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Scientific Lead, WCH Women’s Exchange (Women’s College Research Institute)

Toronto, Ontario
No deadline noted

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled

Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term care is funding a women's health knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) centre at Women’s College Hospital called WCH Women's Exchange. The new centre will play a large role in KTE for the ministry's research investments in women's health as well as a role in supporting community-based research initiatives. The centre will be involved in connecting with women's health researchers and developing strategies to disseminate and support the uptake of women's health research findings across Ontario.  

An exciting Permanent Full-Time opportunity as a Scientific Lead for the WCH Women’s Exchange exists in the Women’s College Research Institute. Reporting to the VP, Research, Women’s College Hospital, the Scientific Lead will oversee all aspects of the project, providing both scientific expertise and operational leadership for the initiative. We are looking for someone who is energetic, creative, and collaborative, with a strong methodological background relevant to community-based research.

Job activities but not limited to:

Community-based research activities:

  • Provide input and guidance on structuring the process for awarding funds to the community groups
  • Connect research teams to relevant resources (Directory of Women’s Health Researchers, local organizations, academic resources, etc.)
  • Provide support and guidance for the development of concepts, materials, metrics, etc. of community-based and/or community-initiated research projects
  • Recommend the most appropriate format for structuring a project that could be reasonably achieved within 12-18 month time frame

Academic scholarship development:

  • Lead workshops for community-based research focusing on research design and research synthesis
  • Provide support with the writing of peer-reviewed publications and ministry reports
  • Inform investigators and students about relevant resources, courses and other educational tools
  • Track capacity development of students and new investigators

Knowledge translation activities:

  • Develop relationships with senior-level leaders in health care and research communities to promote collaboration
  • Develop strategies to disseminate and support the uptake of women’s health research findings across Ontario
  • Facilitate linkages between researchers, communities, and decision-makers for the dissemination and uptake of research evidence

For all activities, metrics will need to be reported.

The responsibilities described above are representative and are not to be construed as all-inclusive.


  • PhD in a health-research related field (or equivalent)
  • Experience conducting rigorous research in wide range of areas including: community-based research, patterns of care/process of care, appropriateness of care, health services, patient experience, and health policy
  • Advanced understanding of research including: research synthesis, research design, data analysis, knowledge translation, communication of research results, selection and development of measurement tools
  • Interest in the field of women’s health with an appreciation for diversity and awareness of the issues and challenges of the sector
  • Thorough understanding of Ontario’s health care system and community services sector
  • Strong communication and writing skills; advanced ability to write for key audiences
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), knowledge translation tools, internet-based research, social media, etc.
  • Ability to work effectively in an evolving organizational context
  • This position plays a critical role in acting as an advocate for safety and will demonstrate principles, practices and processes that will optimize a safe environment for all.

For more information about qualifications and job activities, please see the job posting:

Please forward resumes via email to with the position title in the subject line.

We thank you for your interest, however, only qualified applicants who are selected to be interviewed will be contacted.

Women’s College Hospital is the first and only independent, academic, ambulatory care hospital in Ontario with a primary focus on the health of women. If you’re ready to be part of the future of healthcare, then you will want to join an institution in which the possibilities for creative innovation, breakthroughs in new thinking and groundbreaking work in academic ambulatory medicine are limitless. Women’s College Hospital is committed to patient safety as a key professional value and an essential component of daily practice.

Women’s College Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fairness and equity in employment and encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, members of racialized groups and women. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.