Post-Doctoral Fellow in Health Economic and Health Services Research

Application Deadline: 

Until the position is filled
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Health Economic Research Unit
BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join the Health Economic Research Unit (BCCfE, HERU program) on a 2-year term, with potential for extension. 
Applicants should have recently acquired a PhD in economics, statistics, mathematics/operations research, health services research or a related quantitative discipline. A successful applicant should possess demonstrated experience in health economic evaluation and/or econometric analysis; strong quantitative skills, including experience and proficiency using SAS, STATA, R or similar software packages; an aptitude for working collaboratively to meet team and organizational goals; and strong potential for research productivity, securing grant funding and developing an independent research agenda within the BCCfE, HERU program. The successful candidate will receive additional training in a wide range of research methods, while contributing substantially to the development and execution of cutting-edge health economic research. 
The position entails collaborating with the BCCfE, HERU program lead research scientist, Dr. Bohdan Nosyk, and HERU team members in high-value health economic research projects. Specific tasks include leading or contributing to cost-effectiveness analyses, conducting econometric and statistical analyses of health administrative data, preparing manuscripts; presenting research findings at conferences; developing research proposals; and other related activities.
The Health Economic Research Unit at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS is a multidisciplinary team of health economists, statisticians and public health researchers engaged in an international portfolio of leading-edge health economic and health services research projects focusing primarily in HIV/AIDS, substance use disorders and viral hepatitis. BCCfE, HERU program offers outstanding research opportunities, with access to world-class linked administrative databases; a breadth of methodological skills; and a focus on maximizing health outcomes for marginalized populations. BCCfE, HERU program is integrated within the various units of the BCCfE as well as a number of local and provincial stakeholders and policymakers. 
Key projects which the successful applicant may be involved in include:
  • The Localized Economic Modelling project in HIV/AIDS: Funded by an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Drug Abuse, this project aims to develop a novel economic modelling framework to identify optimal combination implementation strategies for six US cities.  The project builds upon a validated economic model with an aim to produce rapid, automated evidence synthesis, integrating findings from emerging public health interventions into real-time disease surveillance systems. 
  • Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside 2nd Generation Strategy (2GS) Evaluation: This project represents a comprehensive, multidimensional, and patient-centered evaluation of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) health care delivery strategy, which focuses improving access to high-quality integrated care for people with multiple concurrent disorders living in Vancouver’s most impoverished neighborhood. The project is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
  • Seek and Treat for the Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS (STOP HIV/AIDS): Funded primarily by the BC Ministry of Health, STOP HIV/AIDS is a province-wide initiative to expand access to HIV testing, care, and treatment for all BC residents, particularly among vulnerable populations. BCCfE, HERU program leads several projects to evaluate the economic and public health impact of this ongoing initiative, which is supported by a comprehensive province-wide linked administrative database of people living with HIV in British Columbia.
The BC-CfE is a world renowned HIV/AIDS research centre with an integrated set of research concentrations in Laboratory Sciences, Clinical Trials, Population Health and Epidemiology, Urban Health, Gender and Sexual Health, Health Economics and Professional Education Programs. A multidisciplinary team of Health Economists, Epidemiologists, Clinical Researchers, Statisticians, Programmers, and Data Analysts work collaboratively within these research concentrations to improve the health of British Columbians with HIV through the development, ongoing monitoring and dissemination of comprehensive research and treatment programs for HIV and related diseases.  
The BCCfE offers competitive salary rates, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Employee benefits include medical, dental, as well as accrued vacation and sick time.
Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Submit CV & a brief cover letter highlighting experience and research interests, including recent published peer reviewed papers, to:
Human Resources Coordinator
BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
608-1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
V6Z 1Y6