Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship – Toronto

Department: HIV Prevention Lab
Position supervisor: Dr. Trevor Hart
Contract length: 2 – 3 years
Position type: Postdoctoral fellowship
Rate of pay: Minimum of $50,000 plus benefits and a conference allowance

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About The Program

Dr. Trevor Hart, Director of the HIV Prevention Lab at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada), is seeking applicants for a 2-3 year, full-time Postdoctoral Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. The mission of the HIV Prevention Lab is to conduct rigorous basic and applied research that can be used to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted disease transmission and to promote positive sexual and mental health among gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men. The HIV Prevention Lab is currently funded by 5 research grants, including 3 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grants that test novel HIV prevention interventions and that longitudinally examine factors associated with sexual risk behaviour. The HIV Prevention Lab is staffed by Dr. Hart’s research team, consisting of 2 postdoctoral fellows, 5 graduate students, a full-time lab manager, 2 full-time research staff, 2 part-time research staff, and several undergraduate research assistants. For more information, feel free to visit our website at

The opportunity

The Fellow will work with Dr. Hart to direct a randomized controlled trial integrating cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for social anxiety and substance use management with HIV/STI prevention for gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men. The Fellow will also learn how to write up grant applications, develop a research program, and supervise junior clinical and research staff. The Fellow will have multiple opportunities to publish and to present at conferences. The Fellowship is ideal for those pursuing a career as a scientist-practitioner in a collegial and productive research setting. The Fellowship is well suited to recent graduates in clinical or counselling psychology with expertise in CBT for social anxiety, CBT for substance use management, or CBT for health promotion of gay and other men who have sex with men. In addition to working with Dr. Hart, the successful candidate will collaborate with a larger research team, including Drs. Martin Antony, Conall O’Cleirigh, Steven Safren, Barry Adam, and David Brennan.

Position opportunities

• To further skills in CBT for social anxiety and substance use management
• To work in HIV/STI prevention and sexual health
• To develop research skills in grant applications, research program development, publishing, presenting, CV building, and supervision of junior clinical and research staff
• To collaborate with a larger research team
• A flexible working schedule that allows for personal career development
Terms of Fellowship: The minimum 12-month salary for applicants who graduated less than 1 year from the start of the postdoctoral fellowship is $50,000 plus benefits and a conference allowance. The salary amount may be higher for applicants with more experience. This position is for 2 years, with the possibility of renewal pending funding availability. The schedule is flexible and allows up to one day a week to work in private practice to get registered as a psychologist in Ontario.


Applicants should have completed an internship in clinical or counseling psychology by the start of the Fellowship. Applicants should also be competent at administering semistructured diagnostic interviews (e.g., SCID, MINI) and administering CBT in English. Clinical experience and supervision will be provided for applicants seeking to fulfill the requirements for psychology licensure. Applicants should have a good record publishing scientific papers. Experience conducting statistical analyses relevant to clinical trials (e.g., SEM, HLM) and previous clinical supervision of peers would be strong assets but are not necessary.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is October 25, 2019. Please send submissions and inquiries to

The starting date is flexible, but would preferably begin in January 2020. To apply, submit a cover letter describing your range of interests and career goals, a C.V., and at least three article reprints. Letters of reference are not required at the present time, but the applicant should include the contact information for three scientific and/or professional references. The HIV Prevention Lab has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are welcomed from American, Canadian, and other international applicants.

Ryerson’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Aboriginal HR Consultant for support during the selection process.

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