Research Opportunity: Post-doctoral fellowship in Indigenous Workplace Studies, EPID@Work, Thunder Bay Campus

Post-doctoral fellowship in Indigenous Workplace Studies, Thunder Bay Campus

Category: Post-doctoral fellow

Administrative/Staff Positions - Thunder Bay Campus

Department: EPID@Work Research Institute

Application Deadline: Open until filled, will start reviewing applications on August 24, 2020

Start Date: as early as September 14, 2020

Post-doctoral fellowship

Thunder Bay Campus

 Full-time, one-year with possibility of renewal up to two years in duration

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a solid research background in mixed methods and Indigenous research methodologies, occupational health and/or public health with a strong interest in Indigenous research. Funding for this position is made available through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This position is available under the leadership of Dr. Vicki Kristman, Director, Enhancing the Prevention of Injury and Disability (EPID) @ Work Research Institute, and in association with the Department of Health Sciences, Lakehead University. This fellowship offers the opportunity to gain and contribute knowledge to the area of Indigenous workplace health.


The fellow will have the opportunity for active research mentoring and manuscript and grant writing.  Responsibilities include engagement of First Nations communities, study coordination and supervision of personnel, participant recruitment, conducting focus groups, statistical analyses and/or qualitative data analyses, and manuscript/grant preparations. Applicants must have completed a PhD in a relevant discipline. Experience working with Indigenous communities is a strong asset. Multiple-year appointment is dependent on satisfactory performance.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Develop and implement work plans for current and new research projects as well as coordinate, oversee and execute study procedures and research protocols.
  • Apply for funding (award applications) to local, provincial, and/or national research agencies.
  • Collect, clean, and analyze data.
  • Write, prepare, edit, and format manuscripts for publications and grant applications.
  • Publish original research results obtained during tenure in appropriate journals and other recognized media.
  • Prepare presentations and posters relating to research.
  • Attend scientific conferences agreed upon in collaboration with Dr. Kristman to present results (subject to the availability of travel funds).
  • Support and provide consultation to other research staff.
  • Conduct literature reviews and other background research for manuscript and grant writing.
  • Discuss research findings with research team, collaborative partners, other researchers, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with the EPID@Work scientific team and Indigenous partners.
  • Participate in training and educational activities.
  • Supervision of students may be required.



  • A Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree with an emphasis on Indigenous occupational health.
  • Prior experience working with Indigenous populations preferred.
  • Current knowledge of and experience with research design, research methodologies, participant recruitment and testing, data analysis, and risk assessments.
  • Advanced statistical training and knowledge of statistical software packages and/or advanced qualitative analysis and knowledge of qualitative analytic software (i.e. NVIVO).
  • Evidence of experience in preparation and publication of manuscripts; strong technical writing skills.
  • Results oriented work ethic to work independently and undertake tasks needed to accomplish work objectives and deliver quality, consistent and timely results.
  • Demonstrated leadership, conflict resolution, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to adapt readily to change.
  • Models and promotes core ethical practice, and reflects an optimistic and positive attitude.


Candidates should send their full curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a one-page cover letter outlining their interests and career goals, two academic references, and representative publications to:


Kara Polson

EPID@Work Research Institute

Lakehead University,

955 Oliver Road,

Thunder Bay ON

P7B 5E1, Canada


The competition will remain open until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed starting on August 24, 2020.

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  Lakehead University is committed to an environment of open access to employment opportunities. Accommodations are available for all applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at (807) 343-8334. We appreciate your interest; however, we will only notify those selected for an interview.