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Postdoctoral Researcher – Vaccine Evaluation Center

Temporary Full Time

Start date is May 1, 2019, for 1 year

BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Vancouver, BC


The Vaccine Evaluation Center (VEC) at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHRI) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow (PDF) for a one-year position to conduct ethnographic fieldwork and analysis as part of an ongoing project focusing on vaccine confidence and Canadian perinatal health care providers.


This postdoctoral researcher will work under the supervision of Dr. Julie Bettinger and Dr. Devon Greyson to lead and conduct the institutional ethnography portion of a multiple-method qualitative study, funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and Canadian Immunization Research Network.


The overarching study uses three ethnographic methods (interviews, focused ethnography, institutional ethnography) to improve understanding of vaccine hesitancy among regulated Canadian perinatal health care providers (OBGYNs, Family Practitioners, Registered Midwives, Nurses), and to identify optimal interventions for increasing vaccine confidence in these professions.


Responsibilities of the PDF will include: collecting multiple forms of data (documents, observations, interviews), securely managing data in accordance with VEC procedures, analyzing data (in consultation with advisory team), regular reporting on the project, and producing one or more manuscript for publication based on this research.


This position is a good fit for a self-directed and organized researcher who enjoys working with interdisciplinary teams. It will include some travel (e.g., to professional association meetings), but will be primarily based at the VEC.  



  • PhD in anthropology, sociology, information studies, education, public health, or a related field; or MD plus qualitative research experience
  • Experience with ethnographic methods
  • Experience with health research
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be within 5 years of being awarded the Ph.D. degree or 10 years of being awarded the MD or DDS degree


Desired qualifications

  • Training and experience with Institutional Ethnography
  • Familiarity with Registered Midwifery and Obstetrics as practiced in Canada
  • Experience with women’s/reproductive health topics and/or immunization research
  • Successful publication record in health-related journals


Please submit your detailed CV, a summary of research interests and experience, and three letters of reference via email by 22nd February 2019 to:


Betty Wong,


Closing date for applications: 22nd February 2019


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