The H-pod is recruiting a new postdoctoral fellow !


Position title and type

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in health law and artificial intelligence (AI)
Full-time, starting August 2020 for 1 year minimum in Montréal (Canada)

Presentation of Hub Health– Politic, Organizations and Law

The Health Hub – Politic, Organizations and Law (H-POD) is an interdisciplinary research centre located at the University of Montreal that develops cutting-edge research on major challenges faced by modern health systems, including the implementation of artificial intelligence. The H-POD is looking for a postdoctoral research fellow in Law to work on legal questions surrounding AI and digital innovation in health care. Based in Montreal, H-POD is strategically located at the heart of one of the biggest research and innovation AI ecosystems in the world, with more than 300 researchers and doctoral students, 15 000 industrial experts and 11 000 university students enrolled in programs specializing in AI and big data analysis. H-POD is developing innovative and impactful knowledge around the regulation of digital innovations and seeks to tackle important issues raised by AI in health care (e.g. discrimination, exclusion, job replacement and transformation, data governance). This research lab is among the key players orienting AI development and implementation in health systems worldwide, with several of its researchers involved in the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence.

Position description

The postdoctoral research fellow will join an interdisciplinary team involving several professors including the H-POD directors – Professors Catherine Regis and Jean-Louis Denis – as well as more than 15 early career researchers (postdoctoral researchers, and doctoral and master students). The postdoctoral research fellow will be principally attached to the Law faculty of the University of Montreal, which is among the first 100 established Law institutions worldwide (Times Higher Education, November 2019). Within this context, the post-doctoral research fellow will address the following questions:

  • International regulation of AI
  • Legal and ethical issues raised by AI in healthcare
  • The legal framework for learning health systems

Eligibility criteria

  • A doctorate in law related to innovation, digital technologies, AI, public health and other interconnected domains (completed less than 5 years ago or soon-to-be completed –before June 2020)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong capacity to work autonomously and in teams
  • Strong willingness to be academically engaged through publications, participation to internal and external H-POD conferences as well as to the H-POD growth
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or international student or researchers are invited to apply

Additional information

The postdoctorate will be funded up to CAD$ 40,000 per year. Research contracts with national and international partners may be added to this financial contribution. The postdoctoral position would start on the 1st of August 2020 (starting date can be discussed) for a probationary period of one year and could be renewed on the basis of satisfactory results and funding opportunities. Candidates must have their doctorate completed by June 2020 (including the defence of the thesis and the oral examination). The application must be submitted by the 15th of February 2020, with the following documents :

1. Motivation letter of maximum one page (including details of research interests and experience)
2. Most recent university transcripts and proof/dates of completion of doctoral achievements
3. Two examples of recent publications and/or a thesis chapter (in French and / or in English)
4. Curriculum vitae (with a list of publications and experiences in the legal field)
5. Two reference letters
Documents have to be sent in English or in French at :

This content has been updated on 29 November 2019 at 14 h 32 min.