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||Research Assistant - four month part-time contract
||Toronto Public Health Laboratory
||Public Health Ontario (PHO) is a Crown corporation 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 PHO, visit www.publichealthontario.ca.
||Position Title: Research Assistant
Department: Toronto Public Health Laboratory
Duration: Temporary - four months (two to three days per week)
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto
Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Competition Status: OPEN
Job Code: 11AGA-General Administration
Salary: $40,390 to $49,131 annually
Job ID: 13-0165
Posting Date: October 25, 2013
Closing Date: November 8, 2013
The Health Service Use (HSU) Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) project, also known as the STI Laboratory Data Project, is a joint initiative between Canada Health Infoway and Public Health Ontario (PHO). Using modern informatics the project was mandated to develop an information and analysis tool to inform both clinical and public health practice for gonorrhea and chlamydia in Ontario’s Public Health Units. Through the use of this tool, timely, anonymity and locally relevant STI data sourced from the Public Health Ontario Laboratory Information System (LIS) can be used to guide key decisions about: whom to test, which infections to test for, empiric antimicrobial therapy that should be offered before individual results become available, who to target in sexual health promotion, prevention, screening, counseling and contact tracing activities. This project was the first step in the use and dissemination of aggregate lab test results via web-based channels to external stakeholders.
A pilot of the tool was carried out from January to April 2013. During this period, 13 of Ontario’s 36 health units were provided access to the reporting tool and were asked to test, review and provide feedback on the various resource materials and reports. The reports are divided into 3 groups: 1) Total tests, Total positives and Percent positivity; 2) Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Co-Infections; and 3) Antibiotic Susceptibilities in Gonorrhea. Refinements were made based on gathered feedback and the tool will be placed into production in August/September of this year for use by the 13 participating health units (roll-out to the remaining 23 health units to be carried out in the fall of 2013). The next step in the project is to gather data from the 13 participating health units and report back to Canada Health Infoway on the overall success of the tool in terms of adoption, clinical value and other benefits.
Reporting to the Medical Director and Medical Microbiologist, the Research Assistant will provide support to study investigators to implement research projects according to established protocols. The Research Assistant may assist with efforts to apply for additional third party funding.
||• Establishes contacts at participating health units.
• Provides guidance and assistance to health units in using the information and analysis tool.
• Assists the STI project team with literature reviews by creating and running search strategies for web-based search tools, selecting relevant documents by reviewing abstracts for inclusion/exclusion criteria, and drafting summary annotations of key articles.
• Creates and maintains reference management files (e.g., Refworks, Endnote, and Refman) for peer-reviewed and grey literature required for literature reviews, manuscripts and reports; compiles and prepares research project bibliographies as required.
• Develops and pilot tests primary data collection tools (e.g. surveys, interview and/or focus group guides); may administer data collection protocol.
• Screens participants for inclusion criteria, recruits study participants (e.g., mails invitations, telephone follow-up, liaises with referring physicians) and schedules data collection tasks; facilitates informed consent procedures (e.g., collection of consent forms, documenting verbal consent) and communicates study benefits and risks.
• Administers questionnaires, surveys and/or key informant interviews following protocols established for data collection.
• Extracts data from existing sources according to a defined chart review or coding scheme.
• Conducts data analysis and produces reports and related table and graphs.
• Assists with qualitative data collection by maintaining field notes, transcribing audio tapes.
• Assists with qualitative data analysis by applying thematic coding schemes to transcribed data and validating coding by applying inter-rater methodology.
• Completes data entry and data cleaning, performs quality checks.
• Performs basic statistical analysis including descriptive analyses; summarizes results in tabular and graphical form for use in PowerPoint presentations, manuscripts, and other reporting formats.
• Prepares for and supports investigator and advisory committee meetings, by coordinating logistics including speaker management, travel and catering; preparing materials such as developing agendas and other materials; providing on-site support such as taking minutes and managing registration.
• Assists the STI project team in the development and delivery of the following documents: Project Adoption Outcomes Achieved document, Project Close Out document and a Benefits Evaluation Report
• Manages documents and processes on SharePoint to ensure systems are set up to orderly archive and access relevant materials such as research ethics approvals, authorization of funds.
• Assists scientific team with additional research tasks such as preparation of CVs, abstract submissions, poster preparations, manuscript submission and grant applications.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
|Knowledge and Skills
||• Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodology and related software applications (SPSS, SAS, NVivo), in order to assist with literature reviews by creating and running search strategies for web-based search tools, and selecting relevant documents.
• Skill and expertise in conducting literature searches and summaries, such as when creating and maintaining reference management files (e.g., Refworks, Endnote, and Refman) for peer-reviewed and grey literature required for literature reviews, manuscripts and reports.
• Skill and the ability to work in a matrix management structure and within cross disciplinary teams.
• 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.
• Effective interpersonal, communication, client service, and relationship building skills.
• Sound judgment and effective problem-solving skills.
• Skill and ability to approach and manage assignments in a fast-paced environment.
• 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.
|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.
• One to three years of experience supporting research at an academic department, research institute or organization related to health promotion and the primary prevention of chronic diseases and injuries.
Your cover letter and resume must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications and competencies of the position.
You should receive a response acknowledging your application to this position.
Thank you for your interest in this position, however, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please continue to view our website for new career opportunities with the Public Health Ontario.
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