Post-Doctoral Fellow

The School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus invites applications for a two-year term position, 0.75 FTE at the rank of Post-Doctoral Fellow. The position may be extended for an additional year by mutual consent. Salary will be $45,000 per year.

The Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) is a 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 qualitative research and health intervention design as well as experience in online communication environments. They will join an award-winning, applied multi-disciplinary, mixed-methods research group. Besides the project listed below, the post-doctoral fellow will also be involved in other assessment and intervention research as needed.

The successful applicant, under supervision from our Executive Director, will lead the development of health behaviour interventions for LGBTQ2S+ youth, including culturally relevant approaches for East Asian, South Asian, and Indigenous young people, as well as interventions for parents. To create the interventions the post-doctoral fellow will lead qualitative portions of in-depth, mixed-methods family studies, with both youth and parents, to identify key topic areas for interventions, and capture cultural diversity in parental responses to LGBTQ2S+ youth. Some of these will be conducted using online focus groups of LGBTQ2S+ youth as well as in person or online focus groups with parents.

The goal of the project is to elicit culturally diverse examples of rejecting and accepting parental behaviours from youth and parents, and create interventions to support parents in supporting their LGBTQ2S+ young people. Another goal is to develop and gather feedback on behavior and health interventions designed for LGBTQ2S+ youth.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Project managing the implementation and analysis of focus groups and intervention development
  • Creating, gathering feedback, and producing intervention materials that inspire behaviour change among diverse LGBTQ2S+ youth
  • Creating, gathering feedback, and producing intervention materials that inspire behaviour change among parents of LGBTQ2S+ youth
  • Supervising research coordinators and assistants conducting participant recruitment, assisting with focus groups, and assisting in intervention development and writing
  • Developing research ethics applications, reports, academic papers, press releases, presentations, and website content
  • Updating Executive and Managing Directors, as well as collaborators at staff meetings, in email correspondence, and in phone conferences
  • Assisting in supervising research assistants working on other qualitative projects at SARAVYC
  • Other activities supporting SARAVYC research projects as required

Job qualifications:

  • Completed a PhD within the last 5 years (or shortly expected to complete) in a relevant discipline (e.g. education, public health, nursing, communications/media, sociology, anthropology)
  • Research record demonstrating experience developing interventions
  • Research record demonstrating qualitative research and awareness of how these methods need to be adapted for online interactions
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience working with LGTBQ2S+ youth and engagement with ethnoculturally diverse populations (East Asian, South Asian, Indigenous)
  • Experience managing others and project management (creating project charters, schedules, project management plans) considered an asset


Applications must be submitted online at to JOB ID 33848 at and should include a cover letter, CV, and qualitative methods writing sample. Applications will be accepted until June 21, 2019. The anticipated start date is July 2019, or a mutually agreed upon date.

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 of Canada will be given priority.