Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Upstream determinants of effective COVID-19 response

Job Summary

The Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Postdoc) will support professor Peter Berman and a team of faculty members in a CIHR funded research project titled: Upstream determinants of effective COVID-19 response: tools development and application through a case study in British Columbia. The project aims to explore the institutional, organizational, governance, and political factors that influenced the British Columbia public health response to COVID-19. The Postdoc’s tasks will mainly focus on data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis, synthesis and publication.

Organizational Status

This project operates out of the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), Faculty of Medicine, at the Vancouver Campus of the University of British Columbia. The Postdoc will report to Professor Berman and the senior team members, and will collaborate with the Berman Lab Research Manager and the Research Coordinator.

Housed within the Faculty of Medicine, the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) is an innovative unit that encompasses many of the health-related groupings at UBC as a collaborative venture. The School is structured around four divisions: Occupational and Environmental Health; Health Services and Policy; Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Practice; and Health in Populations. The resulting mix of professions and disciplines is seen as a means of connecting individuals and learners to galvanize the relationship between health research, public health and health services and to enhance learning.


The Postdoc will perform the following duties:

  • Perform quantitative and qualitative (interviews) data collection and analysis using statistical software (e.g. STATA) and NVivo, respectively. 
  • Synthesize findings and publish academic articles and reports in collaboration with the team.
  • Prepare abstracts, graphical and textual summaries, and other communications materials and present research findings at conferences and meetings.
  • Maintain bibliographies of references in appropriate academic formats.
  • Responsibly manage confidential data in keeping with BREB approval.
  • Contribute to future funding proposals.
  • Contribute to team meetings and discussions, and perform other duties, as needed.

Consequence of error

This position exercises professional judgment and initiative in determining work methods for assignments. The incumbent is accountable for the efficient completion of tasks. Errors made could delay the timely completion of work, and thus compromise the results of the project. This would impact the credibility of the PI and other research team investigators. The ability to exercise good judgement while navigating both the academic milieu and concurrently engaging with international and external partners, and other research team members is a requirement.

Supervision received

The Postdoc works independently, reports primarily to Professor Berman and receives direction from the senior team members. As well, the Postdoc works closely with the Berman Lab Research Manager, Research Coordinator, and Research Assistant(s).

Supervisen given



  • PhD in a relevant discipline such as public health or public policy.
  • Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experienced in quantitative data analysis with statistical software such as STATA.
  • Experienced in qualitative data collection (interviews, focus groups, etc.) and analysis using NVivo.
  • Proven experience (publications) in research and implementation work in health economics, health policy, public health, or health systems. First author publications preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment.
  • Able to identify and relate to the concerns of others and to exercise good judgment when resolving difficulties.
  • Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail.
Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-55064 in all your correspondence about this Postdoctoral Fellow position.

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