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Junior Scientist - Intervention Research & Development, Program Training and Consultation Centre

Toronto, Ontario
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Vacancy: Junior Scientist - Intervention Research & Development
Reports To: Manager, Program Training and Consultation Centre
Location: Downtown Toronto Subway Location on University Ave
Status: Full-Time Time Permanent Employment
Quantity: One hire is planned for opportunity

Position Summary:

The Program Training and Consultation Centre (PTCC) is the lead Ontario provincial tobacco control resource centre responsible for leading the development, implementation and coordination of tobacco control capacity building and knowledge exchange programs and services in support of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy (SFO). Funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion, PTCC is a partnership of Cancer Care Ontario, the University of Waterloo’s Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, Region of Waterloo Public Health and Sudbury & District Health Unit. PTCC is managed from the Population Health Unit, Department of Prevention & Screening at Cancer Care Ontario.

Our programs are targeted to Ontario tobacco control staff working in local public health agencies, the staff and volunteers of community partner agencies, including community health centres, other NGOs, and family health teams.

PTCC offers a variety of programs and services carefully designed and selected to build the capacity of tobacco control practitioners to deliver effective tobacco control initiatives through:

  • technical assistance, training & resource development
  • knowledge development, exchange and programming to increase the use of research and practice-based evidence
  • media relations training and consultation services through the Media Network
  • referrals to other SFO funded resource centres

Please see our website for more details:

We require a Junior Scientist to support PTCC’s knowledge development and dissemination strategy. The position will contribute to this role by conducting applied studies, including program case documentation and evaluative research that contributes to the development of the strategy through the advancement of practice-based knowledge.


The key responsibilities of this position are:

  • Develops and implements an applied approach to program studies (documentation, case studies and evaluative research) based on a knowledge exchange-oriented approach in the area of tobacco control, with possible expansion to other cancer prevention intervention areas.
  • Prepares and submits grant applications to major granting agencies.
  • Conducts independent and collaborative research as a principal investigator in support of PTCC’s knowledge exchange strategy.
  • Conducts research with a community-based approach (aka engaged scholarship).
  • Conducts province-wide needs assessments, including assessments of capacities and interests, to inform training and technical assistance program development for tobacco control and other issues.
  • Conducts evaluability assessments of community-based tobacco control interventions, with possible expansion to other issues.
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders to conduct case-studies and evaluate tobacco control practices and interventions (e.g., programs, policies and services) in order to identify if they work, for whom, in which contexts, and through which mechanisms.
  • Serves as a consultant to PTCC clients and staff pertaining to theory-based health promotion practice, intervention planning, and realistic evaluation in practice settings.
  • Prepares and presents research papers and reports at seminars and conferences.
  • Prepares research articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Conducts literature reviews, prepares brief facts sheets, and reports on tobacco control and other cancer prevention issues as needed. Occasional analysis of survey research data (e.g. CCHS, CTUMS).
  • Provides leadership through mentoring of research associates and M.Sc. students.
  • Potential for cross appointment at an Assistant Professor level.


  • Ph.D. in the health or social sciences
  • Training in population and public health
  • Training in qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Understanding of realistic evaluation concepts and methods, coupled with strong conceptual, theoretical, and analytical skills
  • Experience in community intervention research, ideally in tobacco control settings
  • 1-3 years experience in applied research in tobacco control settings, with working knowledge of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy including stakeholders and their roles is preferred
  • Experience in consultation
  • Ability to speak fluently in both official languages is an asset that would be valued
  • Highly developed organizational and time management skills

More About Cancer Care Ontario:

Cancer Care Ontario is an umbrella organization that steers and coordinates Ontario’s cancer services and prevention efforts. As the provincial government’s chief cancer advisor, Cancer Care Ontario directs over $600-million in public health care funding for cancer prevention, detection and care. The agency also operates screening and prevention programs; collects, monitors and reports information about cancer and cancer system performance; develops evidence-based standards and guidelines for health care providers; and works with regional providers to plan and improve cancer services.

The information on our website is at:

We are guided in most part by the Ontario Cancer Plan, which can be inspected at:

Information about Ontario’s ColonCancerCheck program managed by Cancer Care Ontario can be found at:

Cancer Care Ontario manages the medical procedures wait times information system for all Ontarians; which can be examined more closely at:

View our listing of all other CCO current job postings at:

Cancer Care Ontario is a HOOPP pension plan employer, see the details at:

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