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Research Officer

Department: Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit

Status: Full time position

Competition No.: RS1708

Contract duration: Annually, up to 5 years

Anticipated start date: April 1, 2017

Anticipated end date: March 31, 2018

Funding: Grant funded, renewable up to 5 years

Role: This position is part of a two 5-year CIHR funded grants, MUSE (Multisectoral Urban Systems for health and Equity in Canadian cities), and INTERACT (INTErventions, Research and Action in Cities Team). This project brings together teams from Montreal (Yan Kestens, Lise Gauvin, and Marie-France Raynault, Université de Montréal), Vancouver (Meghan Winters, Simon Fraser University) and St-John’s (Memorial University, Daniel Fuller) and knowledge users from cities, public health agencies and local NGOs. The coordinator will work with Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine and Dr. Daniel Fuller.

The MUSE and INTERACT projects each have project coordinators in local municipalities:

Interact:

  • Victoria
  • Vancouver
  • Saskatoon
  • Montreal

Muse:

  • Vancouver
  • Saskatoon
  • Toronto
  • Montreal

The projects aim to evaluate major urban interventions and policies in Canadian cities in terms of their impact on population health and health inequalities. The projects will recruit participants for online self-report surveys, cohorts of people measured with wearable sensor devices, and build a comprehensive Geographic Information System for continuous tracking of changes to the urban form.

This Saskatoon project coordinator will work in close collaboration with the research teams from each study, the other local project coordinators, the national coordinator, and knowledge broker, and with stakeholders and staff in Saskatoon. This individual will be responsible for managing day-to-day activities of the research projects of the Saskatoon-based activities, including administration (i.e. budget management and bi-annual funder reports), data collection/analysis (i.e. leading measurement sessions, liaising with market research firms and data management), and grant- and manuscript writing.

Working Relationships: The successful candidate will report directly to Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine and Dr. Daniel Fuller and is expected to work independently in their interactions with team members and other research partners. The successful candidate may also be responsible to supervise lower level research assistants and graduate students.

Work Performed:

  • Coordinates the development, management and operation of complex research activities such as maintaining a large data set and oversees participant retention activities
  • Reviews, updates and participates in the development of data collection methodologies, instruments and databases
  • Provides training to staff involved in data collection and analysis
  • Oversees, prepares and participates in data collection
  • Negotiates procedures and timelines with external agencies involved in data collection
  • Contributes to the writing of reports, scientific abstracts, presentations, and manuscripts
  • Conducts literature reviews and summarizes relevant literature
  • Prepares ethics application renewals and assists with grant applications
  • Assists with project budget management by processing financial requisitions, tracking and projecting project expenditures
  • Coordinates and attends meetings and presents research findings
  • Represents research team at meetings with community and external stakeholders
  • Builds positive relations with participants, community and external stakeholders

Minimum Qualifications:

  • University degree in a research-related field
  • Minimum four years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Graduate degree preferred
  • Computer experience required, including experience MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Effective oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to exercise initiative in conducting research and ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion in dealing with external agencies and researchers; and
  • Demonstrated ability to compose and write reports, letters and other materials clearly and concisely

Assets:

  • Bilingual
  • Experience with survey design
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems

Salary

The Salary band for the successful candidate will range from $60,410 to $76,257, plus benefits.

Contact and Deadline

Applicants can submit their cover letter and resume by contacting Kristen McEwen (kristen.mcewen@usask.ca) or 306-966-2250.

The deadline for applications is Thursday March 2, 2017 at 4:30pm. 

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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