Chief Scientific Officer (Canada)

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ORGANIZATION: The J Healthcare Initiative


The J Healthcare Initiative is seeking a passionate and dedicated volunteer to serve as our Chief Scientific Officer. This crucial role will help drive our mission of empowering drug users' healthcare decisions through evidence-based advocacy, research, and policy reform.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Lead and oversee community-based and non-community based research projects on emerging adulterants and substance use patterns in Canada

  2. Develop and implement rigorous research methodologies to ensure the quality and credibility of our studies.

  3. Analyze complex data sets and synthesize findings into clear, actionable insights to inform our advocacy efforts and policy recommendations.

  4. Collaborate with vice presidents, research team, peer advisory board and CEO to design and conduct relevant research projects.

  5. Edit scientific reports, policy briefs, and educational materials for various audiences, including government officials, healthcare professionals, and the general public.

  6. Represent the J Healthcare Initiative at scientific conferences, UN sessions, and other relevant forums to present our research findings and advocate for evidence-based drug policies.

  7. Provide scientific guidance and expertise to support our harm reduction initiatives, including training programs on compassionate overdose response and trip-sitting.

  8. Stay current with the latest developments in substance use research, harm reduction practices, treatment options, and global drug policy trends.

  9. Support university chapter directors and peers in conducting research and translating scientific knowledge into practical applications


  • Advanced degree (PhD or MD or MD PhD preferred) in a relevant field such as public health, pharmacology, neuroscience, or addiction medicine
  • Familiarity with submitting research proposals to Ethics Board and following regulations.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting and publishing scientific research related to substance use and public health in Canada
  • Strong understanding of harm reduction principles and evidence-based approaches to drug policy
  • Excellent analytical and data interpretation skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication abilities
  • Experience in grant writing and securing research funding (preferred)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with different teams
  • Passion for advancing the rights and health of people who use drugs

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About The J Healthcare Initiative


312 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 2T2, CA

Mission Statement

We are a registered Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to transforming substance use healthcare through peer-driven strategic advocacy and innovation. Our mission is to ensure that everyone, regardless of their drug use, has access to options of safe, effective, and dignified healthcare. We value harm-reduction, meaningful engagement with knowledge Keepers, the decolonization of substance use healthcare and decolonizing the current drug policies.


The J Healthcare Initiative has emerged as a powerful force in reforming substance use healthcare, balancing global advocacy with local action. We've successfully pushed for harm reduction in international drug policy, while also providing practical support through free smokable and injectable harm reduction supplies to youths who use drugs. Our partnerships with a few Canadian universities, offering paid internship and practicum placement for undergraduate and graduate student enable us to create the next generation of healthcare providers who understand the context of our toxic drug crisis. From presenting at international conferences to co-signing progressive drug policy manifestos, we're driving meaningful change in how society approaches substance use, keeping the well-being of individuals at the forefront of our mission.


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This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Mental Health
  • Physician
  • Research
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Healthcare
  • Pharmacology


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 20
  • 10 hours per month
  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with CEO and VP

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