Senior Research Associate - School of Public Health

Competition No.: A109138665
Closing Date: Will remain open until filled.

The senior research associate will lead 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) 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 expertise in conducting systematic reviews, as well as quantitative and qualitative data analyses. Strong communication skills are also needed since the position must interact with many different stakeholder communities. The senior research associate will be responsible for ensuring that the assessments and other deliverables are not only scientifically sound, but also completed within the timeframes required by Alberta Health. While this position will primarily be involved in the HTA activities of the portfolio, (s)he will have the opportunity to design and lead research related to methods for assessing the effectiveness and broader social value of personalized medicines and technologies for rare diseases as part of other grants held by members of the portfolio. Therefore, activities will include planning, developing, conducting, implementing and disseminating research in the form of HTAs and other empirical work.


  • Design protocol for identifying, selecting, and extracting data from existing relevant studies
  • Apply critical appraisal methods to the quality assessment of studies
  • Conduct qualitative analyses, and quantitative analyses using meta-analytic techniques
  • Synthesize qualitative data through narrative reviews
  • Design protocol adhering to published guidelines for scoping reviews
  • Identify, select, chart and synthesize information
  • Prepare scientific manuscripts based on the findings and draft reports suitable for policy development
  • Manage large administrative data sets
  • Design protocol for analysing administrative data to address different policy questions
  • Undertake statistical analyses to identify health service utilization patterns across different patient populations and assess variations in outcomes following different interventions
  • Identify and contact key stakeholders for each project
  • Lead the design and collection of information from each stakeholder community, which may include interviews, focus groups, and surveys
  • Ensure communities receive feedback related to any findings
  • Attend meetings of government-appointed expert committees and provide methodological advice and guidance during such meetings
  • Make presentations to government, Alberta Health Services, and at academic conferences
  • Help organize and teach workshops on HTA methods
  • Oversee the design and implementation of protocol for research related to innovative methods for assessing the value of new health technologies for small populations, including personalized medicines
  • Initiate the development of grant proposals to funding agencies


  • PhD 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 areas relevant to HTA
  • 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 $74,084 to $101,888.

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