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Postdoctoral Fellow 
Posted: 04/09/2014 8:16:24 AM

Postdoctoral Fellow - Sunnybrook Research Institute

The Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) is seeking an experienced Postdoctoral Fellow for one year with the possibility of renewal.  A competitive stipend is commensurate with experience and credentials.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will support a comprehensive analysis of health policy factors that impact cancer screening among First Nations and Métis communities. This analysis will form one component of a complex three year research project, which is co-led by the SRI and Cancer Care Ontario, and funded through the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. The project, entitled Improving Cancer Screening among First Nations (FN) and Métis Communities, will culminate in a comprehensive action plan to improve cancer screening among FN and Métis communities in Ontario. This action plan will be developed in close partnership with stakeholders including key FN and Métis, federal, provincial and regional and local knowledge-users.

The position will report to the research project manager and principal investigators for this study. The primary research supervisor sits at the University of Toronto's Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Search, select, review and analyze relevant scientific literature and policy-relevant documents.
  • Identify and recruit potential interviewees, including: FN and Métis leaders at national, provincial, regional and community levels; health care administrators; FN and Métis community members; national, provincial, regional health policy makers; and Aboriginal health legal experts.
  • Develop interview guides and conduct in-depth key informant interviews.
  • Organize process and analyze qualitative data from key informant interviews.
  • Handle and protect study data according to relevant protocols and regulations.
  • Prepare manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals and prepare accessible reports, summaries and updates
  • Attend and participate in meetings with scientists, policy makers and community leaders.
  • Work respectfully/cooperatively with research team and project Expert Advisory Panel of FN and Métis knowledge users
  • Create and maintain accessible and reliable filing systems and databases.


  • Knowledge of or experience working with First Nation/Inuit/Métis (FNIM) communities and/or health policy and socio-economic issues is a fundamental requirement.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of FNIM histories, cultures, governance structures, protocols, organizations, communities and geographic territories is a preferred asset.
  • A PhD in health policy, public health, health science, social or behavioural science, including formal training in the theory and methodology of qualitative research.
  • A minimum of 3 years of full time research experience (or part-time equivalent), of which at least 2 years (or part-time equivalent) must be conducting qualitative research in the area of health (can include research conducted for PhD).
  • Experience recruiting research participants and conducting in-depth interviews.
  • Experience transcribing, organizing, processing and analyzing qualitative data.
  • Experience conducting literature reviews (refining search questions, developing search strategies, extracting and analyzing data).
  • Demonstrated experience writing reports and preparing manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Knowledge of research ethics principles and experience implementing ethics regulations and procedures in an Indigenous research context (e.g. familiarity with OCAP principles).
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and organizational skills, independent judgment and diplomacy; discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information; ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines; ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent command of MS Office software and working knowledge of NVIVO or equivalent software.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit their application (Up to 3-page résumé plus cover letter as a single pdf file) by 5pm on May 2nd, 2014. Please include "Postdoctoral Fellow Position - Cancer Screening among FN/M" in the subject line. 

Please email your application to

We thank you in advance for your interest.  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.