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Scientist, Epidemiology, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 31, 2012

Position Title: Scientist, Epidemiology
Department: Surveillance and Epidemiology
Duration: Permanent
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto
Posting Date: October 10, 2012
Closing Date: October 31, 2012

Organization Summary:
Public Health Ontario is a Crown corporation 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 Summary:

The Scientist, Epidemiology conducts a program of collaborative research in immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases. Reporting to the Chief, Infectious Diseases, the incumbent supports the work of the Infectious Diseases team, and liaises with other Public Health Ontario (PHO) pillars in five principal areas through:

  • application of and consultation on advanced epidemiological methods and construction of tools and models that support PHO’s role in research, surveillance, population health assessment, planning, and disease control activities related to immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases (IVPD).
  • guiding and facilitating epidemiological analysis of public health surveillance data by colleagues.
  • by facilitating collaborations between PHO and epidemiological colleagues in public health and academia.
  • development of novel epidemiological methods and adaptation of existing methods for application to IVPD.
  • working to facilitate the use of appropriate analytic methods in IVPD research and surveillance activities by public health personnel in Ontario via team building, knowledge translation, and mentorship activities.
  • As with all PHO personnel, the Scientist, Epidemiology may be called on to perform such tasks both in relation to long-term disease control policy, and in the service of short-term outbreak control activities in IVPD.

Key Responsibilities:

In conjunction with teammates from the Communicable and Infectious Diseases program, the Scientist, Epidemiology will:

  • Manage grant-funded staff.
  • Take a leadership role in the development of a program of epidemiological studies and complex epidemiological analysis related to IVPD.
  • Develop an independent program of research with peer-reviewed funding.
  • Manage and take responsibility for research budgets.
  • Work collaboratively to guide epidemiological colleagues in the optimal use of methods for study design and statistical analysis of epidemiological data.
  • Contribute to the design and analysis of large, population-based cohort studies that are conducted by PHO and its affiliates related to IVPD. Affiliated studies include the Ontario Health Study.
  • Identify and develop infrastructure (e.g., identify software needs) and networks (e.g. with academic partners) necessary to build and sustain epidemiological capacity within PHO.
  • Serve as an IVPD subject matter expert and resource within PHO and as a liaison between PHO and epidemiologists from partner agencies (including Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, and the Institut Nationale de la Sante Publique de Quebec).
  • Engage in knowledge translation activities, including presentation of findings, initiatives, and relevant PHO activities at meetings and conferences, including national and international scientific meetings, and build and maintain a network of external partners at Ontario research and educational institutions.
  • Engage in improving the understanding of epidemiological methods as tools that support optimal public health decision making and policy development in IVPD, through both formal and informal internal teaching and mentorship activities.
  • Supervise graduate students and trainees and teach in graduate programs.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Eligible for (or currently holding) an academic appointment (i.e., assistant professor status or higher) at an Ontario university.
  • Completed doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in epidemiology.
  • Two to three years of experience in conducting research studies.
  • Experience in analytic research methods including those used for IVPD to estimate vaccine effectiveness and detect safety signals (case series method).
  • Experience in working collaboratively with public health agencies and community organizations and coalitions.
  • Experience in translating the results of research for policy application.
  • Experience in design of intervention research studies, including the collection and analysis of quantitative data (proficiency with common quantitative analysis software (SAS, SPSS, etc.).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong analytic and/or methodological skills related to IVPD research and program evaluation.
  • 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.

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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.