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Title Research Coordinator, Public Health Sciences (24 month contract)
Job ID -0409
Organizational Overview Public Health Ontario (PHO) is a centre for specialized research and knowledge in public health, focusing in the areas of infectious disease, infection control and prevention, health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention, and environmental health. It provides technical and scientific assistance, rapid on-site field support, as needed, specialized communication and training, as well as standards input and practical tools for implementing best practices.

PHO was created by the Ontario Government as a result of its commitment to Operation Health Protection through the Health System Improvements Act (Bill 171). PHO brings academic, clinical, and government experts together to create a centre of public health excellence in the province.

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Position Details Position Title: Research Coordinator, Public Health Science
Program: Syndromic Surveillance Evaluation Study
Duration: Full-Time Temporary - 24 months
Location: 480 University Avenue
Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Position Status: Open
Job Code: 16PGS General Scientific
Salary: $59,620- $72,826
Hours of Work: 36.25 per week
Posting Date: March 15, 2013
Closing Date: April 8,2013

The Research Coordinator ensures the smooth and efficient day-to-day operation of research activities; to serve as the primary administrative point of contact for internal research staff and as the principal operational liaison for other research organizations, funding agencies and regulating bodies; to provide overall coordination for projects and conduct research; to develop products such as background documents, reports, and presentations.

Key Responsibilities • Contributes to the design and undertakes literature reviews and provides syntheses and critical appraisal of existing evidence and develops summaries.
• Liaises as necessary with stakeholders, researchers and partner institutions particularly with respect to data sharing agreements, building strong working relationships between these partner organizations and PHO.
• Monitors the progress of research activities; develops and maintains records of research activities, and prepares periodic and ad hoc reports, as required by investigators, administrators, funding agencies, and/or regulatory bodies.
• Supports the work of expert advisory committee and other project-specific committees as needed on knowledge exchange activities.
• Develops draft and contributes to final written material including conference abstracts, commentaries, manuscripts, reports, summaries and syntheses of evidence arising from research, and creates background materials suitable for inclusion in policy briefs, technical reports, background documents, presentations, FAQs and correspondence.
• Provides rapid response to internal and external requests for scientific and technical advice.
• Applies quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies to the collection, analysis and interpretation of study data.
• Coordinates and conducts complex primary data collection activities including complex data retrievals to support the conduct of the epidemiologic research and reporting requirements of the project (e.g. to CIHR).
• Manages study data by designing and organizing computer databases, managing data sharing agreements, and maintaining data security.
• Completes statistical analyses including the use of descriptive and inferential statistics;
• Presents findings and relevant research activities at local, regional, national and international forums as appropriate.
• Prepares Research Ethics Board protocols submissions, and maintains other necessary regulatory documents.
• Coordinates the grant application submission process (e.g. uploading files to electronic submission sites, collecting signatures).
• Assists with the development of research grant applications as directed by the principal investigator, this may include drafting literature reviews, protocols and analytic sections, appendices and budgets.
• Develops and executes a knowledge exchange plan driven by knowledge user type, and knowledge exchange principles; maintains collaborative working relationships within the Agency and external collaborators.
• Manages documents and processes on SharePoint to ensure systems are set up to orderly archive and access relevant materials.
• Represents PHO as assigned.
• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills • Knowledge and experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research methodology and related software applications (SPSS, SAS, NVivo), sufficient to apply quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies to the collection, analysis and interpretation study data.
• Skill and expertise in collecting and analyzing quantitative in order to complete statistical analysis including descriptive and inferential analyses. Skills and expertise in qualitative research is an asset.
• Skill and expertise in conducting literature reviews, syntheses, and critical appraisals, sufficient to provide syntheses and critical appraisal of existing evidence, and to develop summaries.
• Skill and expertise in developing proposals, reports, and presentations.
• Planning, organizing, project management skills and initiative in order to work efficiently under conditions of multiple deadlines and changing priorities with meticulous attention to detail.
• Skill and ability to approach and manage assignments in a fast-paced environment.
• Effective interpersonal, teamwork and relationship building skills.
• Office computer and data management skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project); familiarity with SharePoint in order to manage documents and processes on SharePoint.
• Knowledge and experience with the public health system and public health surveillance.

Education and Experience • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, or related discipline in order to serve as the primary administrative point of contact for internal research staff, and as the principle operational liaison for other research organizations, funding agencies and regulating bodies.
• Three to five years of experience supporting research at an academic department, research institute or organization.

Job Status Full Time Temporary
Posting date 3/15/2013
Closing date 4/8/2013
Street Address 480 University Avenue
City Toronto
Province Ontario [ON]
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