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Epidemiologist, Canadian Cancer Society

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline February 1, 2015

File no.: CCP-15-01
Posting Date: January 19, 2015
Report to: Director, Cancer Control Policy
Closing date: February 1, 2015
Department/Location: Cancer Control Policy / National

Who we Are

We’ve made tremendous progress in the fight against cancers in the last 75 years, but the fight is not over. Every three minutes, another Canadian is faced with the disease. Join our team of cancer fighters and make a difference now.
The Canadian Cancer Society makes the most impact, with Canadians, against cancers, for life.  We are Canada’s largest cancer charity and the largest national charitable funder of cancer research. By joining our team, you can help us continue to prevent cancer, save lives and support people living with cancer.

Working with the Canadian Cancer Society is a great opportunity to make a difference in someone's life, be part of a passionate team, share your experience and learn new skills. Our organization focuses on creating and maintaining a workplace where people are recognized and valued and we are committed to providing employees with ongoing growth and learning opportunities.

Job Purpose    

The epidemiologist plays a key role in summarizing cancer statistics and related disease statistics, as well as the interpretation of complex data and scientific research into the development of evidence based policy for the Society. This position also plays a critical role in the development of the annual Canadian Cancer Statistics publication.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Provide epidemiologic expertise to support the development of the annual Canadian Cancer Statistics publication
  • Provide knowledge translation related to cancer statistics and surveillance, including responding to internal and public inquiries related to cancer statistics and surveillance
  • Critically evaluate individual research studies and bodies of scientific research to draw conclusions and synthesize the results of this research in briefing notes, position statements, and information materials.
  • Provide introductory education on cancer surveillance for national, divisional and Cancer Information Service staff
  • Review selected cancer information material for accuracy
  • Contribute to the development of the Cancer Control Policy work to expand the reach and depth of national policy work.
  • Liaise with health-based national and international organizations, government agencies and other cancer surveillance stakeholders
  • Serve as a media spokesperson on cancer surveillance if appropriate
  • Works in compliance with the provisions of The Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations, and complies with the Society’s Health & Safety policy.

Staff Management responsibility

  • Manages one staff and on occasion volunteers/students
  • Engages and retains qualified employees to meet business priorities.
  • Provides support and direction in the development, alignment and accomplishment of objectives through on-going performance feedback, recognition and coaching.
  • Provides a safe and healthy work environment for team members and relevant stakeholders. Ensures they work in compliance with The Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations and the Society’s Health & Safety Policy.
  • Mentors and assists junior staff.


  • Graduate degree with a focus on epidemiology, public health or population health. PhD level preferred, or MSc in epidemiology or MPH with focus on epidemiology with commensurate experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • 3-5 years of experience or training in cancer epidemiology
  • Experience/training in disease surveillance
  • Exceptional statistical analysis and interpretation skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Flexibility for rapidly changing priorities
  • Experience working with multi-disciplinary teams

Working conditions    

  • Office environment with occasional requirements to work outside of regular office hours
  • Occasional day/overnight travel
  • Sits for extended periods
  • Involves significant computer use

Send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations to:

Ali Taylor    
Benefits, Pension and Recruitment Specialist
Canadian Cancer Society, National
55 St. Clair West, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M4V 2Y7
Fax: 416-861-4169

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Canadian Cancer Society is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. The Society will make available reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request.