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Post-doctoral Fellowship, Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative


We are seeking a candidate to fulfill a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship to complement the team at the Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative (OBC CRI). The OBC CRI has been funded until March of 2006 with the possibility of funding extension beyond that date. The OBC CRI comprises an exceptional and unique group of research programs that emphasize partnership, consultation, knowledge dissemination and policy application about women's lived experience with breast cancer. The initiative has been formed as a partnership between the Psychosocial and Behavioural Research Unit (Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre), the Centre for Research in Women's Health (Sunnybrook & Women's Health Sciences Centre), and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Ontario Chapter. The initiative focuses on 'building capacity' in the area of women's cancers by providing a context in which early career social scientists and post-doctoral fellows can evolve into committed, skilled investigators of the real-life issues facing women with breast cancer.
The Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative and its partners are strongly committed to an approach to research that emphasizes substantive involvement of women with breast cancer and community cancer organizations. We are also committed to ensuring that research outcomes are actively disseminated using innovative and arts-based as well as conventional strategies to a variety of audiences, including breast-cancer survivors, community- based cancer organizations, health professionals, academic peers, policy makers, women's health organizations and the broader public.



This four days per week position is open to an individual with a recently completed PhD who has a background relevant to women's health issues. The successful candidate should be interested in community-based participatory research approaches, community-health projects, and qualitative methods. Strong writing and verbal communication skills are required and there should be demonstrated promise of excellence in scholarly research and publication. This position will provide the opportunity to advance learning about community-based participatory action research, qualitative methods, and arts-informed approaches to data analysis and dissemination, working with a cadre of experienced social scientists. Research conducted during the tenure of this fellowship will fit with the strategic directions of the OBC CRI.



The successful post-doctoral candidate will be awarded $42,000 per year for two years. This individual will also receive $3,000 per year for project-related expenses and travel. Please submit a curriculum vitae, a covering letter and one sample of written work by May 20, 2003 to



Dr. Ross Gray

Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative

790 Bay Street, Suite 950

Toronto, ON M5G 1N8

[email protected]