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Post Doctoral Fellow Centre for Urban Health Solut

Competition #:834373

Job Title:Post Doctoral Fellow Centre for Urban Health Solut

Job Category:Research

New Work Type:Full-Time Temporary

Positions Available:1

Union Affiliation:NU

Posted Date:05/12/18

Closing date:20/12/18

Salary Range:$40,000 - $60,000 per annum

Length of Temporary Assignment:12 Months

FTE Assignment (Cas=0.000001):1.0

Applications are invited for a one-year post-doctoral fellow (PDF) in Indigenous Maternal and Child Health as part of the Well Living House at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions (C-UHS), St. Michael’s Hospital.

Well Living House exists to conduct cutting edge, Indigenous-led, community-partnered, applied health research with the goal of nurturing places and spaces where Indigenous children, youth, adults, and elders can find peace, love, and joy.   The centre is built from a foundation of almost two decades of collaborative work between Indigenous health researchers, front line health practitioners and Indigenous community grandparents. 

Under the supervision of the Co-principal Investigator, Dr. Patricia O’Campo, Dr. Janet Smylie and new Investigator Dr. Firestone, the PDF will join the Baby Bundles study (also known as the Kind Faces, Sharing Places: A Multi-Component Demonstration Project Addressing Underlying Causes of Indigenous Maternal and Infant Morbidity and Mortality in Ontario project). The overarching goal of the Baby Bundles project is: to demonstrate the effectiveness and feasibility of a community-based, upstream, Indigenous-led and multicomponent intervention aimed to enhance the health of Indigenous mothers and the integrity and functioning of their families. The Baby Bundles project is being carried out in partnership between the University of Toronto’s Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Well Living House, the Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto (SGMT) and Nishnawbe Homes (NHI).

The successful PDF candidate will be joining the Baby Bundles team during the implementation phase of the project and their primary responsibility will be to lead the monitoring and evaluation of this complex community-based intervention. This exciting opportunity of a PDF will immerse the successful candidate in a unique and highly productive applied Indigenous health equity research environment. 

Description of Duties:

A full time temporary PDF with a background in Indigenous health will be responsible for:

  • leading the implementation of Baby Bundles program evaluation drawing on an Indigenous implementation science approach;
  • leading timely and effective quantitative and qualitative analysis and interpretation of evaluation data; and
  • leading the application and knowledge translation of the study results, including the writing of high-quality academic papers.  

Additional duties include supervision of trainees/staff, grant writing, project management and contributions to manuscript and report writing. The PDF will be responsible for working directly with the principal investigators and community partners to produce a study report and peer-reviewed manuscripts.


  • Highly skilled and motivated researchers with a Ph.D. in public health, epidemiology, sociology, psychology, or a related discipline or health care professionals (i.e. MD, RN, RM) with post-graduate Masters training in public health, epidemiology or community health are invited to apply.
  • Advanced Indigenous community engagement skills and a minimum of five years Indigenous community work or life experience is also required. 
  • An in-depth understanding of First Nations and/or Inuit, and/or Metis knowledge and practice as applied to health and a proficiency in Indigenous research ethics and governance processes. 
  • Candidates should also be able to contribute to an Indigenous cultural safety.
  • Prior public health research methods and health service evaluation experience an asset.
  • Prior evaluation and public health research methods experience an asset.
  • The PhD must have been obtained within five years of hiring.

Benefits are offered as part of the compensation package.