Postdoctoral Fellow in Socias Laboratory

The Fellow will be expected to design and implement studies under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, while also contributing to existing studies. Focus will be on quantitative research projects, including: (1) an administrative-linked cohort study evaluating slow-release oral morphine as opioid agonist therapy; and (2) a cohort study evaluating injectable opioid agonist therapies in Vancouver. This post will suit recent PhD graduates with strong research skills who are seeking to advance an academic career in public health and health services research. The Fellow will be responsible for preparing grant and fellowship applications, and analysing and writing up existing data, working under the direction of the Principal Investigator. The Fellow will play a role as needed in coordinating program activities, maintaining research records, and contributing to the management and analysis of data.

ORGANIZATION:  The BCCSU is a Vancouver-based provincial resource for evidence-based information and treatment guidance in the field of substance use. In addition to building on the BCCSU’s seminal work by cultivating a robust body of evidence in this area, the BCCSU is committed to translating leading edge research into improved substance use care across BC. To this end, the BCCSU develops evidence-based training curricula, program standards, and practice guidelines while networking regional health authorities, researchers, educators, and care providers and other allied care professionals across the province to ensure that research and innovation efficiently reach the communities they are intended to serve.


  • Preparing fellowship and grant applications;
  • Analysing and interpreting survey and administrative data;
  • Contributing to and leading the development of academic outputs, including peer-reviewed journal manuscripts and conference and community presentations;
  • Supporting the preparation of research reports and other KT activities;
  • Participating in other research and/or teaching activities that the PI and Post-Doctoral Fellow identify together and contributing to broader research endeavours of the BCCSU;
  • Assisting the Principal Investigator and Research Coordinator with various administrative tasks associated with the day-to-day operations of research studies (e.g., grant reporting);
  • Liaising with, and coordinating and leading professional meetings among, community organizations, researchers, and other stakeholders;
  • Supporting, developing, and evaluating strategies that encourage community, researcher, and other stakeholder participation in research activities;
  • Developing a network of colleagues, including nationally (in Canada) and internationally;
  • Assisting with teaching and mentoring of students and graduate trainees, where opportunities arise;
  • Keeping current with developments in youth health and in the area of substance use research;
  • Conforming with ethical standards in research; and
  • Performing other duties as required.


  • Minimum of a PhD degree in Public Health or Epidemiology completed within the last 5 years, or near completion with a confirmed defence date;
  • Clear understanding of the academic research process acquired through practical and/or academic experience;
  • Experience in organizing, coordinating, and managing research projects and/or grant-based research programs;
  • Excellent research skills, with an ability to analyse results;
  • Strong understanding of quantitative research methods, and experience working with administrative linked data;
  • Experience in preparing peer-reviewed publications, reports, and communication materials;
  • Strong knowledge and/or experience in substance use, public health, health services, or related research fields;
  • Excellent organization, implementation, and networking skills;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • An understanding of and sensitivity to diversity issues;

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.

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Please mention reference number GPS-56704 in all your correspondence about this Postdoctoral Fellow position.

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