Bear Post-Doctoral Fellow

Faculty Of Arts / School of Public Health

Competition No.  -    A107344894
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.


The Black Equity in Alberta Rainforest Initiative (BEAR) is a multi-project initiative undertaken by the Ribbon Rouge Foundation in collaboration with the University of Alberta and NorQuest College. The BEAR is currently recruiting for a one-year Post-Doctoral Fellow specializing in community-based research on social determinants of health to support the BEAR initiative. This position will collaborate extensively with Alberta’s African, Caribbean, Black communities, service organizations, and researchers from the University of Alberta and NorQuest College.

Supervision for the position will be provided by Dr. Denise Spitzer, School of Public Health and Dr. Shirley Anne Tate, Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta.

Role and Responsibilities

  • The Post-Doctoral fellow plays an important role in the BEAR by contributing to quality research outputs, community engagement, and mentorship of research interns. With the guidance of the principal and sub-project co- investigators, and within the bounds of the project requirements, the Fellow will:
  • Design and conduct intersectional scoping studies comprising literature reviews of published and grey literature on HIV related health disparities for African, Black, Caribbean (ACB) peoples.
  • Design, implement and coordinate focus group consultations with health, social, support service workers) and peer interviews to understand and map key concepts underpinning racialized HIV related health disparities and main sources and types of evidence available around Black health inequity in Alberta.
  • Coordinate a PhotoVoice workshop for knowledge mobilisation, documentation and critical reflection on the realities of ACB people living with HIV in Alberta.
  • Undertake and complete a literature review of the Justice system which examines the role of other systems, including social services, healthcare and education, in driving the overrepresentation of ACB identified people in penitentiaries.
  • Recruit participants for ethnographic interviews and complete quantitative case study to document how and why ACB youth experience vulnerabilities related to Alberta’s criminal justice systems
  • Liaise and collaborate with project leads, other interns, and Ribbon Rouge Foundation staff to ensure alignment of projects.
  • Mentor junior researchers as required.
Expected research products include:
  • Scoping Studies comprising literature reviews of published and grey literature
  • Regular progress reports to the BEAR team
  • One or more project reports on the community research aspect of the BEAR initiative.
  • Report on Justice Systems Navigation for ACB people in Alberta
  • At least one academic paper in collaboration with PI and subproject co-investigators.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • The candidate must hold a PhD in Social Sciences or Health Sciences, obtained in the last three years.

 Required Skills & Experience

  • Experience with focus groups and in-depth qualitative interviewing
  • Strong analytical skills

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Community-based research experience
  • Policy Review & Analysis
  • Project Management & Organisation
  • Research & Information Management
  • Online survey development and implementation
  • Experience with participatory visual methods such as Photovoice
  • Experience synthesizing literature
  • Good writing skills
  • Experience with NVIVO or other qualitative data management software

Personal Characteristics

  • Self-motivated individual
  • Agile and goal-getter
  • Strong interpersonal & leadership strengths
  • Collaborative

Application Procedure

Submit your CV and a detailed cover letter outlining a brief statement of research expertise and its relevance to the project to Dr. Denise Spitzer at Please provide two names for references. Applications are due by May 31st, 2021.

Terms and Conditions

This full-time position is available for a period of one year. The fellowship includes the possibility of renewal for a second year, contingent on satisfactory performance and funding availability. The Fellow will receive a yearly salary of $50,000, dependent on qualifications and experience, with some extended health benefits, university office space, use of appropriate computational services, and full access to university libraries.

Of Note: Based on the Ribbon Rouge Foundation’s preferential hiring practices, candidates are reviewed for their fit to job criteria, and also considerations are made to hire preferentially including people who identify as people of African Descent, People of Colour, Black, immigrants, queer, women, transgender, non-binary folkx, people living with HIV, and people living with disabilities.

How to Apply


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.