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Scientist: Health Promotion, Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention, Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline November 23, 2010
Position Title: Scientist: Health Promotion, Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention  
Department: Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Duration: Permanent
Reports to: Director, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Location: 480 University Ave, Toronto
Posting date: November 9, 2010
Closing date: November 23, 2010
Organizational Overview:

The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP) is an arm's-length government agency dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, OAHPP links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

OAHPP provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians. For more information about OAHPP, visit

Position Details  

Reporting to the Director of Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP), the position is responsible for:

  • collaborating on the design, implementation and evaluation of studies that support OAHPP’s Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention research portfolio. Desired areas of focus include population health assessment, intervention research, the assessment of natural policy experiments and research on the process of building  capacity for health promotion/chronic disease prevention practice;
  • the provision of scientific and technical advice to contribute to evidence-informed public health practice and the generation of knowledge from practice.

Key Responsibilities:

The Scientist will:

  • Provide scientific guidance, expert advice to the Director of HPCDIP and Senior Scientist  in order to ensure intellectual rigour and scientific relevance in all research activities related to the  portfolio, including:
  • Collaborating on the development of the mission-related research agenda for the HPCDIP portfolio, consistent with the OAHPP’s overall strategic research priorities;
  • Serving as Investigator or Co-Investigator in HPCDIP led and collaborative research projects (including   data collection, analysis and report writing);
  • Developing research grant applications;
  • Providing expert advice and technical support for applied, ‘practice-based’ research focusing on the planning and assessment of HPCDIP-led and supported training and knowledge exchange initiatives;
  • Working with the OAHPP laboratory scientist to support the design and implementation of the Ontario Health Study
  • Supporting a program for post-doctoral and graduate students in collaboration with public health schools and relevant degree programs;
  • Providing scientific liaison functions related to relevant external committees.
  • Providing guidance and support to research coordinators and analysts responsible for data collection, data analysis and report writing;
  • Participating in the HPCDPIP strategic and operational planning cycle, including supporting the identification of emerging HPCDIP research priorities and opportunities;
  • Mentoring graduate students and post-Doctoral placements;
  • Supporting data collection strategies relevant for health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention;
  • Provide scientific and technical advice on the creation of reports.

Other duties as assigned which may include:

  • Support  policy research initiatives;
  • Manage research contracts and collaborative relationships with research organizations the MHP and other government ministries;
  • Liaison with surveillance and epidemiology as needed.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience in applied intervention research methodology, such as statistics, epidemiological modeling,  policy analysis, and  geospatial information system analysis;
  • Experience working  collaboratively with public health agencies and community organizations and coalitions ;
  • Experience in design of intervention research studies, including the collection and analysis of quantitative data (proficiency with common quantitative analysis software (SAS, SPSS, etc.);
  • Experience in the collection of and/or linking and analysis of large population-based databases;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong analytic and/or methodological skills related to public health intervention research;
  • Demonstrated success in securing research funding through competitive grants processes (Tri Council research grants and other government program sources);
  • Knowledge and experience in ethics pertaining to the conduct of public health research;
  • Experience in providing scientific feedback and mentoring of professional staff or students.

Education and Experience

  • Completed doctoral degree in a relevant public health discipline including health promotion, sociology, psychology, health communication and/or epidemiology. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate cross-disciplinary experience as well as the application of quantitative methods to assess changes in health status at the individual, community, system, and population levels.
  • Minimum 2-3 years academic experience demonstrating leadership in intervention research and evaluation pertaining to health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention
  • Eligible for (or currently holding) an academic appointment (i.e., assistant professor status) at an Ontario University within a relevant academic public health discipline

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