Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity: Health Systems and health equity research

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health,

Toronto, Canada

“A comparative study of pathways to first episode care for psychosis in three ethnic groups.”

Project Description:

The Health Systems and Health Equity Research group at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is seeking one (1) Postdoctoral Fellow. The successful candidate will be part of an established research team exploring pathways to care for first episode psychosis in people of African, Caribbean and European descent. You will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Research Analyst and other members of the study team.

Your primary responsibilities will include the analysis of quantitative pathways data, design and preparation of focus group themes and questions, conducting focus groups, analyzing transcription data and report writing. You will be required to contribute to other grant applications and manuscripts. The position is located at 455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario.


The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in a relevant health sciences or social sciences field with a minimum of 3 years experience. You are familiar with mental health and addictions services research and have experience working with diverse populations. The successful candidate will have previous experience with data collection techniques and management of information – both qualitative and quantitative is required. Experience conducting focus groups, developing thematic coding manuals and analyzing qualitative data thematically is required.

The successful candidate should have the ability to explain complex issues in plain language both verbally and in writing. They will possess strong PC software skills including experience with Microsoft Office, statistical packages (SPSS, SAS), qualitative thematic coding programs (NVivo) and the ability to learn new programs quickly.  The position requires strong interpersonal and communicative (oral/written) skills combined with creative problem-solving skills, flexibility, and self-direction with minimal supervision.  Familiarity with SCID an asset.

This 12-month post-doctoral fellowship appointment is 4 days/week (0.8FTE) and not part of any bargaining unit.  Competitive compensation level.  The application deadline is September 1, 2012 with start date of October 1, 2012.

Please include the names and contact information for 2 references in your application (please indicate your relationship to each reference, e.g. “Ph.D. supervisor”).  Please address your application materials to Principal Investigator:  Dr. Kwame McKenzie and email your application materials to Research Manager:  Please quote “ACE Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship” in the subject line when applying.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

As an employment equity employer CAMH actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities,

women, people with disabilities, (including people who have experienced mental health and

substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.