Social Epidemiologist

Position Type: Full-time, Indeterminate-Term
Annual Salary: $80,000 – $90,000, dependent on experience
Schedule: 37.5 hours weekly – regular working hours are 9am-5pm in your local time zone (flexible)
Start Date: April 1, 2024 (exact date flexible)
Location: Remote, within Canada
Language: Primary working language is English; French language skills are an asset (please indicate language skills in your cover letter or resume).
Reports to: Associate Director of Research
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 7, 2024 11:59pm PT
Status: Closed

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development. CBRC’s core pillars – community-led research, knowledge exchange, network building, and leadership development – position the organization as a thought leader, transforming ideas into actions that make a difference in our communities. CBRC was incorporated in 1999 and is a non-profit charitable organization. Our main office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and we also have satellite offices located in Edmonton, Toronto, and Halifax.

CBRC believes in work led by and for the community. As part of our commitment to employment equity, we encourage applications from Indigenous, Black and people of colour (IBPOC) individuals, Two-Spirit people, queer, trans and non-binary people, people living with HIV, people living with Hepatitis C, disabled people, 2SLGBTQQIA+ women, and other people with fabulous and diverse identities and experiences. CBRC acknowledges that not everyone is able to publicly disclose these identities, and we do not expect that employees will disclose this in the course of their work. At CBRC, we recognize that some applicants have experienced barriers to traditional educational and employment opportunities. We consider various combinations of education, employment, volunteer, and lived experience and encourage applicants to highlight these experiences in their cover letter and resume.


While this position is considered permanent (i.e. indeterminate-term), please note that the continuity of all roles is contingent on sustainable funding.

We are seeking a passionate and skilled social epidemiologist to co-lead CBRC’s growing quantitative population health research program. This includes the long-standing Sex Now survey with 2S/GBTQ men and non-binary people focused on HIV and sexual health as well as the Our Health community health study with all 2S/LGBTQQIA+ communities. This position will be a core member of the CBRC Research & Evaluation team, working closely with the CBRC team, our affiliate university-based researchers, and our community partner organizations across the country.

Primary Job Responsibilities

Approximate percentages of time spent on each activity (averaged over 1 month) are provided as an estimate only, but this may develop over time.

  • (30%) – Co-lead the development of quantitative grant and contract proposals, study protocols, data collection tools, and analysis plans that centre community-based research principles and uphold relevant theories and frameworks (e.g., intersectionality, minority stress theory, social ecology, syndemics)
  • (30%) – Develop, manage, and follow processes for research staff, data analysts, community partners, and graduate trainees to implement analysis plans from conceptualization to completion, including the review of data cleaning, linkage, and analysis code and outputs for technical accuracy.
  • (25%) – Write and review research outputs (e.g., reports, manuscripts) and develop and maintain data visualization dashboards (e.g. Our Stats; Our Health, Our Data) considering relevant public health theory and practice.
  • (15%) – Co-lead capacity-building efforts with CBRC staff, affiliate university-based researchers, and community trainees related to quantitative research, community-based research, survey design, and public health, including the supervision of data analyst staff and participation in staff and research team meetings.

Minimum Requirements

  • Given the technical nature of this work, a graduate degree in one of the following areas is required:
    • Epidemiology
    • Public or Population Health
    • Biostatistics
  • Experience with community-based research principles and practice, including anti-racist, anti-oppressive, decolonial approaches.
  • Awareness of 2S/LGBTQQIA+ community-based cultural and political values and sensitivities.
  • Mastery of statistical software (e.g. Stata, R) for data cleaning and analysis.
  • Experience with population health survey design, implementation, and data analysis.
  • Knowledge of HIV, STBBIs, and/or sexual and reproductive health epidemiology.
  • Excellent written communication skills including writing and/or editing documents such as reports for various audiences (e.g., academic and community).

Other Competencies & Qualifications (assets)

  • Knowledge of Indigenous research methodologies and experience working with Indigenous Two-Spirit communities.
  • Demonstrated capacity as an autonomous worker with an ability to adapt within a large team environment and work in a team setting.
  • French language capacity.
  • Capacity to manage projects, prioritize tasks, and function under tight and/or competing deadlines.
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with partners from varying sectors including academic, government and community agencies.
  • Effective critical analysis and problem-solving skills.


  • Generous vacation time, personal days, and other leave policies
  • Extended health benefits, including medical, gender-affirming care, dental, vision, and long-term disability (LTD), life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Inclusive workplace
  • Remote and hybrid work arrangement
  • Flexible working schedule
  • Kind and supportive team

How to apply

Please email your application to Human Resources at [email protected] and include the job you are applying for in the subject line (Social Epidemiologist) All applicants are required to provide a cover letter and a resume.


If this process presents barriers, please get in touch via email with the subject line Access: Social Epidemiologist or call us (604-568-7478) to leave a voicemail to discuss alternative formats for submitting an application.

The deadline to apply for this position is Thursday, March 7, 2024 11:59pm PT.

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About CBRC

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development.
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