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Scientist – Population Health Intervention Research Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
No deadline noted

Five year contract, with potential for reappointment

Organizational Overview: Public Health Ontario (“PHO”) 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, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world. PHO 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.
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Position Details: Reporting to the Director of Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDI), the Scientist is responsible for leading on the design and implementation of solution-focused population health intervention research (PHIR), which involves “the use of scientific methods to produce knowledge about policy and program interventions that operate within or outside of the health sector and have the potential to impact health at the population level.” ( This position will remain open until filled.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate and provide scientific leadership to ensure intellectual rigor and scientific relevance in PHIR-related initiatives undertaken by HPCDIP, including:
  • Serve as Investigator or Co-Investigator in collaborative intervention research projects including conceptualization, research design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination.
  • Engage closely with PHO and public health partners in policy and practice in the development of well-designed population and public health interventions.
  • Develop research grant applications and provide scientific oversight for funded projects.
  • Contribute scientific and methodological expertise to HPCDIP projects.
  • Collaborate on the development of HPCDIP’s research agenda consistent with PHO’s overall strategic research priorities.
  • Work with the Director, Senior Scientist, and other members of the research team to develop, implement, and evaluate the research agenda for HPCDIP.
  • Support a program for post-doctoral and graduate students in collaboration with the Senior Scientist, public health schools and relevant degree programs, including student mentoring.
  • Provide scientific liaison functions related to relevant internal and external committees.
  • Participate in the HPCDPIP strategic and operational planning cycles, including support for the identification of emerging PHIR priorities and opportunities;
  • Provide scientific and technical advice on the creation of evidence-informed reports.

Other duties as assigned which may include:

  • Manage research-related contracts and collaborative relationships with research organizations and government ministries.

Knowledge and Skills include:

  • High level of competence in scientific enquiry including demonstrated experience in study design, data management and extraction, quantitative and qualitative data analyses, policy analysis, and economic evaluation.
  • Strong understanding and ability to conceptualize and understand intervention processes, outcomes and impacts at multiple levels.
  • Experience in applied research in health and social policy.
  • Experience working collaboratively with government, research organizations, local public health units, community organizations and coalitions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including with practitioners and policy-makers as well as peers as evidenced by publication in peer-reviewed journals, reports, and presentations.
  • Demonstrated success in securing research funding through competitive grants processes (Tri Council research grants and other government program sources).
  • Knowledge and experience in developing applications for ethical approval pertaining to the conduct of PHIR.
  • Experience in providing scientific feedback and mentoring of professional staff and/or students.

Education and Experience include:

  • Completed doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate cross-disciplinary experience as well as experience with the application of scientific methods to assess the impact of programs or policies on population health.
  • PHIR-related research experience in healthy eating, physical activity and/or obesity prevention within a life course approach prioritizing children and youth an asset.
  • Minimum of two to three years of post-PhD. experience in research and evaluation pertaining to population health.
  • 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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Your cover letter and resume must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications/competencies.
Thank you for your interest in this position, however, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.