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Senior Research Associate, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and the Institute for Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 15, 2012

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and the Institute for Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto, are seeking applicants for a Senior Research Associate position to start immediately.

The successful candidate will take the lead in various aspects of the SSHRC-funded project, Engaged Scholarship: Evaluation of Knowledge Mobilization for Older Adults in the Community.

Working closely with the Principal Investigator, co-investigators, and community partners, the Senior Research Associate will be responsible for: Contributing to the project's theoretical and methodological conceptualization; planning and managing quantitative and qualitative research; liaising with academics and community partners nationally and internationally; hiring and managing research staff; providing leadership to the research team; developing the student mentorship program; authoring papers for publication in academic journals; preparing and delivering conference and public presentations; planning project events such as team meetings and conferences; developing non-academic project outputs such as community presentations; and authoring and managing further grants.

The position of Senior Research Associate requires knowledge of gerontology and knowledge transfer; experience in leading large research teams, competence in quantitative research methodologies and analyses, significant financial management experience and proficiency in the management of national and international projects. Experience with IT would be an asset given the nature of the digital tools.

It is essential that the candidate have previous experience in the use of research designs such as surveys, random clinical trials and in-depth interviewing as mechanisms of evaluation and their links to the creation of social policy.

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work pursues excellence in the development and testing of new knowledge that will have an impact on social policy and social work practice at all levels, as well as social work education. We are proud of our record as one of North America's pre-eminent Social Work Faculties.

Qualifications: A PhD in the social sciences or related field; experience leading, designing and managing large research studies; demonstrated ability to attract external research funding; experience with business and community partners and a demonstrated interest in gerontology.

Starting immediately, this is a one year renewable position up to a 6 year maximum, salary + benefits commensurate with experience.

Applications must include: a full curriculum vitae, a statement of interest and the names and addresses of three referees, at least one of whom must be from a community agency. Materials must be received by October 15, 2012.

Application packages should be submitted (preferably by email) to

Lynn McDonald
Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Director, Institute and Life Course and Aging
Director, National Institute for the Care of the Elderly
University of Toronto
263 McCaul Street, Suite 328
Toronto ON M5T 1W7

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We offer opportunities to work in many collaborative programs, including Aboriginal, Canadian, environmental, ethno-cultural, sexual diversity, gender and women's studies. The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world.

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