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

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be required to apply for externally funded post-doctoral fellowships, such as those from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, for which they are eligible to apply. 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: March 2022 or as soon as possible

COMPENSATION: $55,000 to 65,000 per annum dependent upon experience, 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)


Established in 1965, SFU is consistently named one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities and ranks among Canada’s top 15 research universities in major global and national university ranking systems. It is a comprehensive university that delivers 150 programs to over 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students, with a total of 6569 faculty and staff. Its eight faculties conduct teaching and research across multiple campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities, Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby. Formed in 2005, the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) is a non-departmentalized, interdisciplinary faculty conducting innovative health research and training aimed at improving population and public health. Unique in Canada, FHS faculty’s disciplinary research training span the humanities, social sciences, life sciences, and clinical training. FHS has 45 full-time faculty, 1461 undergraduate and 145 graduate students. With its 90+ partners, FHS offers a vibrant interdisciplinary research environment; in 2018 alone, its researchers have been awarded $7.1 million in new external research funds.


The primary location of research activities is the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU). The BCCSU is a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use. The BCCSU is an academic centre housed within Providence Health Care and the Providence Health Care Research Institute, and is a University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine-approved centre focused on substance use and addiction medicine. The BCCSU seeks to improve the integration of best practices and care across the continuum of substance use through the collaborative development of evidence-based policies, guidelines, and standards through integrated activities of its three core functions: research and evaluation, education and training, and clinical care guidance. In addition to the three main longitudinal cohort studies (V-DUS, ARYS, and ACCESS), the BCCSU also conducts qualitative & ethno-epidemiological research, community based research, clinical research, and program evaluation.


The Vancouver Drug Users Study (V-DUS) is comprised of two harmonized open prospective cohort studies of people who use unregulated drugs in Vancouver, Canada: the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS) and the At-Risk Youth Study (ARYS). VIDUS is one of the longest-running community-recruited prospective cohort studies of people who inject drugs in the world. Since 1996, VIDUS has enrolled more than 2,700 people who inject drugs and currently follows more than 1,000 HIV-negative PWID in Vancouver. ARYS follows street-involved youth who use unregulated drugs and is one of the few cohort studies that successfully follow high-risk youth up to and beyond the time of initiation into injection drug use. Funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), V-DUS is a valuable data resource for a wide range of scientific research that aims to understand high-risk substance use and inform the development of public health policies and interventions to reduce harms associated with substance use. V-DUS has contributed to a number of policy developments, including the expansion of needle exchange and distribution services and the evaluation of Insite, Vancouver's first medically supervised injecting site.

The V-DUS study boasts a globally unique data infrastructure, with decades of longitudinal behavioral data with high retention rates, linkages with several provincial, national and global administrative databases, full harmonization with a sister cohort of HIV-positive people who use drugs (the ACCESS study), and collaboration with qualitative and ethno-epidemiological studies operating in conjunction with V-DUS. Such strong research infrastructure supports an extremely productive research environment that has consistently produced high-quality trainee-led research in respected journals and at conferences. Since March 2015, >70 trainees used the V- DUS cohort data for their research training and published >130 peer-reviewed studies as the lead authors. Further, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who benefited from research training through V-DUS successfully obtained faculty appointments at research-intensive universities, including those in the US such as Brown University and University of California San Diego.

The current V-DUS study aims (that were approved for funding before the COVID-19 pandemic began) are well aligned with research priorities identified by the NIH Office of AIDS Research. It is also part of the NIDA-funded Collaborating Consortium of Cohorts Producing NIDA Opportunities (C3PNO). Since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a public health emergency in BC, V-DUS researchers have also adapted the cohort study procedures to address challenges posed by the pandemic as well as emerging policy developments regarding substance use, including so-called “safe(r) supply” initiatives.

The V-DUS research team maintains a strong commitment to translating our research findings to inform relevant policy and programming. In addition to disseminating study findings at peer-reviewed scientific journals and academic conferences, V-DUS researchers engage in a number of other knowledge translation activities, including disseminating plain language research summaries, issuing media releases, and giving presentations to various community groups, medical practitioners and policy makers.


The V-DUS is led by Principal Investigators (PI’s) Drs. Kanna Hayashi (Assistant Professor at the SFU Faculty of Health Sciences and Research Scientist at the BCCSU) and Kora DeBeck (Associate Professor at the SFU School of Public Policy and Research Scientist at the BCCSU). Under the supervision of and with the support of the PI’s, the primary activities of the Postdoctoral Research Fellow include, but not limited to: developing data-driven manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication, engaging in knowledge translation activities with community partners, writing reports for funders and other stakeholders, and developing and writing research grants. The Fellow will work closely with and receive support from BCCSU leadership and staff, including the extensive data team and data programmers, frontline research staff, and the broader BCCSU. This post will suit recent PhD graduates in a health-related field with strong quantitative research skills who are seeking to advance an academic career in public health and health equity research with a special interest in addressing structural inequities.


  • Contributing to a productive research program with a focus on health equity for people who use unregulated drugs;
  • Leading and co-leading the development of academic outputs, including peer reviewed journal manuscripts and conference and community presentations;
  • Supporting the preparation of research reports and other knowledge translation activities;
  • Supporting, developing, and evaluating strategies that encourage community, researcher, and other stakeholder participation in research activities;
  • Assisting with teaching and mentoring of students, where opportunities arise;
  • Participating in other research and/or teaching activities that the PI’s and Post-Doctoral Fellow identify together and contributing to broader research endeavours of the BCCSU;
  • Keeping current with developments in the area of substance use research;
  • Conforming with ethical standards in research;
  • Assisting the Principal Investigators and Research Manager with various administrative tasks associated with the day-to-day operations of research studies (e.g., grant reporting); and
  • Performing other duties as required.


  • Minimum of a PhD degree in Health or Social Sciences, Epidemiology, Public Health, or a related field;
  • Strong knowledge and research experience in substance use, public health, health services, housing systems or related research fields from a health equity lens;
  • Excellent knowledge and skills in designing, analyzing and interpreting longitudinal health-related data (with a focus on causal inference a plus);
  • 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;
  • Experience in preparing peer-reviewed publications, reports, and communication materials;
  • Understanding of colonization in Canada and ongoing structural inequities;
  • 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 and inclusion issues;
  • Experience in quantitative data analysis software (R preferred) 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


Do you love education, health sciences, and organization? Do you want to make meaningful change for people who use drugs? Do you spend time thinking about process and implementation? We’re seeking lovers of science, engagement and social justice to join the clinical education team at the BC Centre on Substance Use. Come join us! This position can work remotely with periodic need to come into the office, applicant must live in BC. Salary for this position ranges between $77,000 – $100,000. Cover letters are encouraged.


Reporting to the Corporate Director, Strategic and Operational Projects, the Project Manager provides organizational planning, oversight and coordination for the implementation of project(s) of medium to large scope and complexity that may impact multiple sites of the organization and/or partner organizations. Coordinates project activities to ensure project deliverables are completed on time and on budget. Works collaboratively and inspires others to achieve goals and deliverables through facilitation, effective communication of project vision, and ensuring the culture is one in which individual competencies can thrive. Liaises with operational leaders, staff, vendors, and other stakeholders to ensure site(s) readiness and assists with the management of the change at the site(s) level. Leads diverse project team(s) and coordinates related activities. Effectively manages project resources. Communicates with stakeholders, and all levels of staff and management on the scope and status of the project and acts as a resource. Liaises with consultants and other external agencies, as needed. In addition, the Project Manager develops briefing papers, reports, and presentations ensuring the timely and effective implementation of decisions. Participates on committees and working groups as required.

What you will do:
  • Works with other members of the project leadership team to establish detailed project charters, plans, and objectives to outline timelines and project deliverables.
  • Executes project plan according to project methodologies, ensures successful and coordinated completion of project components, facilitates consensus with stakeholders as needed, and ensures readiness for project implementation.
  • Tracks project progress according to project plan, monitors and reports on the status of projects and major issues/obstacles encountered. Makes recommendations regarding project scope changes.
  • Uses best utilization methods to thoroughly monitor and adhere to allocated budgets.
  • Acts as a resource to project team and staff, provides support and maintains project timelines.
  • Contributes to the implementation of effective processes to ensure project success and to assess project risks, identify risk mitigation strategies and monitor risk throughout the life cycle of the project.
  • Meets with stakeholders, explains parameters of project and seeks input from the cross functional team leaders. Works collaboratively with team members to establish roles and responsibilities, identify skills required and supports needed by the team.
  • Discusses timelines for project and directs work of team members as applicable to project. Ensures team members receive applicable orientation and/or training, provides input into recruitment, selection and performance issues and actions discipline, if required.
  • Manages and monitors project budget and liaises with the Director/Manager/Leader (or designate) on variances and/or other issues.
  • Works in collaboration with organizational and project leadership and other stakeholders to develop a process of evaluation for project outcomes, data collection and analysis.
  • Ensures accurate and timely communications to stakeholders including monitoring the communication processes between the project team, and internal and external stakeholders and introducing changes where required. Provides regular status reports to project leadership including reporting on milestones.
  • Develops briefing papers, reports and presentations, researching elements as required, to support timely decision-making and implementation.
  • Participates on a variety of committees and establishes positive working relationships in order to ensure successful outcomes and cooperation from others on the project.
  • Plans and executes handover to operational teams at the conclusion of the project.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

What you bring:

A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Baccalaureate degree in a relevant field and five (5) to seven (7) years’ recent, related experience that includes managing medium to large projects, preferably directly with health care organizations.

Eligible for registration and/or registration with an applicable licensing body may be required depending on project.

Skills and Abilities
  • Comprehensive knowledge of project management concepts, tools and methodologies.
  • Broad knowledge of health care systems including understanding the interface between primary, acute, community, research and academic environments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of best practices for change management and change leadership.
  • Knowledge of budget management, funding and project administration.
  • Knowledge of policies, procedures, rules and regulations and best practices within the sector.
  • Ability to utilize initiative, vision, independent and analytical thinking and creative problem-solving abilities to implement project plans and realize project completion.
  • Ability to interact productively and professionally with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders within a complex interdisciplinary environment including physician, nursing and other health professional communities.
  • Effective facilitation, persuasion and negotiation skills to achieve consensus, resolve conflict and achieve desired outcomes.
  • Proven leadership skills with demonstrated ability to motivate and mentor others.
  • Ability to work effectively under time pressure to meet deadlines, balance work priorities and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Functional knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, project management and database applications.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.


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