Call for Postdoctoral Fellow:
Health Professions Education Research

The Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) at the UBC Faculty of Medicine in Vancouver, Canada invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Professions Education research. This is a one-year funded position, renewable once. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020 – or a date to be mutually agreed upon that is no later than January 1, 2021.

This position will be based in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. CHES provides a community of PhD, MD, and other health professional education researchers from diverse specialties and disciplines, each engaged in collaborative inquiry regarding the many dimensions of health professions education, including: assessment, technical skills, professionalization, self-regulation, and teacher-learner relationships. To promote the success of the potential candidate’s developing research career, the position offers maximal protected time for research, assistance in grant capture, funds for professional meetings, opportunities for productive research collaboration, opportunities for teaching, and mentorship in conducting and disseminating research in health professions education. The postdoctoral fellow will be integrated into the innovation and research processes of the faculty, ensuring a rich environment for fostering excellence in health professions education research.


Faculty research strengths and interests have led to funded programs of health professions education research in which the postdoctoral fellow will participate. This will provide the postdoctoral fellow with opportunities for mentorship and academic development. Master’s students, PhD students, and clinical fellows linked through CHES will provide opportunities for the postdoctoral fellow to develop skills in teaching, mentoring, and supervision. Collaborations on national research teams will provide the experience of working nationally in research in health professions education. Mentorship by faculty with proven success in grant writing, publication, and graduate student supervision will enable the postdoctoral fellow to use her or his expertise and to contribute effectively to the environment of professional education, to develop a research program aligned with her or his interests, and to be mentored to present and publish her or his work. On completion of the fellowship, the fellow will be well prepared for a tenure track faculty position.

Please see the CHES website and faculty biographies to explore potential subject areas, supervisors, collaborators, and mentors with whom the successful applicant might engage.


CHES seeks a postdoctoral fellow who is interested in entering the field of health professions education research. To qualify for the fellowship, applicants must have completed a PhD program in a discipline relevant to the study of health professions education such as education, social sciences, and humanities, or another relevant discipline at a recognized university by the start date.

If the successful candidate has yet to defend, documentation will be required to confirm that defense will be completed before the fellowship start date. All eligible applicants will be considered.

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the following characteristics:

  1. Excellent academic training with creative and collaborative approaches to research.
  2. Skills, expertise, and research interest that will enhance CHES activities.
  3. Long-term potential to contribute to the field of health professions education research in Canada.


Salary: $45,000 Canadian + benefits per year for up to 2 years
Travel: $4,000 per year for up to 2 years


Applications should include:

  1. An updated CV, including all conferred degrees and a list of publications and presentations.
  2. A 2-page (single spaced) letter of intent describing how your research experience, background, and personal attributes will contribute to the scholarship of health professions education through CHES. Please reference the date of your defense.
  3. The names and contact information of three referees; one of whom must be your thesis supervisor.
  4. Copies of all university transcripts. Unofficial copies may be submitted with your application. The successful candidate will be required to submit official transcripts.
  5. Contact information, including your mailing address, email address, and phone number, as well as citizenship or permanent resident status.
  6. (Optional) A 2-page letter detailing any interruptions in your studies or extenuating circumstances that may have impacted your academic record.

Applications should be directed to:
Michelle Huebert
Operations Manager, CHES


The final deadline for applications is February 28, 2020.


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 of Canada will be given priority.

A selection committee will shortlist and interview eligible candidates. The final selection will be made in April 2020.


For more information about CHES, please visit our website. For more information about the Postdoctoral Fellowship, including eligibility, please contact Michelle Huebert, Operations Manager at or 604.822.8578.