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Job Opportunity - Research Manager, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU
JOB OPPORTUNITY – RESEARCH MANAGER - FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
An experienced Research Manager is needed for a project funded by the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR), “COVID-19 and Indigenous public health sovereignty in British
Columbia: Addressing systemic inequity through community-driven solutions.”
The Research Manager will be responsible for the overall management and coordination of the
project in collaboration with partner First Nations. The project will investigate the following:
COVID-19 Health Governance and Indigenous Territorial Integrity; Coordinating Crises
Responses: Climate change, wildfires, and COVID-19; and Indigenous Approaches to
Community Health Amidst COVID-19.
The main objective of this research is to produce and mobilize knowledge – applying the
learnings from successful First Nations COVID-19 responses (those that produced better health
and health governance outcomes) to mitigate the spread of COVID and improve COVID-19’s
detection and management for self-determined First Nation communities and populations. The
research questions guiding this work are:
1. How did First Nations respond to COVID-19, and did this response lead to greater
Indigenous decision making and territorial authority?
2. Have these Indigenous responses produced better health governance outcomes (or not)
and, if so, how?
3. Is Indigenous territorial integrity measurably better since COVID-19?
4. To what extent did lockdowns keep non-residents out of Indigenous lands?
The project includes a literature review of communicable diseases in Indigenous communities in
British Columbia, interviews and focus groups with partner First Nations communities, and
knowledge translation and dissemination activities.
The Research Manager will help with the development of this CIHR project. This person will
work closely with the project team, Dr. Cliff Atleo, Dr. Dawn Hoogeveen, and Dr. Lyana Patrick,
as well as with First Nations partners around BC and a team of trainees. The applicant will work
under general supervision and will exercise initiative and manage priorities with respect to
deadline and workload planning. Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Coordinate research, training, and knowledge mobilization efforts
2. Liaise with SFU research supports (accounting, research services, ethics, Faculty of
Health Sciences administration) to address project needs
3. Prepare and run meetings, virtually and in person
4. Lead project management, including ethics applications and budgets
5. Write and design content for social media, website, partner communication, and grant
proposals to advance the project
• Master’s or PhD degree in a relevant field (Public Health, Indigenous Studies, Planning,
• Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and conflict management skills
• Excellent interpersonal, communication (both oral and written) and presentation skills
• Excellent project management skills
• Experience working with Indigenous communities
• Lived Indigenous experience, with connections to and engagement with Indigenous
communities, organizations, and/or institutions
• Interest and experience in collaborative community-based research
• Ability to conduct qualitative analyses
Compensation will be at a rate of $35 per hour + benefits for approximately 3 days per week for
1 year with possibility of extension.
WORK LOCATION: Simon Fraser University (Burnaby), flexibility for work from home/other
START DATE: Reviewing applications starting June 30th; open until filled.
Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining why you are interested in this project to:
Dr. Lyana Patrick
Co-Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University