Applications are invited for a 1-year term Postdoctoral Fellow position with possible extension.
This is a unique opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute to the development and data analysis of national survey which aims to provide crucial evidence to inform health policy, system and service leaders and regulators charged with providing equitable, free-of harassment, and high quality nation-wide access to abortion services.
The Canadian medical and surgical Abortion Provider Survey (CAPS) is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded 4 year project officially started in April 2019 with 3 key activities:
- Activity 1: Document the change in characteristics and distribution of the abortion care workforce since the 2012 Canadian Abortion Provider Survey;
- Activity 2: Assess the quality of care i.e. characteristics of actual abortion practises as compared to the revised Canadian clinical practice guidelines, in both medical and surgical abortion practices and;
- Activity 3: Determine to what extent providers experience harassment and stigma in their work and explore their related resilience and retention
Under the direction of Dr. Regina Renner (primary supervisor) and Dr. Wendy Norman (Co-investigator), the successful candidate will coordinate the entire study from planning, survey development, pilot testing, survey distribution, data collection, analysis to knowledge translation activities and paper writing. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with the UBC Contraception & Abortion Research Team (CART) and relevant stakeholders and partners to attain the three project goals. The successful candidate will have a strong background in Social / Health Sciences, and will demonstrate a commitment to implementing a survey that effectively measures the impact of recent health policy changes (i.e. availability of mifepristone in 2017 and empowerment of nurse practitioners to perform medical abortion) on the characteristics and distribution of the Canadian abortion care workforce since the 2012 Canadian Abortion Provider Survey. The candidate will embrace the concepts of community engagement, consultation, partnership and self-determination. This position requires a high level of independence, interpersonal skills, and knowledge about the latest abortion policies and service provider guidelines.
The Post-doctoral fellow will develop a research plan with the goal of conducting the survey and analyzing the collected data that will inform health policy and service leaders, and the work may lead to an expansion of access to abortion care (urban vs. rural), credentialing of multidisciplinary providers, updates of guidelines as a few examples.
CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR
The incumbent exercises professional judgment and initiative in the overall contribution to CAPS research activities. Insufficient progress and accuracy in research could lead to project delays for all aspects of the CAPS Project that are dependent on timely execution of planned activities. Errors in data collection and communications could lead to presentation of erroneous information, which would damage project credibility. Full understanding and compliance with current standard Canadian guidelines on research, and access to Information and Protection of Privacy act are required.
The incumbent is required to use a high degree of initiative and professional judgement in carrying out responsibilities. Dr. Regina Renner and Dr. Wendy Norman will supervise the PDF and will provide resources to support the PDF's research activities.
The incumbent will have supervisory responsibilities for directly related projects, training and supervising research assistants, students and volunteers involved locally in the project as needed.
The nature of the research to be undertaken includes:
- To lead and monitor the implementation of an extensive survey instrument on abortion provider demographics and their clinical practice as well as their experience with stigma across Canada: Canadian Abortion Provider Survey (CAPS).
- To lead the data analysis of the multiple components of the survey.
- To engage with a multidisciplinary team of coinvestigators and collaborators in order to optimize our recruitment across Canada and across multiple healthcare professional groups including physicians, nurses and midwives.
- To support the evaluation of integrated knowledge translation interactions with knowledge users and stakeholders, and any associated health system improvements during the project
- To facilitate the continuous dialogue engaging health system decision-makers, healthcare providers, researchers and trainees, identify health policy, system, service and access gaps and opportunities, to evaluate alignment with research activities and to develop strategies to promote uptake of research findings for health system, policy and service improvement. To develop knowledge translation framework for assessing implementation issues and women's health
- To develop grant applications to support future research studies in the area of implementation and knowledge translation research
- Performing a comprehensive review of relevant literature and other sources, and producing literature summaries as required to other team members relevant to specific topics
- Presenting findings at local, national and international meetings where relevant
- Leading manuscript writing and contributing to manuscripts of relevance to CAPS
- Preparing communication materials for community members and other stakeholders as the project unfolds
- Performing other related duties as per Drs. Renner and Norman
QUALIFICATIONS and SKILLS
- PhD degree in a relevant area (or equivalent professional degree, such as MD and relevant experience)
- Research experience in the field of Gender and Healthcare, policy, and/or law
- Keen interest in abortion research, previous work experience with survey development and analysis
- The knowledge of the Canadian policies related to the health research is a bonus. Experience in policy development is an asset.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to use both professional and lay language in communication
- Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods and qualitative data analysis (e.g. NVIVO) would be an asset.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including Indigenous organizations, communities, researchers, policy-makers and the public
- Excellent organizational and time-management skills, including experience working with interdisciplinary teams, proficiency with MS Office and referencing software (e.g. Endnotes) are required.
- Ability to ensure timely completion of tasks by adjusting priorities as required
- Proven ability to work in a confidential environment and to work effectively in independent and collaborative team environments.
- Successful completion of Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 (TCPS2) tutorial.
- Candidate should be willing to travel on occasion.
The anticipated start date would be May 1st, 2020. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.