Junior Research Associate - School of Public Health

Competition No.: A109138666
Closing Date: Will remain open until filled.

The research associate will be engaged in research activities of the Health Technology and Policy Portfolio (HTPP). The HTPP undertakes research aimed at creating knowledge to support fair, evidence-informed decision making around the introduction and use of health technologies in the publicly funded health care system. It also conducts health technology assessments (HTAs) and evidence reviews for Alberta Health. HTA uses evaluative methods from the social and applied sciences, including clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, modelling and qualitative techniques to systematically examine the clinical, economic, social, legal, ethical and overall system implications of health technologies. Given its broad scope, the position requires proficiency in systematic review and scoping review methods; basic quantitative techniques; and qualitative approaches to collecting and analyzing data. Strong communication skills are needed, since the position must interact with many different stakeholder communities. While this position will primarily be involved in the HTA activities of the unit, (s)he will have the opportunity to be engaged in other research related to methods for assessing technologies throughout their lifecycle and determining the broader social value of personalized medicines and technologies for rare diseases as part of the other grants held by members of the portfolio. Therefore, activities in which the research associate will be involved in include planning, developing, conducting, implementing and disseminating research in the form of HTAs and other empirical work.

Since the HTPP is team-based, the research associate will work closely with all staff. However, because the team is small, (s)he must be able to multi-task and work independently to ensure tasks assigned to her/him are completed effectively and efficiently. He/she will also interact with government representatives, senior members of the clinical community, other members of different stakeholder communities involved in project and research teams from other universities. The research associate will suggest appropriate methods for addressing specific policy questions for government and other research questions identified through academic work of the HTPP.

Responsibilities

  • Identify, select and extra data from relevant scholarly studies
  • Apply critical appraisal methods to the quality assessment of studies
  • Conduct quantitative analyses using meta-analytic techniques
  • Synthesize qualitative data through narrative reviews
  • Prepare scientific manuscripts based on the findings
  • Consult with stakeholders
  • Draft reports suitable for policy development
  • Prepare scientific manuscripts based on the findings
  • Manage large administrative data sets
  • Undertake statistical analyses to identify health service utilization patterns across different patients populations and assess variations in outcomes following different interventions
  • Identify key stakeholders for each project
  • Coordinate and participate in the collection of information from each stakeholder community, which may include interviews, focus groups, and surveys
  • Undertake analyses of qualitative and quantitative information collected
  • Represent the HTPP at meetings and conference
  • Attend meetings of government-appointed expert committees and provide methodological advice and guidance during such meetings
  • Make presentations to government and Alberta Health Services and present findings at academic conference
  • Help organize and teach workshops on HTA methods
  • Participate in the design and implementation of protocol for research related to innovative methods for assessing the value of new health technologies for small populations, including personalize medicines
  • Participate in the development and writing of grant proposals to funding agencies

Qualifications

  • MSc in epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research, or public health
  • Minimum of 5 years research experience in a post graduate research and education environment
  • Publication track record in relevant area preferred
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Strong communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel)
  • Proficient in Review Manager or other software for conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Proficient in STATA, SPSS, or SAS
  • Proficient in nVIVO
  • Proficient in Reference Manager, RefWorks, or other bibliographic database management software

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff agreement, this position has an approximate appointment of 2 years, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $58,210 to $72,770.

For more information, please visit the following website: https://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A109138666/