Postdoctoral Fellow in the Youth Health Stream

TERM: This appointment will be for a period of one year, with the possibility of extension.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be expected to apply for externally funded post-doctoral fellowships from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, MITACS, and other grant agencies for which they are eligible to apply for funds. Should the Post-Doctoral Fellow be in receipt of externally funded salary support from any of these post-doctoral fellowships, salary will be renegotiated.

JOB START DATE: September 2020

COMPENSATION: $60,000 per annum, as well as health and dental benefits

LOCATION: BC Centre on Substance Use, 400-1045 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2A9 (Given the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the present expectation is that the Fellow will be primarily working from home)


The Fellow will be expected to design and implement studies under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (Dr. Danya Fast), while also contributing to existing studies. Focus will be on qualitative and anthropological research projects with young people who use drugs and those who provide care to this population, including: (1) a longitudinal examination of youth's addiction treatment engagement and trajectories across time in the context of the overdose and COVID-19 crises; and (2) a longitudinal examination of the impacts of a transforming landscape of substance use services and systems of care and control for adolescents and young adults in British Columbia's Lower Mainland. This post will suit recent PhD graduates with strong research skills who are seeking to advance an academic career in public health and health services research. The Fellow will be responsible for preparing grant and fellowship applications, and analysing and writing up existing qualitative data, working under the direction of the Principal Investigator. The Fellow will play a role as needed in coordinating program activities, maintaining research records, and contributing to the management and analysis of qualitative data. The successful candidate will receive additional training in advanced qualitative and anthropological research methods.


The BCCSU is a Vancouver-based provincial resource for evidence-based information and treatment guidance in the field of substance use. In addition to building on the BCCSU's seminal work by cultivating a robust body of evidence in this area, the BCCSU is committed to translating leading edge research into improved substance use care across BC. To this end, the BCCSU develops evidence-based training curricula, program standards, and practice guidelines while networking regional health authorities, researchers, educators, and care providers and other allied care professionals across the province to ensure that research and innovation efficiently reach the communities they are intended to serve.

  • Preparing fellowship and grant applications;
  • Coding and analysing qualitative and ethnographic data using data analysis software;
  • Contributing to and leading the development of academic outputs, including peer-reviewed journal manuscripts and conference and community presentations;
  • Supporting the preparation of research reports and other KT activities;
  • Participating in other research and/or teaching activities that the PI and Post-Doctoral Fellow identify together and contributing to broader research endeavours of the BCCSU;
  • Assisting the Principal Investigator and Research Coordinator with various administrative tasks associated with the day-to-day operations of qualitative research studies (e.g., grant reporting);
  • Liaising with, and coordinating and leading professional meetings among, community organizations, researchers, and other stakeholders;
  • Supporting, developing, and evaluating strategies that encourage community, researcher, and other stakeholder participation in research activities;
  • Developing a network of colleagues, including nationally (in Canada) and internationally;
  • Assisting with teaching and mentoring of students and graduate trainees, where opportunities arise;
  • Keeping current with developments in youth health and in the area of substance use research;
  • Conforming with ethical standards in research; and
  • Performing other duties as required.

  • Minimum of a PhD degree in (Medical) Anthropology, (Medical) Sociology, or Public Health completed within the last 5 years, or near completion with a confirmed defence date;
  • Clear understanding of the academic research process acquired through practical and/or academic experience;
  • Experience in organizing, coordinating, and managing research projects and/or grant-based research programs;
  • Excellent research skills, with an ability to analyse results;
  • Strong understanding of qualitative, ethnographic and/or community based participatory research methods, and experience collecting and reporting qualitative and ethnographic data;
  • Experience in preparing peer-reviewed publications, reports, and communication materials;
  • Strong knowledge and/or experience in youth substance use, public health, health services, housing systems or related research fields;
  • Experience working with affected populations in research activities, including people who use drugs and Indigenous people;
  • Excellent organization, implementation, and networking skills;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • An understanding of and sensitivity to diversity issues;
  • Experience in qualitative data analysis software (NVivo); and
  • Experience in Microsoft Office suite and database management.

Included in your letter of submission:

  • Cover letter outlining experience and interests
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic writing sample
  • Names of three references

  • Cathy Chabot, Youth Health Research Manager
  • BC Centre on Substance Use
  • Email: [email protected]

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will start being reviewed September 1, 2020 until position is filled.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Within the context of a client and family centred model of care and, in accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Providence Health Care, the person promotes a safe, respectful, and civil working environment for patients, residents, families, visitors and staff.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Communications, the Stakeholder Engagement Lead is responsible for coordinating all aspects of projects that engage and support the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), including the priorities of three (3) provincial knowledge holder groups: 1. people with lived and living experience of substance use (PWLE), 2. family members and caregivers affected by substance use, and 3. members of the treatment and recovery community. This position will collaborate with a wide variety of provincial and federal stakeholders.

The Stakeholder Engagement Lead will provide guidance and support to the Associate Director, Communications on a wide range of internal and external partners on how to ensure stakeholders are meaningfully engaged in the BCCSU and substance use-related initiatives across BC. This includes working with all levels of staff to facilitate engagement across multiple departments, thereby ensuring that the needs of stakeholders are prioritized in BCCSU clinical care, education, research development and strategic planning activities. The position will also ensure BCCSU is better able to deliver on its mandate that people affected by substance use in BC are engaged in health system transformation, including health care priority setting, policy decisions, service planning, and delivery at the local, regional, and provincial level.

  • Coordinates and manages logistics in the planning, implementation, and successful completion of relevant projects. Tasks include assisting in work plan development, management of partnerships (internal and external), communications and meetings, monitoring of timelines and budget, production of deliverables, knowledge translation, and sustainability planning.
  • Builds productive relationships with a wide range of provincial partners, including organizations of people who use drugs and their families, recovery programs, regional health authorities, provincial government officials, academic partners, Indigenous community groups and partners, care providers, and the philanthropic community.
  • Works collaboratively and respectfully with stakeholders to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of a province-wide engagement strategy of the relevant project that addresses the needs and goals of stakeholders affected by substance use in BC.
  • Assists in the planning and engagement of a number of stakeholders in strategic planning, and other centre-wide activities.
  • Co-leads, supports, and facilitates knowledge holder committees, which are a part of the BCCSU governance structure. Facilitates the planning processes for committees, including supporting committee members through goal setting, innovation efforts, and workplan development to achieve goals.
  • In collaboration with partners, supports outreach strategies to engage stakeholders and other citizens from diverse communities, including youth, Indigenous Peoples, and people living in rural communities.
  • Travels within the province to support consultation, capacity-building, and local planning efforts across regions in BC.
  • Facilitates stakeholder involvement in and review of BCCSU initiatives. Prepares knowledge translation and information exchange between the BCCSU and stakeholder networks.
  • Plans and manages logistics for meetings, including creating agendas, preparing documents and presentations, arranging travel and accommodation for participants, providing compensation and honoraria for PWLE and Elders, organizing catering and facilities, producing meeting summaries, and following up on action items.
  • Engages health authority leads, clinical care teams, and other key partners in identifying opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders on how to improve substance use care to meet the needs of patients and families. Liaises with partners to ensure that stakeholder needs are prioritized in their respective work plans and initiatives.
  • Supports new partnerships and funding as necessary to support and sustain innovations.
  • Contributes to grant proposal applications. Completes progress reporting to funding agencies, as specified.
  • Communicates effectively with cross-organization and external partners in a timely and clear manner, ensuring that reports, presentations, and communication materials are well-designed, accurate, and appropriate for all audiences.
  • Cultivates a positive, supportive environment for PWLE staff and network members.
  • Participates on relevant BCCSU and health system partner committees.
  • Supports and participates in community-led initiatives as a representative of BCCSU.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Public Health, Public Policy or related field. Master’s Degree is preferred, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of recent, related experience in project management, community capacity-building and facilitating and managing consultation and engagement processes with a wide range of stakeholder groups.
  • Strong understanding of substance use, addiction, and recovery-related issues – including acceptance of harm reduction and abstinence-oriented approaches.
  • Knowledge and/or experience working in public health, community development, substance use and addiction, and health services.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities. Understanding of the direct, intergenerational, socio-economic, and health impacts of colonialism on Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, including relationship-building, negotiation, tactful and diplomatic communication skills, conflict management, and consensus-building.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision required and in collaboration within a group and across groups.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills. Ability to anticipate obstacles, use logic to make conclusions and develop an appropriate course of action. Ability to respond to problems with tact and sensitivity while respecting confidentiality as required.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative. Generates ideas for improvement, suggests innovations, takes advantage of opportunities, and is self-motivated.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and projects, resolve problems in a timely manner, and meet deadlines. Proclivity for planning and organizing tasks efficiently to achieve objectives, with a strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to function within a complex interdisciplinary environment involving policy makers, government officials, and communities affected by substance use.
  • Ability to travel provincially and nationally, if necessary.


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Within the context of a client and family centred model of care and, in accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Providence Health Care, the person promotes a safe, respectful, and civil working environment for patients, residents, families, visitors and staff.

Reporting to the appropriate Director or Program Manager, the Clinical Project Coordinator is responsible for supporting the planning, development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of provincial clinical practice and education initiatives. Coordinates complex project activities across the education and training and clinical care guidance functions of the BCCSU to ensure deliverables are completed on time and on budget. In addition to working closely with the clinical and education teams, works collaboratively with other staff and a number of provincial stakeholders, including Regional Health Authorities and health care professionals who are content experts.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of addiction medicine and/or addiction nursing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of nursing practice, regulation and medical education.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of project management principles and methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement project plans, meet timelines, juggle competing priorities and creatively problem-solve to realize project completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task with attention to detail and awareness of broader structural and institutional issues.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working with health systems partners and building and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of social determinants of health and commitment to addressing the needs of people who are marginalized and face barriers in accessing care.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Experience in or ability to quickly learn computer programs/interfaces.
  • Knowledge of online survey tools.


A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Degree in public health or a related field. Master’s degree is preferred. A minimum of three (3) years recent, related experience in a coordination role, including project management. A minimum of three (3) years of experience working in a health care environment is an asset.

  • Provides project coordination for clinically focused BCCSU projects and resources, may include contributing to ongoing projects with CRISM.
  • Works collaboratively with members of the interdisciplinary team to plan, develop and implement clinical practice and education initiatives designed for improving patient/client care.
  • Works closely with health care professionals who are content experts and other stakeholder groups, to develop clinically relevant materials that are appropriate to the target audience.
  • Tracks project progress according to project plan, monitors and reports on the status of projects and major issues/obstacles encountered.
  • In collaboration with the appropriate Director or Program Manager, makes recommendations regarding project scope changes, rationale for change, seeks consensus and proceeds as needed. Maintains project timelines.
  • Provides advice and consultation in the areas of resource planning, program and health system improvement, and education to support BCCSU initiatives.
  • Gathers, evaluates and synthesizes research evidence to develop and effectively communicate substance use/substance use disorder content through a variety of mediums including; print resources, electronic communication, presentations and social marketing initiatives.
  • Works in tandem with internal stakeholders to support short-term and long-term needs that enable the success of BCCSU clinical initiatives.
  • Collaborates with team and all stakeholders to build relationships that promote the achievement of cooperative goals and contributes to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.
  • Performs other duties as required.


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Reporting to the Associate Director, Communications, this position works in collaboration with BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) communications and clinical teams to support knowledge translation (KT) and knowledge mobilization (KMb) activities.

The role includes translation of findings on evidence-based best practice and research into knowledge products that can be used and delivered through a variety of communications channels (e.g., paper-based, multi-media). The Knowledge Translation Coordinator will support the implementation of multiple clinical and program evaluation projects. The position works with multiple stakeholders to identify knowledge needs and translate these needs into deliverables. Develops programs and materials, facilitates education and training sessions to support sustainable uptake, adoption, and implementation of evidence-based interventions, and evaluates the effectiveness of these knowledge exchange and mobilization activities.

  • Ability to travel for meetings as necessary.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of content design, delivery and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to conduct project evaluation and incorporate into a variety of knowledge exchange products.
  • Ability to synthesize information from stakeholders to inform content design, delivery and communication.
  • Advanced computer skills, including demonstrated familiarity with use of online learning and knowledge exchange platforms.
  • Ability to identify learning needs and develop knowledge exchange strategies/programs.
  • Ability to provide and/or develop resource materials, including educational materials.
  • Ability to apply decision making and analytical skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, and to plan, coordinate, and organize work.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


Bachelor’s Degree in Communications or relevant health care discipline plus two (2) year’s recent, related experience in knowledge translation and communications, project management and facilitating collaboration with a wide range of stakeholder groups. Experience or working knowledge of a range of public health topics including harm reduction, substance use treatment, and social determinants of health. Experience with social media and media planning considered assets.

  • Develops, plans and coordinates knowledge translation and mobilization strategies in collaboration with clinical activities staff and communications team, including web, social media, and other digital channels.
  • Participates in the development and dissemination of related communications and promotional materials to support the translation of findings on evidence-based best practice and research into knowledge (i.e. website content, social media, reports, policy briefs, and plain language summaries).
  • Completes knowledge translation and dissemination for clinical and evaluation projects taking place with community, partners, policy-makers, and general public.
  • Develops and utilizes processes to monitor and evaluate KT and KMb strategies. Supports clinical staff, scientists and leadership in the identification of opportunities to improve service delivery through KT and KMb initiatives.
  • Liaises with stakeholders and experts internally and externally to meet information needs. Incorporates findings into policies, procedures, guidelines, reference materials and learning materials.
  • Liaises with community members and key partners to strengthen connections, share information, and create opportunities for partnership.
  • Works with clinical staff to track, monitor and report on all KT and KMb activities understanding the impact of the strategy and communicating to stakeholders. Produces grant reporting as required.
  • Coordinates and schedules educational activities and community consultations; facilitates sessions both in individual and group settings.
  • Participates in regular meetings with projects leads and management regarding progress and outcomes. Works with leads and managers to develop communication strategy.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


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The Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) provides operational and administrative support to the Principal Investigator(s) and other study staff on both 1) management of a clinical trial evaluating two pharmaceutical treatments for opioid use disorder and 2) quality management support for the clinical research division of the BCCSU. The CRC may support, facilitate, oversee and coordinate multiple clinical research studies and study participant activities including preimplementation activities, sponsor responsibilities i.e. protocol reviews and development, recruiting, screening, enrolling and following study participants, ensuring compliance with study protocols, and supporting the participants through the study process.


The British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction. As a research centre of Providence Health Care Research Institute and a University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine Centre, the BCCSU's vision is to transform substance use policies and care in BC by translating research into education and evidence-based care guidance. By supporting the collaborative development of evidence-based policies, guidelines and standards, the BCCSU seeks to improve the integration of best practices and care across the continuum of substance use, thereby serving all British Columbians. The BCCSU seeks to achieve these goals through integrated activities of its three core functions: research and evaluation, education and training, and clinical care guidance.

The BCCSU values and respects all members of its communities, each of whom individually and collaboratively make a contribution to transforming care, education, training, and research in this area.


The CRC is expected to carry out the following work:

  1. Manages all research activities ensuring regulatory and study start up activities, including liaising with researchers, hospital staff, and other stakeholders, and procuring space, equipment and study materials.
  2. Works directly with investigators to develop, plan and implement study protocols.
  3. Responsible for overseeing and creating the study documents, such as informed consent forms, data collection/ case report forms, study operational manuals, training manuals, and database manuals.
  4. Preparing and submitting REB applications, preparing and obtaining departmental approvals for hospital operational applications and meeting Health Canada regulatory and industry sponsor requirement.
  5. Research proposal and protocol development and implementation. Ensures adherence and expertise to appropriate procedures and practices for patient consent and ethical review in studies by following good clinical practice (GCP); including standard operating procedures (SOP) development, REB applications and meeting Health Canada regulatory and industry sponsor requirements.
  6. Recruits, screens, enrolls and follows study participants, ensuring compliance with study protocols.
  7. Responsible for reporting of project progress.
  8. Oversees and manages all research budgets and ensures appropriate expenditures from accounts, reconciling monthly statements, resolving discrepancies and forecasting budgets.
  9. Responsible for and overseeing the preparation of project related abstracts, posters and presentations for local and national meetings and conferences.
  10. Contributes to the design and creation of communications and public relations tools; coordinates meetings among community, staff, research team, and support staff.
  11. Manages clinical and scientific data for multiple projects utilizing spreadsheets and databases on different platforms such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access-based programs and proprietary web-based applications. The research coordinator integrates related databases, ensuring accuracy and integrity of clinical data. In addition, they manage any discrepancies with support of the investigator.
  12. Develops and implements a clinical research quality management program at an organizational level including risk management, liasing with vendors and monitors, data management, internal policy and procedure development.
  13. Participates in the development and evaluation of competencies for clinical research personnel. Prepares guidance documents, toolkits and templates for clinical research staff. Identifies and makes appropriate changes to training and materials as required based on evaluations, client, stakeholder and peer feedback and observations.
  14. Works and supports investigators to coordinate all other members of team, including co-Investigators, research assistants, therapy lead, and clinical research manager.
  15. Performs other related duties as required.


Working closely with the Research Program Manager and with other members of the research team, the Clinical Research Coordinator ensures that study procedures are performed consistent with the study protocol, applicable hospital procedures, ethical guidelines and regulatory policies. The Clinical Research Coordinator is expected to work in a professional manner exercising poise and discretion especially when dealing with vulnerable patients and their families, and with sensitive medical information. Establishing effective working relationships within the team and with other BCCSU departments is essential in the success of the research program. Inability to establish and foster effective working relationships may affect the integrity of the program and the successful and timely completion of research projects. Confidentiality: Inappropriate disclosure of research participants' personal information would contravene privacy legislation and could result in legal action. Errors in data, reference materials or publications if detected, would result in delays, requiring additional resources to obtain or validate data.


The Clinical Research Coordinator reports to the Principal Investigator and Clinical Research Manager.


Required to work independently on a day-to-day basis. The Clinical Research Manager as well as the Principal Investigator will give direction and collaboration. The candidate is required to interact with faculty, researchers, systems analysts, and support staff in the Centre, and will have contact and work collaboratively with the community agencies and governmental organization as well as other researchers external to the Centre. Good interpersonal skills are essential.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. A Master's degree in an area relevant to health care or other relevant scientific discipline OR minimum 3-5 years working in an academic and/or pharmaceutical area as a senior research associate or research manager, protocol specialist, medical scientific liaison or similar role. CCRP certification as asset. Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working with local community clinics, organizations and populations of people who use drugs. Strong project management skills and experience, including managing external contract research organizations. Experience in conducting and/or managing interdisciplinary local, regional and national research. Previous experience working with local and/or national or international research ethics boards. Experience in the development and/or implementation of electronic data capture system is an asset. In depth knowledge with the concepts of clinical research and clinical trial design, including protocol development, biostatistics and scientific methodologies. Academic, clinical and/or research background in substance use and addiction medicine is preferred.


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