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Call for Applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Aboriginal Health

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The Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC) is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a multi-institutional, research project titled “Acting Out! But in a Good Way.” IPHRC past Postdoctoral Fellows have been successful in going on to secure employment in Canadian and U.S. universities and in health organizations.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work in a sub-project of a larger project Iyiniw-Oskâtisak Pamihisowak: Using Indigenous Knowledge For A Healthier Aboriginal Youth described in the attached summary and funded by a Phase 3 Health Research Group Grant from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF). This fellowship will provide a stipend and research allowance to a PDF who will support and contribute to this project. For further information on the project, please refer to the project website: actingout.iphrc.ca.

Please note that this research will be conducted in partnership with Aboriginal communities and emphasize knowledge translation and capacity building in Aboriginal health research by individuals, communities, and institutions. Successful candidates must either be a Saskatchewan resident or be willing to relocate to Saskatchewan. The research will take place in Prince Albert and LaRonge.

Position Description/Responsibilities: The successful candidate will join an established team of Aboriginal health researchers who utilize a mixed-methods approach to research that includes community-based participatory, Indigenous, arts-based, and qualitative approaches. The PDF will have an opportunity to hone her or his skills in research by participating in data collection, analysis, and dissemination. The project will also provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to learn about research project management by managing a project at one site. The project will also provide an opportunity to participate in grant writing and build her or his CV by writing for publication.

Eligibility requirements: Applicants must have completed Ph.D. within 5 years of applying, have knowledge of the issues germane to Aboriginal peoples’ health, and have a demonstrated ability to carry out productive research. Candidates from a wide array of disciplines will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience working successfully within Aboriginal communities. The successful candidate must have a valid drivers licence and be willing to travel to research sites.

Duration: 1 year with a possibility of renewal

Amount of Award: $50,000.00 plus a $5,000 research allowance

Deadline: Open until filled.

The application package should include:

  1. Covering letter;
  2. A description of how the proposed research plan will fit within the larger research project (2 pages maximum);
  3. Curriculum vitae;
  4. Two confidential letters of support to be sent directly to jo-ann.episkenew@uregina.ca from individuals who can comment on the candidate’s research ability and relevant work experiences, especially within the Aboriginal community;
  5. Official post-secondary transcripts and degree certificates;
  6. Proof of work/study permit (as appropriate);
  7. Copy of published articles.

Please send your application package to:

Prof. Jo-Ann Episkenew, Ph.D.
Director
Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre
CK115, University of Regina
Jo-Ann.Episkenew@uregina.ca
(306) 337-3318

Summary

Iyiniw-Oskâtisak Pamihisowak: Using Indigenous Knowledge For A Healthier Aboriginal Youth

The health of Aboriginal peoples in Canada ranks alarmingly low in a variety of indicators. These measures paint a bleak picture for Aboriginal youth, especially in rural and remote areas. Wide gaps in Aboriginal youth health research exist, particularly in regard to culturally-relevant research methodologies, capacity building, and policy formulation. The main purpose of this group grant is to give continuity to and expand on the work of the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC) in the area of Aboriginal health, with an emphasis on Aboriginal youth health. The proposed research seeks to capitalize on existing work done by the IPHRC to develop culturally-appropriate, cost-effective health interventions among Aboriginal youth using Indigenous and arts-based methods. Objectives for this phase are to a) expand arts-based health interventions targeting Aboriginal youth to rural and remote Saskatchewan communities; b) refine and advance research methodologies dealing with Aboriginal youth health and formulate best practices for future research; and c) increase existing Aboriginal health capacity by providing health advocacy and research training to and support for a cohort of Aboriginal youth who will have a positive impact on the health of their communities. Long term objectives are to d) formulate culturally-relevant public policies at the provincial and national level that will improve the health of Aboriginal peoples in remote regions, with particular emphasis on youth; and e) establish synergies between a diverse and multidisciplinary group of scholars so that they can successfully apply to Tri-Council, national, and international funding sources for further research with Aboriginal youth regarding health.

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