutting edge pharmacoepidemiology methods to answer research questions important for therapeutic decision-making.

This position will provide a researcher with the opportunity to join an established multi-disciplinary group of researchers. The position will be supervised by Dr. Aaron Drucker, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and Dermatologist and Clinician Scientist at Women’s College Hospital. Dr. Drucker is a leader in epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology for skin diseases. Dr. Drucker works with experts in pharmacoepidemiologic methods, including close collaboration with Dr. Mina Tadrous, PharmD, PhD (Assistant Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto; Investigator, Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN); Adjunct Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute). Focused on evidence-based treatment for skin disease, Dr. Drucker’s team works to inform clinical practice guidelines internationally.

The position will offer a unique postdoctoral training experience. The Fellow will thrive by being flexible, self-motivated, detail-oriented, managing multiple tasks efficiently, and being a team player. Based at Women’s College Hospital, the Fellow will work with a multidisciplinary team including collaborators at Women’s College Hospital, the University of Toronto, and ICES. The Fellow will be encouraged to publish extensively, develop advanced technical skills, and strengthen their research portfolio.

We are seeking a highly motivated epidemiologist or health services researcher with skills in qualitative research methodology. This individual will play a key role in research designed to advance science and inquiry to improve the health and wellness of people with skin disease.

This fellowship opportunity provides funding for one year, with opportunity for renewal. Candidates are expected to:

  • Lead the design, implementation and management of pharmacoepidemiology studies on medications used to treat skin disease;
  • Participate in the preparation of research reports, articles for publication, protocols, and presentations;
  • Disseminate research using traditional methods (publications, presentations) as well as exploring other more novel forums of communications to translate research and make science accessible to the public;
  • Attend and contribute to regular team meetings.


The stipend for this role will be in the range of $65,000-$70,000 per year.

  • PhD or MD completed;
  • Expertise in epidemiology or health services research;
  • Clinical training in dermatology an asset but not essential;
  • Research experience in academic environment;
  • Expertise in designing epidemiologic studies and analyzing quantitative data;
  • Experience with large administrative databases an asset;
  • Record of publications in peer reviewed journals an asset;
  • Exceptional organizational skills;
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills;
  • Excellent computer skills and software expertise (e.g., SAS, R)

Interested applicants to this program should submit:

  • Their CV;
  • A letter summarizing their research interests, career plans, and future research goals;
  • A letter of recommendation from a current or recent supervisor.

For further information about the fellowship program, or to submit your application package, contact: Karen Lau – with “Postdoctoral Fellow Application” in the subject line.