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Research Associate, Program Training and Consultation Centre, Cancer Care Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
No deadline noted

Reports To: Team Lead, Knowledge Development & Exchange, PTCC and Manager, PTCC
Location:  Downtown Toronto, Subway Location on University Ave
Status:    Full-Time Temporary Employment 
No. Of Vacancies: One Hire

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 Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, PTCC is a partnership of several different organizations and 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 short-term Research Associate to document innovative public health practices (strategies, tools and programs) occurring throughout Ontario in order to facilitate their replication by other public health staff, and generate practice-based evidence. Tobacco control programming for young adults is a high priority topic for documentation and will be the focus of two practices, with specification of these topics occurring in late September.

The Research Associate will report to the Team Lead, Knowledge Development & Exchange and the Manager, PTCC and will work on the Learning through Evidence Action and Reflection Networks (L.E.A.R.N.) Project team. 


The key responsibilities of this position are:

  • Identifies theoretical frameworks to guide data collection to document innovative public health programs, tools and strategies. The documentation of such practices is meant to facilitate future implementation in other public health settings. 
  • Develops interview guides
  • Travels and conducts interviews with public health professionals across Ontario, and their community partners, and collects other project related data.
  • Performs qualitative analysis of interview and other collected data (using Nvivo 8)
  • Organizes, prepares and presents reports to stakeholders
  • Helps develop implementation guidelines based on practices documented


  • A Masters degree or higher in health, behavioural, or social sciences is required, ideally with training in public health or community psychology  Experience working in the areas of public health, community health, or tobacco control 
  • At least 1 year of work experience in research settings
  • Experience with preparing literature reviews 
  • Experience with conducting interviews and focus groups 
  • Excellent writing skills including the ability to structure information in a clear, organized and focused method 
  • Experience using NVivo qualitative software to conduct qualitative data analysis
  • Knowledge of and experience in knowledge exchange an asset
  • Highly organized
  • Consistently demonstrates appropriate choices and means for communication
  • Recognizes the audience to whom he/she is communicating and addresses it appropriately (e.g. appropriate level of technical language)

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Erika Steibelt
Team Lead, Knowledge Development & Exchange
PTCC, Prevention & Screening
Cancer Care Ontario
505 University Ave., 18th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 1X3

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

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