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Title Research Assistant, Public Health Sciences (12 month contract)
Job ID 13-0072
Organizational Overview Public Health Ontario ("PHO") is an arm's-length government agency dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians.

For more information about Public Health Ontario, visit www.oahpp.ca.

Position Details Position Title: Research Assistant
Department: Public Health Sciences
Duration: 12 months fixed term contract
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto
Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Position Status: Open
Job Code: 11AGA - General Administration
Salary: $40,390 - $49,131 annual
Posting Date: July 15, 2013
Closing Date: July 29, 2013

Reporting to the Scientist, Public Health Sciences, the Research Assistant will support a research project involving developing a knowledge translation strategy and evaluation for decision-makers in varied health related settings who are using a population-based risk tool for diabetes prevention. The Research Assistant will assist with co-ordination of the research activities including knowledge translation, meetings with the stakeholders and policymakers, and research products.

Key Responsibilities • Assists with tracking of research activities and prepares periodic and ad hoc progress reports, as required.
• Assists with literature reviews and drafting summary reviews of key articles.
• Create and maintain a reference management file (Refworks, Endnote, Refman) required for literature reviews, manuscripts and reports.
• Contributes to the development and pilot testing of primary data collection tools (e.g. surveys, interviews, and focus group guides); administer data collection protocols.
• Screens participants for inclusion criteria, recruits study participants (e.g., sends invitations to participate, telephone follow-up) and schedules data collection tasks; facilitates informed consent procedures (e.g. administration of consent forms, documenting verbal consent) and communicates study benefits and risks.
• Administers questionnaires, surveys, interviews, observations, focus groups following protocols established for data collection.
• Extracts data from existing sources according to a defined protocol or coding scheme.
• Assists with qualitative data collection (maintaining field notes, transcribing audio tapes) and qualitative data analysis (applying thematic coding schemes to transcribed data and validating coding by applying inter-rater methodology.
• Completes data entry and data cleaning, and performs quality checks.
• Performs basic quantitative data analysis including descriptive analyses; summarizes results in tabular and graphical form for use in presentations, manuscripts, and other reporting formats.
• Prepares for and supports Advisory Committees by coordinating logistics, preparing materials such as agendas, and providing on-site supports such as taking minutes.
• Assists Investigators with additional tasks such as contributing to the development of Research Review Board and Ethics Reviews Board applications, abstract submissions, poster preparations, and manuscript and grant applications.
• Schedule team meetings, maintain minutes and agendas as well as contribute to research team updates.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodology (data collection and analysis) as well as related software applications (e.g. Stata, SAS, NVivo).
• Demonstrated computer and data management skills including proficiency in MS Office (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Project 2003).
• Skill and ability to complete summaries of information across multiple disciplines, including contextual information from stakeholders.
• Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodology (data collection and analysis) as well as related software applications (e.g. Stata, SAS, NVivo).
• Demonstrated computer and data management skills including proficiency in MS Office (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Project 2003).
• Skill and ability to complete summaries of information across multiple disciplines, including contextual information from stakeholders.
• Planning, organizing, project management skills, and initiative in order to work effectively and efficiently under conditions of multiple deadlines and changing priorities with meticulous attention to detail.
• Ability to approach and manage assignments in a fast-paced environment;
• Clear understanding of the research process acquired through both practical and academic experience.
• Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with both internal and external colleagues and clients.
• Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work collaboratively, and ability to organize work efficiently.

Education and Experience • Bachelor’s degree in public health, social sciences or related discipline, in order to provide support to study investigators to implement research projects.
• Master’s degree would be considered an asset.
• One to three years of experience supporting applied research at an academic department, research institute, public health unit or organization related to health promotion and the primary prevention of chronic diseases and injuries and health equity.

Posting date 4/15/2013
Closing date 7/29/2013
City Toronto
Province Ontario [ON]
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