Postdoctoral Fellow - Access to Justice Project

UBC Faculty of Medicine (Division of Social Medicine) is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship with the Access to Justice Project among women, gender non-binary and Two-Spirit people who have experienced gender-based violence. The position will be working with two UBC faculty leads (Dr. Brittany Bingham & Dr. Kate Shannon) and will be remote initially until COVID restrictions ease. The position/ project will be operating out of the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity.

The postdoctoral fellowship is open to candidates with a PhD in public health, public policy, sociology, law, or related field and quantitative and/or qualitative methods with a demonstrated interest in the fields of access to justice, gender-based violence, intersectional feminism, and how these impact health and social outcomes. We are prioritizing BIPOC and gender diverse candidates, as well as other grounded expertise in human rights.

Access to Justice Project: CGSHE at UBC received funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) to initiate the Access to Justice Project, which aims to understand how women, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people who experience ­­­­­gender-based violence (GBV) access safe and responsive justice. The Access to Justice Project takes an intersectional feminist approach to conduct mixed-methods research with GBV survivors across 5 cities in BC:

1. Document the lived experience and community voices of GBV survivors to understand how differing identities of sexual assault survivors experience stigma or discrimination in access to justice, including deciding to report their experience to authorities;

2. Understand how socio-structural factors facilitate or mitigate barriers to responsive justice systems across various settings and jurisdictions both within (e.g. family courts, drug courts, legal aid) and outside justice (e.g. housing, health care), including community-led and strength-based responses, and identify how those experiences vary across and within settings and jurisdictions; and

3. Map innovative strategies and evidence-based actions for operationalizing promotion of responsive justice systems for GBV survivors.

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum PhD within the last 3 years, or near completion
  • Clear understanding of academic research processes acquired through practical or academic experience (e.g. data collection, informed consent)
  • Strong track record in peer review publications
  • Experience with community-based research processes
  • Experience in either qualitative, ethnographic and use of qualitative data software (NVivo) OR/ strong social epidemiological skills and experience in mixed methods research
  • Strong content expertise in access to justice and/or social and structural contexts of gender-based violence 
  • Familiarity with intersectional feminist and decolonizing approaches to research a strong asset 
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Committment to anti-oppression practices 

The one-year UBC postdoctoral fellowship includes a salary of $60,000 CAD plus extended health benefits, or a competitive top-up for those who already hold external salary awards (e.g., Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research). Ample opportunities for professional development, mentorship, and academic and research leadership, publication, and knowledge translation are supported.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting March 1st. Applications should be sent to UBC Program Manager at CGSHE, Arveen Kaur: should include: 

  • Cover letter outlining experience and interests
  • CV
  • 1-2 academic writing samples (where you are the primary/ lead author)
  • Names of three references (at least two must be academic
Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-54907 in all your correspondence about this Postdoctoral Fellow position.

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