Seeking Indigenous Research Coordinator/Post-doc/Grad RA

We invite applications for an Aboriginal Research Coordinator position (up to 20 hours per week) for the term of one year. Applicants must start by November 1, 2017. For the right candidate we will consider changing this into a .75% FTE Postdoctoral Fellowship (for those with a PhD) or a Graduate Student Research Assistantship.

The successful applicant, under supervision from our Executive and Managing Directors, will facilitate an existing Indigenous Two Spirit Advisory Group of researchers, practitioners, and community members as well as be responsible for the writing of academic peer reviewed and community friendly facts sheets of the findings. They will be responsible for the writing related to complex multi-level analyses of large school-based surveys and LGBTQ disparities in British Columbia. The successful applicant will collaborate with graduate research assistants and be responsible for incorporating advisory council input into SPSS analysis and writing.

Organizational Status:

The Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) is a CIHR- funded team of researchers and community partners advancing research to improve the lives of LGBTQ2S and sexually exploited youth. The successful candidate will have a background in quantitative research and join a productive multi-disciplinary, mixed-methods research group with strong commitments to applied research that influence policy, practice and health.

Work Performed:

Under supervision from the Executive Director and Managing Director, the Research Technician will take on a leadership role in the development of Aboriginal related LGBTQ analysis and implications. The Research Coordinator will:

  • Project managing SARAVYC’s portion of the Indigenous Two Spirit Trends Analysis
  • Facilitating Advisory group members in writing and knowledge translation activities
  • Supervising research assistants and trainees conducting analysis
  • Writing academic papers, press releases, presentations, website content, and info graphics
  • Updating Executive and Managing Directors as well as collaborators at staff meetings, in email correspondence, and in phone conferences

Consequence of Error/Impact of Decision:

The Research Coordinator must possess attention to detail and understanding of data collection and maintenance from a variety of sources. They must also understand appropriate research protocol for Aboriginal community engagement. Failure to maintain attention to detail and conduct work in this context will jeopardize the quality of analysis and future research possibilities with Aboriginal communities.

Supervision Received:

The Principal Investigators Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc and Managing Director will provide supervision.

Supervision Given:

The Research Coordinator will supervise the Research Assistant and make contributions to team meetings at the research centre.

Working Condition:

Research will be located at the School of Nursing research office at Koerner Pavilion, University Hospital, UBC-Vancouver campus so that s/he can work closely with the PI (Dr. Saewyc and Dr. Watson) and other members of the research team as well as access shared data storage services. Additional work and analysis will be completed with partnering organization, the McCreary Centre Society in Vancouver.

Personnel Specifications/Qualifications:

  • Completed a Masters degree (or shortly expect to complete) in a relevant discipline (g. sociology, nursing, psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, public health)
  • Research experience in quantitative research
  • Participation, knowledge of and experience conducting community-based projects with urban and/or rural Aboriginal communities in the Northwest Coast is required
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Aboriginal sexual minority groups and vulnerable youth
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with excellent problem solving and communication skills
  • Willing to work/meet on site at UBC and at the McCreary Centre Society

To apply, please contact SARAVYC’s Managing Director, Jennifer Wolowic ( and submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Recent published peer reviewed papers if applicable
  • Cover letter outlining specific examples of experience and research interests

Applications due October 10. Compensation approximately $25/hour for the Coordinator Role (a postdoctroral fellowship would be a different salary).

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


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