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Centre for Healthy Communities Research Associate

School of Public Health

Competition No.  -    A109137872
Closing Date  -    Jan 04, 2019

Founded in 2017, the Centre for Healthy Communities (CHC) grew out of the Centre for Health Promotion Studies, one of the founding groups of the University of Alberta¡¯s School of Public Health.? Based on the premise that health does not come from the healthcare system unless you are already sick, the Centre for Healthy Community¡¯s goal is to provide Canadians with the necessary knowledge and tools that will ensure their communities achieve their healthiest potential, thereby addressing the factors that create inequity, social isolation and exclusion, disease, and poor physical or mental health.? The Centre does this through research and engagement with communities of all shapes and sizes, providing answers to community problems in the areas of physical, mental, and social health, the built environment, and technology. The Centre¡¯s vision is to ensure that all Canadians are able to be active participants in creating healthy communities by providing success-driven solutions with outcomes that increase longevity, connectivity,?thriveability, and wellness.? Dr. Candace Nykiforuk is the Director of the Centre for Healthy Communities.

The Research Associate will be an integral part of the Centre for Healthy Communities. Working closely with Dr. Candace Nykiforuk, Centre staff and students, and affiliated faculty, the Research Associate will provide scientific and research support for ongoing and new research and evaluation projects undertaken by the Centre.? Projects span qualitative and quantitative approaches and it is expected that the successful candidate has demonstrated study design, analytic and interpretive skills in both areas.?

Specific duties will include:

  • Develop research and evaluation protocols?
  • Implement research and evaluation protocols
  • Contribute to the development of grant and contract proposals, including project scoping
  • Contribute to and/or lead manuscripts for peer-review as well as to technical reports, community reports, or other forms of dissemination to share research findings with target audiences
  • Participate in development and implementation of knowledge translation and exchange activities
  • Present research findings to public, professional, policy, and academic audiences
  • Communicate with partners both on and off-campus, including participation in off-campus meetings, events, or conferences (travel may be required)
  • Collaborate with Centre faculty, staff, and students and external partners on all projects
  • Support work of Centre affiliated research units, as required
  • Supervise casual research assistants, graduate research assistants and project coordinators, as required
  • Participate in data collection, as required
  • Conduct data analysis, interpretation, and synthesis, as required
  • Other duties as assigned]

Qualifications:

  • PhD in public health, social science, or related discipline
  • Community-based research experience required
  • Health equity or health promotion experience required
  • Experience developing project workplans required
  • Experience working collaboratively with external partners and contacts required (e.g., from government, community organizations, non-profit organizations, etc.)
  • Policy-relevant experience an asset
  • Engaged scholarship experience an asset
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Strong, demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to translate findings into a format easily understood by public, professional, policy and academic audiences
  • Strong, demonstrated abilities with qualitative coding and analysis
  • Strong, demonstrated abilities in quantitative data linkage, manipulation, and statistical analysis, including experience using statistical software (e.g., SPSS, Stata or SAS)
  • High-level organizational skills commensurate with coordinating concurrent projects
  • Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations
  • Demonstrated record of grants prepared for Tri-Council and other peer-reviewed funding agencies
  • Demonstrated record of products prepared for or presentations to non-academic audiences

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Agreement, this position has an initial appointment of one year, with the possibility of extension, and?offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be found at?Faculty & Staff Benefits?and annual salary range of $58,210 to $72,770. Salary will be?commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, M¨¦tis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.