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Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

Department: HIV Prevention Lab, Department of Psychology
Position supervisor: Dr. Trevor Hart
Contract length: Two years, with possible extension to three years
Position type: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Rate of pay: Salary is commensurate with experience; Minimum $55,000, plus benefits and conference allowance 

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The Department 

The mission of the HIV Prevention Lab is to conduct rigorous basic and applied research to promote positive sexual and mental health and to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted disease transmission and 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 a postdoctoral fellow, a PhD-level data analyst, 2 graduate students, a full-time lab manager, 3 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

Dr. Trevor Hart, Director of the HIV Prevention Lab at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada), is seeking applicants for a full-time Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. This is a two-year position with the possibility of renewal for a third year, pending funding availability. 

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 experience 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.  There is no need for applicants to have a previous research focus working with 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 - allows up to one day a week to work in private practice to get registered as a psychologist in Ontario.


Applicants must have completed an internship in clinical or counselling psychology by the start of the Fellowship.  Applicants must 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 need to 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 April 15, 2020.  Applicants are welcome to email Dr. Hart any inquiries before applying.  Please indicate in any inquiries that you are eligible for the fellowship (that you will have completed an internship in clinical or counselling psychology by the start of the fellowship).  For applicants, please email your current C.V., cover letter describing fit with the position, and research/career goals. The start date is flexible, but should begin no later than October 2020. Please send application materials to

Ryerson’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

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