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Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships

How do modifiable risk factors for dementia relate to cognitive function in the Canadian longitudinal study of aging?

Reference number: 11006
Supervisor: Natalie Phillips

Program description

This study involves the analysis of data collected in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA).

Overall Purpose
The goal is to study the relationship between modifiable risk factors for dementia (Livingston et al., 2020) and cognitive decline in a population study of over 30,000 Canadians. The Fellow will be responsible for data analyses and preparing manuscripts, in collaboration with a team of researchers, under the leadership of Professor Natalie Phillips. The Fellow will interact with team experts who have a broad base of expertise (cognition, dementia, hearing and vision sensory health, frailty, gerontology, etc.) and are located across Canada. The post-doctoral experience will include interdisciplinary networking through teleconferencing and in-person meetings and involvement with the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA).

Skills and Qualifications


  • PhD obtained within the last 4 years
  • Expertise in epidemiology or advanced statistical analysis of large data sets and/or population-based data
  • Sophisticated writing and team communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team


  • Background in psychology, gerontology, or a related health discipline is an asset;
  • Experience using Stata, SAS or similar software
  • Evidence of a proven track record of scholarly activity.

Academic qualifications required

PhD in Epidemiology, Public Health,  Quantitative Psychology (or related).

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
  • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
  • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy


Horizon position is expected to be filled as soon as possible but no later than March 1, 2024.

Submission process

  • All documents must be submitted to Natalie Phillips
  • Please include the reference number with your application

Application checklist

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages)
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to Natalie Phillips


The prestigious two-year Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $50,000 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.

Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment, with state-of-the-art research facilities and many research centers. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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