Bear Post-Doctoral Fellow

Faculty of Arts / Faculty of Nursing

Competition No.  -    A107344897
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.


The Black Equity in Alberta Rainforest Initiative (The 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 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. Shirley Anne Tate, Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology and Dr. Vera Caine, Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.

Role and Responsibilities

The Evaluation 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 focus groups on justice systems navigation for Alberta’s African, Carribean, and Black (ACB) peoples with relevant health, social and support service providers.
  • Gather, review and analyse data to be developed into a community asset map including culturally sensitive health, social, supportive services, ACB skills inventory and job/ apprenticeship bank.
  • Support the BEAR’s rigorous stakeholder mapping and engagement process.
  • Compile an asset database showing specific health services available to ACB people, information about assets and skills deficits as well as skills strengths within ACB communities.
  • Support Compute Canada’s development and testing features in the BEAR’s Asset Exchange Solution (AES) using non-confidential information gathered from the systems navigation study.
  • 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:
  • Report on Justice Systems Navigation for ACB people in Alberta
  • Regular progress reports to the BEAR team
  • Report on ACB Asset Exchange Solution
  • 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

  • Data systems knowledge and experience, particularly with the justice system
  • Experience with focus groups and in-depth qualitative interviewing
  • Knowledge of case study research
  • Good writing skills
  • Strong analytical skills

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Community-based research experience
  • Policy Review & Analysis
  • Project Management & Organisation
  • Research & Information Management
  • Data gathering and mapping experience
  • 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. Shirley Tate 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.