Alex Trebek Postdoctoral Fellowship / CIHR Fellowship, AI and Healthcare

Posted on Friday, January 21, 2022

Type: Postdoctoral Fellowship
Start date: Flexible (ideally March 21st, 2022)
Duration: One-year fellowship (renewal possible)
Salary range: $45,000-75,000, plus benefits (based on experience and scope of the position)
Reports to: Dr. Colleen M. Flood, University Research Chair in Health Law and Policy (in collaboration with Dr. Kelly Bronson and Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau)


Fellowship Description 

The AI + Society Initiative is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic Alex Trebek Postdoctoral Fellow to pursue an innovative research program focused on the legal and ethical aspects of health-related artificial intelligence (AI).

The successful candidate will be supervised throughout the postdoctoral fellowship by leading health law, ethics, and law and technology scholars from the University of Ottawa together with an advisory committee of national and international scholars, as part of the new Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue’s Project on AI for Healthy Humans and Environments.  

Applicants are encouraged to propose creative ideas for a postdoctoral fellowship, emphasising how they plan to contribute to new knowledge within the domain of the application of AI to health and health care.  

It is expected that this work will result in a series of joint publications by the end of the fellowship. Research outputs (e.g. policy recommendations and framework proposals) will be disseminated through a series of publications, white papers and other knowledge mobilization activities. The postdoctoral fellowship will focus on research dissemination and knowledge translation both within and outside the academy, and with public and private sector actors 

The successful candidate will be registered as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa and will enjoy all associated privileges. This individual will have a strong background in law and, in addition, it would be helpful but not necessary to have training in ethics and/or policy. 

The successful candidate will also act as project manager the CIHR-funded project “Machine MD: How Should We Regulate AI in Health Care?”. They will help lead an international team of interdisciplinary scholars exploring policy options for the optimal governance of artificial intelligence technologies in health care in Canada. The fellow will be involved in developing case-studies for deeper legal and ethical analysis, and leading report writing.  They will also assist with various other research projects/publications including a scoping review.


About the Projects 

The successful candidate will join the dynamic research community of the AI + Society Initiative at the University of Ottawa, and of its Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue’s Project on AI for Healthy Humans and Environments, as well as of the international team of the CIHR-funded Machine MD project. 

The University of Ottawa has positioned itself as a leader in transdisciplinary research and training for responsible AI for the benefit of Canada and the world. The AI + Society Initiative leads a research agenda for a better understanding and framing of the ethical, legal and societal implications of AI research and its uses, as well as leveraging a transdisciplinary approach to advancing AI methods and tools, with a focus on their responsible applications. 

Co-lead by Dr. Kelly Bronson, Dr. Colleen M. Flood and Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau, the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue’s  Project on AI for Healthy Humans and Environments synergistically brings together leading centres and researchers on AI and proposes research and knowledge translation in the areas of health care, agriculture and the environment. The project aims at developing tools and a framework to support policy makers in Canada and abroad in implementing “smart” changes–ones which support healthier and more sustainable AI-powered healthcare and food production. 

Synergistically, the CIHR-funded Machine MD project, led by Dr. Colleen M. Flood, Dr. Anna Goldenberg, Dr. Teresa Scassa, and Dr. Catherine Régis, is analysing whether the web of uncoordinated existing laws are cumulatively sufficient to protect patients from harms and maximize benefits that may emerge from AI technologies.  


Position Requirements 

  • Doctoral degree in law or allied field (e.g., ethics [social or bioethics], political science, public health) with training in law. The preference will be on candidates with doctorates awarded in the last 5 years, but all candidates will be considered.  
  • Research experience, preferably in law and policy.  
  • English Proficiency. 
  • Excellent writing skills 


Additionally, the following skills will be considered as assets:   

  • Bilingualism (English and French). 
  • Scholarship on the relevant topics.  
  • Experience with knowledge mobilization (translation and exchange). 


Place of work and COVID-19: We are currently working in a hybrid model, but we are expecting to resume in person activities in Fall 2022. We understand each person’s circumstances are unique and will work with the selected candidate to explore the best working conditions for them, including working remotely.


How to apply 

Apply on our Application Portal


The application package should include: 

  • a cover letter, 
  • a complete curriculum vitae, 
  • a one-page (max.) description of research interests relevant for these dual position. 
  • a writing sample of published or unpublished work where the author is the sole or primary author 


Please direct your questions to


The selection committee will start to review applications on February 1st, 2022. Applications will be considered until a successful candidate is found. 

We thank all applicants for their interest. While we are committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all applicants, only those under consideration for the role will be contacted. Please be advised that, due to changes in our funding, management, or organizational needs, we reserve the right to pause or stop a job competition at any stage in the process. Applicants will be notified in a timely manner. 

The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities, as well as members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. 

The cover letter should confirm the immigration status of the candidate. Please note that a hired candidate who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada will need to be able to travel to Canada to obtain their work permit and social insurance number. 

In keeping with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, the University of Ottawa will provide accommodations upon request during the recruitment, selection and assessment process for candidates with a disability. 

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