Postdoctoral Fellowship - CEDAR Brain Injury Lab


The candidate will work as a Postdoctoral Fellow on interdisciplinary projects led by Dr. Julia Schmidt at the CEDAR Brain Injury Lab. The position is based at the Rehabilitation Research Program at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, affiliated with the University of British Columbia (Vancouver).

Project and Responsibilities

The main role of the Postdoctoral Fellow is to contribute to a Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant-funded project on peer-support for people with traumatic brain injury:

For this project, the successful candidate will:

  1. Lead project implementation
  2. Coordinate and communicate with the project team through sending email updates and leading project meetings
  3. Ensure data collection and recruitment proceed along the study timeline
  4. Oversee data entry, assist with data processing and analysis, maintain study databases
  5. Mentor graduate students and research assistants
  6. Lead knowledge dissemination activities for various stakeholder groups

The candidate will be supported to actively work on their publication record and present findings at conferences. They will have opportunities to expand their learning and networking through the Rehabilitation Research Program at GF Strong, the department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and the UBC Center for Hip Health and Mobility.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Completion of a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences or related areas
  • Interest and expertise in health and rehabilitation after brain injury
  • Experience in quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills
  • Strong academic writing skills
  • Experience publishing academic journal articles and presenting at conferences
  • Experience working with people with brain injury

Timeline and Hiring Process

The position is for one year, renewable for a second and third year. The preferred start date is January, 2023.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and statement of research interest, curriculum vitae, contact details of two referees, and date of availability to Review of application will begin August 15 and will continue until the position is filled.


About the Rehabilitation Research Program

As British Columbia’s largest rehabilitation centre, GF Strong provides inpatient, outpatient, and outreach rehabilitation services for individuals who have suffered from an acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, or chronic disease. The Rehabilitation Research Program within GF Strong conducts research to improve the lives of those with disabilities and their families. At the Rehabilitation Research Program lab, monthly Productivity Clubs and Lab Meetings are conducted to provide time for trainees and faculty to discuss lab member updates, publications, work environment committee topics, and any other pertinent information. The Productivity Club specifically aims to enhance the publication success rate of students focusing on wheelchair and rehabilitation-related research. The Rehabilitation Research Program hosts an Annual Research Day at GF Strong with presentations and posters from rehabilitation-based trainees, residents, faculty, staff, and a keynote speaker.

More about the Rehabilitation Research Program:

About UBC

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

About UBC’s Faculty of Medicine

The UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and healthcare. Across British Columbia, more than 11,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors, health care professionals and scientists, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

The Faculty of Medicine is comprised of approximately 2,200 administrative support, technical/research and management and professional staff, as well approximately 650 full-time academic and more than 9,000 clinical faculty. Together with its University and Health Authority partners, the Faculty delivers innovative programs and conducts research in the areas of health and life sciences. Faculty, staff, and trainees are located at university campuses, clinical academic campuses in hospital settings and other regionally based centres across the province.

About Vancouver

Vancouver is a dynamic, cosmopolitan and progressive city, consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live in the world. Canada’s third largest city has it all: sea, parks, mountains, beaches, and four seasons per year, including beautiful summers and mild, wet winters with snow in the mountains. It’s the perfect backdrop to academic research.

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.

Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-56446 in all your correspondence about this Postdoctoral Fellow position.

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