Postdoctoral Fellows

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Below are a number of SFU Postdoctoral Fellowships that are currently available. This is not an exhaustive list and you are encouraged to reach out to your facutly/department of interest to inquire about available positions.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies does not accept postdoctoral fellowship applications directly. SFU departments are responsible for appointing postdoctoral fellows after this consultation occurs.

Within SFU

Postdoctoral Position: CanTreatCOVID study
Deadline October 15

Postdoctoral Position: CanTreatCovid Study

The Upstream Lab, Faculty of Statistics and Actuarial Science

Deadline: October 15, 2022

Duration: 1 year, full time

Primary Supervisor: Dr. Haolun Shi

The CanTreatCOVID study is an adaptive platform trial to evaluate the out-patient therapeutics for COVID. This is being led by the Upstream Lab in collaboration of several investigators across Canada. At the Upstream Lab, our research is driven by the desire to promote health equity and address social determinants of health.  The Upstream Lab aims to improve the health and well-being of patients by driving upstream action on social determinants, and support the integration of upstream prevention approaches within primary healthcare in Canada and beyond.  

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to support the methods and statistics component of this national adaptive platform trial. This post-doctoral fellow will be supervised by Dr. Haolun Shi (primary supervisor) in the Department of Statistics at Simon Fraser University and Dr. Andrew Pinto in the Upstream Lab and Dr. Jay Park at McMaster University. 

The post-doc will focus on supporting the design and analysis, including simulations, interim analyses and methods including Response Adaptive Randomization. The ideal candidate will have a strong background and interest in clinical trial design , Bayesian statistics, and statistical modelling and simulations. Experience with clinical trials or adaptive trial designs will be an asset. Specific activities of this project will include:
   - Apply advanced knowledge of research methods, particularly in clinical trials or adaptive platform trials in the development/initiation of research goals and objectives
   - Carry out statistical analyses and interpretation of results including interim analysis and draw conclusions for review and incorporate into clinical study reports and presentations
   - Participate in the data safety monitoring board meetings as part of the statistical analysis committee
   - Maintaining communication and supporting knowledge exchange between team members distributed across several provinces
   - Help prepare REB submissions and manuscripts for publication in collaboration with the Principal Investigators and team members.

The post-doctoral fellow will work independently and effectively under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and alongside other team members.

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Biostatistics/Statistics/Epidemiology or expect to complete such a degree. The following qualifications are highly valued: strong background in Bayesian statistics, extensive programming experience in R, excellent written and oral communication skills, evidence of collaborative publication in medical journals. 

All individuals interested in this position must submit a cover letter and CV by the closing date, October 15, 2022 to:


Unity Health Toronto serves patients, residents and clients across the full spectrum of care while investing in world-class research and education. Our commitment to anti-racism, equity and social accountability is essential to our ability to provide exceptional care experiences and to drive research and academic excellence, while our deeply held values of human dignity, compassion, excellence, community and inclusivity drive us to continuously nurture an inclusive environment.

We are committed to creating a workplace culture where everyone feels valued and welcome to be themselves, and where they are empowered to share different perspectives to inspire creativity and innovation. Unity Health encourages applicants to apply who are Indigenous, Black or Racialized, persons with disabilities, people who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

We are committed to accessibility in the candidate application and selection process. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, providing the applicant has met the bona-fide requirements of the vacant position. Applicants are asked to please make their accommodation requirements known when contacted.

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty staff and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Advancing Equity-Based Pandemic Preparedness Through Intersectional Analysis | Application review begins October 15

Advancing Equity-Based Pandemic Preparedness Through Intersectional Analysis

Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and Pacific Institution for Pandemics, Pathogens and Society (PIPPS)

Application review begins: October 15, 2022

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary Range: $64,000 per annum

Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension


The Postdoctoral /Research Fellow will be responsible for playing a key role in implementing the Advancing Equity-Based Pandemic Preparedness Through Intersectional Analysis project (see abstract below), recently funded through a CIHR catalyst grant, as well as contribute to other projects with the Health and Social Inequities Theme of the Pacific Institute for Pandemics, Pathogens and Society (PIPPS). PIPPS is a new research institute at Simon Fraser University (SFU) that aims to position British Columbia as a global leader in preventing, preparing for, and responding to emerging pathogens and major infectious disease events. Research within the Health and Social Inequities Theme will document unequal effects of pandemics and pathogens on priority populations with the aim of informing equitybased policy, and work across PIPPS to ensure the integration of intersectionality-based analysis and training.

The Research Fellow will work closely with project team members, as well the broader PIPPS team. They will be responsible for the following tasks:

• Conducting scoping literature reviews and policy document analysis in line with project goals

• Drafting ethics protocols

• Identifying key informants and conducting interviews

• Analyzing results and writing publications

• Collaborating on and contributing to additional projects within the theme

• Draft outputs and deliverables reporting on research findings (peer reviewed articles, policy briefs, web content, etc.)

• Keep accurate records relating to assigned research activities

• Assist with the preparation and submission of funding proposals and other scholarly applications

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at the PIPPS and stakeholder organizations

• Liaise with stakeholders, community groups and others to identify research priorities and needs

• Develop and implement strategies to engage partners (policymakers, priority populations, etc.) throughout research in a meaningful way

• Develop and implement knowledge translations plans tailored to specific audiences and partners


The Research Associate will demonstrate the following qualifications:

• A completed graduate degree (Masters or PhD) in health sciences or a related area (e.g., Public Policy, Epidemiology, Economics, Political Science, Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology)

• Demonstrated experience (minimum one year) conducting research related to health and/or social inequities

• Demonstrated experience (minimum two year) working with a team to successfully complete projects

• Excellent written and oral communication skills


• A completed PhD in health sciences or a related area (e.g., Public Policy, Epidemiology, Economics, Political Science, Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology)

• Experience conducting primary research applying intersectionality-based approaches

• Excellence in writing for academic and policy audiences

• Experience conducting community engaged research

• Experience liaising with stakeholders from government and non-government organization

• Demonstrated skills working in an organized and self-directed fashion

• Fluent in French


Research Coordinators will demonstrate the following BC Public Service behavioral competencies:

• Information Seeking implies going beyond the questions that are routine or required in the job. It may include “digging” or pressing for exact information; resolution of discrepancies by asking a series of questions; or less-focused environmental “scanning” for potential opportunities or miscellaneous information that may be of future use.

• Analytical Thinking is the ability to comprehend a situation by breaking it down into its components and identifying key or underlying complex issues. It implies the ability to systematically organize and compare the various aspects of a problem or situation, and determine cause-and-effect relationships (“if...then…”) to resolve problems in a sound, decisive manner. Checks to ensure the validity or accuracy of all information.

• Relationship Building is working to build or maintain ethical relationships or networks or contacts with people who are, or may be, potentially helpful in achieving work-related goals and establishing advantages. These people may include customers, clients, counterparts, and colleagues.

• Engaging External Partners is the ability to identify and involve external stakeholders in order to foster long term partnerships.

• Expertise includes the motivation to expand and use technical knowledge or to distribute workrelated knowledge to others.

• Innovation indicates an effort to improve performance by doing or promoting new things, such as introducing a previously unknown or untried solution or procedure to the specific area or organization.

• Problem Solving and Judgement is the ability to analyze problems systematically, organize information, identify key factors, identify underlying causes and generate solutions.

• Results Orientation is a concern for surpassing a standard of excellence. The standard may be one’s own past performance (striving for improvement); an objective measure (achievement 3 orientation); challenging goals that one has set; or even improving or surpassing what has already been done (continuous improvement). Thus, a unique accomplishment also indicates a Results Orientation.

• Self-discovery and awareness means understanding one's thoughts, feelings, values, and background and how they impact the success of the interaction and relationship, or how they may influence one's work. It is recognizing one's own biases by tracing them to their origins, through reflection and by noticing one's own behaviour—and then intentionally seeking a way forward that positively impacts the interaction and relationship. It means maintaining new ways of thinking and acting when situations become difficult or uncertain, or in times of urgency.

• Cultural Agility is the ability to work respectfully, knowledgeably and effectively with Indigenous people and members of other equity-seeking communities. It is noticing and readily adapting to cultural uniqueness in order to create a sense of safety for all. It is openness to unfamiliar experiences, transforming feelings of nervousness or anxiety into curiosity and appreciation. It is examining one's own culture and worldview, and the culture of SFU, and to notice their commonalities, and distinctions with other cultures and worldviews – particularly those of Indigenous peoples. It is recognition of the ways that personal and professional values may conflict or align with those of these communities. It is the capacity to relate to or allow for differing cultural perspectives and being willing to experience a personal shift in perspective.


Please send a cover letter and CV to Review of applications will begin on October 15th 2022.


Like previous pandemics, the effects of COVID-19 have not been experienced equally, with those already experiencing health inequities most effected. Despite concerted efforts to apply genderbased analysis plus (GBA+) within the COVID-19 response, Canada was ill prepared to address the unequal effects of the pandemic due to its lack of adequate consideration of health inequities within pandemic preparedness planning. This project aims to build off of ongoing research on the intersectional effects of COVID-19, to inform equity-based pandemic preparedness through innovative approaches to guidance and monitoring. Learnings from the COVID-19 response will be applied to the following objectives: A) to better understand public health policy opportunities and challenges related to mitigating the unequal effects of health crises in Canada; B) to develop guidance and monitoring tools for integrating intersectional analysis into pandemic preparedness. Applying an intersectional feminist approach, research will include scoping reviews, policy analysis and key informant interviews with civil society and policy actors. Outputs will include an equity matrix monitoring framework for pandemic preparedness and policy guidance on integrating intersectional analysis into preparedness planning. Outcomes will promote greater consideration of intersectional effects on priority populations within pandemic preparedness and improve resilience to future pandemics. Through the evolution and creation of tools focused on intersectional inequities and pandemic preparedness, this work will support systemic and policy changes towards pandemic-ready health systems and policy structures. 

Postdoctoral Position: HIV-1 vaccine research and development
Deadline October 23

Postdoctoral Position: HIV-1 vaccine research and development

The Pantophlet Lab, Faculty of Health Sciences

Deadline: October 23, 2022

The Pantophlet Lab at Simon Fraser University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral position in HIV-1 vaccine research and development for January 2023.

The prospective researcher will focus on the role of B cell and T-follicular helper cell dynamics and immunogen design elements in the priming and promotion of broadly neutralizing antibody responses. One particularly novel aspect of this work will involve the use of animals genetically engineered to produce human-like antibodies, thus providing a surrogate read-out for possible neutralizing antibody responses in humans. This project is aimed to contribute directly to the development of an effective HIV/AIDS vaccine.

Applicants must have demonstrable hands-on experience with multicolor flow cytometry and single cell cloning or high-throughput analyses of immune cell repertoires. Experience with mammalian tissue culture and more general immunology techniques is desirable. All applicants for this position must be within two years of having obtained their PhD and have a proven track record of productivity, with multiple first authorships in notable peer-reviewed internationally recognized journals. Applicants must also have first-class English communication skills (verbal and written) and demonstrated capacity to work autonomously. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a strong work ethic, self-motivation, critical thinking, and superb data management/organizational abilities. Participation in the design/planning of experiments, the drafting of manuscripts for publication, the mentoring of junior trainees, and presentation of research work at relevant conferences is expected. Opportunity will be available for extensive leadership and professional development via the Office for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Salary will be commensurate with stipend levels of a CIHR postdoctoral fellowship, albeit that successful applicants are expected to be sufficiently competitive to apply for external postdoctoral funding (MSFHR, CIHR, etc) within the first 12 months. The post is full-time.

To be considered, applicants should send an email to Dr. Ralph Pantophlet (rpantophlet[at] that includes a clear description of short- and long-term career goals and specifically how joining the Pantophlet Lab fits within these goals; a detailed academic CV; and the names of three academic references.

All applicants meeting the criteria above are encouraged to apply.

Deadline October 31


Deadline: October 31, 2022

Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

The PhD Fellow will be based in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU).  SFU is consistently ranked as Canada’s top comprehensive university.  FHS was established in 2005 and is located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples at the SFU Burnaby campus. The Faculty's mission is to improve the health of individuals and populations, through excellence in interdisciplinary research and education, in partnership with local, national and global communities. The Faculty is committed to social justice, respect for human dignity, and equity. Composed of a diverse and dynamic team of more than 50 multi-disciplinary faculty members, the Faculty also maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, the First Nations Health Authority, research centres, and other health agencies across the province, country and worldwide.

Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society

The PhD Fellow will be affiliated with the Pacific Institute for Pandemics, Pathogens and Society (PIPPS) is an interdisciplinary research institute formed in 2021 to strengthen the capacity of the Province of British Columbia to prepare for, respond to, and recover from major infectious disease events that cause severe impacts to population health and well-being.  Based at SFU, PIPPS supports research themes on Health and Social Inequities, Emerging and Evolving Pathogens and Analytics and Data Science.  The Institute also conducts knowledge translation and rapid evidence reviews.  PIPPS works in close partnership with the BC government, BCCDC, regional health authorities and research-intensive universities across the province.

PhD Fellowship Position

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to existing shortcomings in global health governance including global infectious disease governance.  Many challenges have been longstanding (e.g. poor coordination, power imbalances, need to improve transparency and accountability) while others have emerged from the current pandemic (e.g. commitment to multilateralism, strengthening international legal frameworks).  In addition, there is a growing movement to decolonize global health.  As a result, the global health landscape is in a state of considerable flux.

Despite its status as a “middle power”, Canada has played a notable role in global health governance.  Alongside substantial financial contributions to support global initiatives and infrastructure, Canada has been an active supporter of multilateral institutions to advance collective action. Yet, during this pandemic, there have also been concerns about inconsistencies in policy and action, notably, on the issue of global vaccine equity.

In this context, the aim of this PhD fellowship is to support research training and scholarship that informs Canada’s evolving role in global infectious disease governance.  The focus on the PhD fellowship will be on advancing new knowledge for understanding how Canada might contribute to the rules and process by which shared goals are identified and advanced through collective action among governments and other key players in global health.  This might include analysis, for example, of how Canada is contributing to the negotiation of legal instruments; how Canada’s feminist international assistance policy informs global infectious disease governance; how equity has been operationalized in Canada’s participation in relevant global health institutions; and what bilateral or regional relationships shape Canada’s contributions. Overall, the successful candidate will be expected to undertake research related to Canada’s contribution to preventing, controlling and recovering from major infectious disease events.


The PhD candidate will work under the joint supervision of Dr. Julia Smith and Professor Kelley Lee.  Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor who leads the Health and Social Inequities Theme in PIPPS and the Gender and COVID-19 Project.  Professor Lee is Scientific Co-Director of PIPPS and currently leading the Pandemics and Borders Project.


This is a three-year funded PhD fellowship offering an annual stipend of $21,000.  There may be additional opportunities to contribute to the work of PIPPS as a research fellow.  In addition, graduate students at SFU can apply for competitive funding packages that come from a combination of teaching assistantships, internal scholarships, and external awards.  The successful candidate will be encouraged to apply for external awards with the support of their supervisors.


Candidates will have received training in relevant social science disciplines (notably political economy, political science, international relations/studies, development studies, history, public policy). The ideal applicant will bring knowledge of Canadian foreign policy and, in particular, Canada’s role in global health.  They would also have knowledge of global health governance, more broadly, and an interest in understanding institutional arrangements that support global health policy and practice.

Start Date:  September 2023


There is a two-step process to apply for this PhD fellowship.  Applicants should begin by reviewing the SFU Graduate Studies admission process and requirements (  If the minimum admission requirements are  met, applicants should email the following documents to Neda Zolfaghari ( by October 31, 2022:  a) cover letter describing suitability for this fellowship and research interests; b) curriculum vitae and copy of academic transcripts; and c) names of two academic references.  Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed shortly afterwards by Dr. Julia Smith and Dr. Kelley Lee.

The selected candidate would then be supported to formally apply to SFU for admission as a graduate student in the Faculty of Health Sciences (  The deadline for application for university admission is January 15, 2023.

External to SFU

CAPI Doctoral Fellowship Program: The Intersection of Trade, Environment, and Food Security
Deadline October 11

CAPI Doctoral Fellowship Program – The Intersection of Trade, Environment, and Food Security

Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), based in Ottawa, Ontario

Deadline: October 11, 2022

Dear Ph.D. students and candidates, 

Building on two very successful previous Fellowship Programs, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is pleased to announce it will be conducting its third Doctoral Fellowship Program. CAPI is an independent and non-partisan thinktank, based in Ottawa, Ontario, that is a driving force for dialogue and innovative research to inform future agriculture and agri-food policy decisions in Canada. CAPI has for 17 years provided insight, evidence and balance on emerging issues in the field of agriculture and agri-food.

CAPI proposes that our next Doctoral Fellowship Program develop expertise, original tools and strategies to identify the pressures on Canada’s land base arising from agricultural producers who are reacting to the new more uncertain trade environment, record high commodity prices, climate change and global food security concerns, by innovating and transforming their decision-making. CAPI aims to create a small dynamic, innovative and transdisciplinary research network specializing in this field. The program will run over two years (2022-2024) and will be guided by a mentoring and advisory team of industry, government and academic experts drawn from CAPI’s extensive stakeholder network. CAPI will fund up to four Ph.D. students whose research focuses on either the economic, social, legal or environmental aspect of trade in agriculture and agri-food products, responding to scarcity and the new higher price environment, climate change and global food security concerns both at home and abroad. Each selected researcher will receive $12,000 over 2 years via direct grants, as well as travel costs, as necessary. The outcome of selected projects will contribute to the production of a series of reports by CAPI, which will be published and disseminated broadly to policy makers and various stakeholders. 

Applications from any discipline will be considered, if the applicant is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a Canadian university and the Ph.D. research of the applicant is related to Canadian agriculture, sustainability, international relations and/or food security. Areas of study of the applicants could include, but are not limited to policy, economics, environmental studies, agricultural and biological sciences, geography, law, etc. If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit: 

- An up-to-date curriculum vitae;

- A cover letter demonstrating your interest and qualification in the field of Canadian agriculture, sustainability, international relations, trade and/or food security (no more than one page);

- A signed letter from your supervisor stating their support of your application; and

- Your proposed research project, including objectives, short background information, methodology and expected outcomes (no more than two pages). 

Your application should be sent to Elise Bigley (, no later than Tuesday October 11, 2022. Selected candidates will be notified before late October 2022.

Please refer to the following page for the broader context of CAPI’s project. For further information, or if you have any questions, please write to: We look forward to receiving your application. 

Tyler McCann, CAPI, Managing Director


Call for Proposals – Intersection of Trade, Environment and Food Security

Synopsis of Opportunity The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is looking forward to partially funding up to four Ph.D. students whose research will focus on the intersection of agricultural trade, the environment and food security. The growing connection between trade, the environment and global food security is leading to many research questions. Hence, there is a need for further research and transdisciplinary studies in this field that incorporates multiple lenses and disciplinary perspectives.

Context Commodity markets have been thrown into disarray as a result of the war in Ukraine and rising protectionism and export restrictions as countries grapple with food shortages, rising food prices and civil unrest. Even before the war, the trading environment had become less certain and more unpredictable, compared to the past when rules-based trade was the norm. Given this more unpredictable trading environment, inflationary pressures and climate change, there is a fear that the number of food insecure households around the world will rise. At the same time, countries’ commitments to mitigate climate change are driving up energy costs and putting pressure on agricultural land and producers to increase production while adjusting their farming practices to reduce GHG emissions. Agriculture can be a climate change solutions provider, but it also must produce enough food to feed the world and assure farmers of their livelihoods. With the growing complexity of producing food in today’s environment, how can governments and industry respond with policies and strategies that allow Canada to meet these three goals? 

A Trans-Disciplinary Network of Researchers As a policy research institute, CAPI is looking forward to facilitating dialogue and ultimately to coordinating the production and dissemination of reports dedicated to this topic. A transdisciplinary approach, which will include expertise of a multidisciplinary team merged with practitioners, to trade, environment and food security related research is critical to not only the future of agricultural production but also to enhancing the quality of life in Canada. 

In order to encourage innovative and multi-disciplinary learnings, CAPI is seeking a set of Ph.D. students from the natural, social, environmental or political sciences or international affairs, with diverse specialties related to agriculture and food, such as policy, economics, law, environmental studies etc. CAPI, as a partner to this project, will (1) provide the necessary venue for transdisciplinary research and networking and interaction with leading experts, drawn from CAPI’s network who can mentor and provide feedback, and (2) take research results to policy makers and stakeholders towards integration of knowledge into policy and strategy development.

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute is an independent policy think tank focusing solely on the agri-food sector, bringing insight, evidence and creative solutions to agri-food policy makers by creating venues for critical conversations, explaining research results to a broader audience, and being a connecter between those who have creative ideas to contribute, and those who are making impactful policy decisions. For more information, visit:

RBC Foundation – Tech for Nature The 2022-2024 CAPI Doctoral Fellowship Program is supported by the RBC Foundation through RBC Tech for Nature and part of CAPI’s larger environmental initiative, Spearheading Sustainable Solutions. Together with RBC Tech for Nature, the 2022-2024 CAPI Doctoral Fellowship Program will elevate Canada’s capacity for agricultural policy development, exploring the intersection of trade, environment and food security. 

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