Qualitative Intervention Post-Doctoral Fellow

The University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing (Vancouver, Canada) invites applications for a two-year term position, 0.75 FTE at the rank of Post-Doctoral Fellow. The position can 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. They will join a productive 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. This will include national asynchronous 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 behaviour and health interventions designed for LGBTQ2S+ youth.


  • Project managing the implementation and analysis of focus groups, and intervention development
  • Creating, gathering feedback and producing intervention materials that inspire behavior change among diverse LGBTQ2S+ youth
  • Creating, gathering feedback and producing intervention materials that inspire behavior change among parents of LGBTQ2S+ youth
  • Supervising research assistants and trainees 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



  • Completed a Ph.D. (or shortly expect to complete) in a relevant discipline (e.g. nursing, education, public health)
  • Research record of intervention development and qualitative research
  • Demonstrated understanding regarding working with LGTBQ2S+ and awareness of ethnoculturally diverse populations
  • Experience managing others and project management (creating project charters, schedules, project management plans) considered an asset
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Strong problem-solving mindset, adaptability, and communication skills


To Apply

Please contact SARAVYC’s Managing Director, Jennifer Wolowic (j.wolowic@ubc.ca) and submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Links to recent interventions and published peer reviewed papers
  • Cover letter outlining specific examples of the specified job qualification requirements


Applications will be accepted until April 5, 2019. Start date in Summer 2019.