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Scientific Director and Senior Scientist, Toxicology and Exposure Assessment, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline June 25, 2013

Title: Scientific Director and Senior Scientist, Toxicology and Exposure Assessment
Program:   Environmental & Occupational Health
Job ID: 13-0007

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 Chief, Environmental and Occupational Heath, the Scientific Director and Senior Scientist, Toxicology and Exposure Assessment provides scientific knowledge, analysis, products and services to support front line practitioners in public health units and policy makers in Ontario in the area of toxicology and exposure assessment.

Provides scientific expertise and leadership in the development, initiation and conduct of independent and collaborative research of strategic significant related to PHO’s role in environmental health.

Key Responsibilities    

As Scientific Director, Toxicology and Exposure Assessment:

  • Leads, provides strategic direction and overall development of the toxicology and exposure assessment consultation service across the province in accordance with the mandate of Public Health Ontario (PHO) to protect and advance the public’s health.
  • Provides direction and expert consultative advice to department environmental science professionals to ensure they provide the necessary level of scientific rigour, timeliness and relevance in order to improve the quality of responses to requests on existing and emerging environmental and occupational health issues by Medical Offers of Health, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, government staff and health professionals.
  • Promotes and leads the operational implementation of new strategies, directions, or practices in the area of toxicology and exposure assessment, in collaboration with the Chief as well as setting the standards for scientific rigour and relevance in all work produced by the department.
  • Provides expert consultative services and advice to PHO, and provides direction and oversight to the team responsible for Toxicology and Exposure Assessment.
  • Manages risk against established risk system/model for programs.
  • Provides oversight for department compliance with PHO and government policies, standards, rules.
  • Manages cross enterprise business relationships to ensure conflict is resolved.
  • Participates in operational planning and in the development of performance expectations and acts as a major contributor to the planning and direction of the Environmental and Occupational Health Department.

As Senior Scientist, Toxicology and Exposure Assessment:

  • Provides critical scientific authoritative analysis and expert consultative services to PHO, Medical Officers of Health, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, government staff and health professionals across the Province concerning toxicology and exposure assessment requests and referrals of existing and emerging environmental and occupational health issues in order to prevent a range of non-communicable diseases and promote the health and well-being of Ontarians.
  • Provides senior scientific review of work by more junior scientific staff in support of all toxicology and exposure assessment issues and response service including development and implements strategies to continuously improve rigour and relevance of products and services.
  • Acts as the primary scientific contact and subject matter expert in toxicology and exposure assessment to define ongoing assessment needs, resolve issues and to develop and implement strategies to support major research projects.
  • Works with the Chief in the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans and monitors and reports on the quality of technical responses prepared by department staff.
  • Ensures rigorous scientific methodology guides all decision making as it relates to toxicology and exposure assessment and public health and the development of all related procedures and activities.
  • Develops, initiates, and conducts research related to PHO’s role in environmental health including managing research grant applications.
  • Collaborates on, and facilitates, research projects with provincial, national and international organizations and universities; obtains independent peer reviewed external research funding including grant competitions run by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
  • Supports senior management in the management of emergency and exigent situations, identifying matters of potential public health and informs the senior leadership as appropriate.
  • Develops and advises on standards, guidelines, methodologies and procedures used by department staff to promote the highest quality performance of toxicology and exposure assessment response services.
  • Provides educational services by teaching in post-secondary institutions, training students at the graduate level and in professional development of public health practitioners; presenting papers at conferences, giving seminars or presentations to professional or lay groups and supervising graduate students working at PHO.
  • Provides project leadership to assigned employees, scientists, research associates as required.
  • Participates on local, national and international advisory committees.

Knowledge and Skills  

  • In-depth knowledge of environmental health issues of importance in Ontario.
  • Eligibility for (or currently holding) an academic appointment at one or more Ontario universities.
  • Track record of success in publication and in obtaining research grants.

Education and Experience  

  • PhD in Toxicology, Exposure Assessment, Environmental Science or related field with in-depth knowledge of basic sciences related to exposure assessment, toxicology and public health.
  • Professional certification in toxicology or a related discipline is desirable.
  • Seven or more years of experience related to assessment and resolution of practical problems encountered in exposure assessment and toxicology in a public health context.
  • Seven or more years of practical experience in working with practitioners and policy-makers involved in delivering environmental health services and programs.

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Thank you for your interest in this position, however, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.