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Senior Research & Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Ottawa, Ontario
Deadline February 15, 2010

Reports to: Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related harms. CCSA is looking for a Senior Research and Policy Analyst, reporting to the Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange. This position is responsible for planning and conducting research studies in the fields of addiction and substance abuse for the purposes of developing national policies and responding to gaps in information. The incumbent is a subject matter expert and represents CCSA on various committees and associations and provides advice on specialized research initiatives. The Senior Research and Policy Analyst develops and advances knowledge by ensuring research findings (both internal to CCSA and external) contribute to a national priority and its recommendations. This individual works in collaboration with the Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange and members of the research team in determining the appropriate research initiatives, and the design, scope, methods, timelines and costs of initiatives. The Senior Research and Policy Analyst works closely with the Knowledge Brokers and the National Priority Advisors leading the priorities related to the National Framework.


  • Facilitate national research initiatives in the addictions area.
  • Collaborate with CCSA and senior officials of other agencies to determine the nature and scope of studies required.
  • Plan and conduct research studies on specific aspects of addictions and substance abuse; select, adapt and apply appropriate methodologies, analytical techniques and models for these studies.
  • Determine data requirements, identify sources of information and develop means of extracting and collating data.
  • Conduct interviews and workshops and obtain and provide expert opinions on relevant issues.
  • Analyze information and perform sophisticated tests to validate data and confirm results.
  • Incorporate new emerging research knowledge into policy formulations.
  • Prepare reports with conclusions and recommendations or proposals for further study.
  • Conduct impact analyses of new research directions vis-à-vis existing policies and practices in the addictions field.
  • Implement processes to help CCSA identify and promote important emerging areas of research.
  • Liaise with external scientific and clinical advisors.
  • Review research proposals from other Research Analysts and kindred agencies; respond to requests for information and advice from other Research Analysts.
  • Publish peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed policy research findings and participate in national forums, conferences and advisory boards.
  • Write research grant proposals for governmental and non-governmental RFPs.


  • Ph.D. in an addictions-related field; or postdoctoral training in an addictions-related field.
  • 6–8 years of research experience with an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Fully developed analytical and reasoning skills, the ability to understand, express and apply extremely complex technical/statistical and administrative concepts, methods and procedures.
  • Strong knowledge base in the biological and clinical domains in the addictions field.
  • Evidence of strong communications skills and presentations at conferences.
  • Ability to critically appraise/evaluate research.
  • Experience in preparing and reviewing grant proposals, particularly with federal research granting bodies, e.g., CIHR, SSHRC and federal departments and agencies such as Health Canada, Public Safety.
  • Experience integrating research knowledge for application to policy papers (i.e., knowledge exchange).
  • Familiarity with research project management.
  • Writing of scholarly publications and facilitating presentations at conferences, workshops, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills in English; fluency in French is an asset.

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and covering letter by email to, no later than February 15, 2010. We thank all respondents; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.