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Research Coordinator, South Asian Network Supporting Awareness and Research

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline January 12, 2017

Type: Full Time- Contract
Rate of Pay: To commensurate with experience

Position Overview

SANSAR (South Asian Network Supporting Awareness and Research) is launching the South Asian Adolescent Diabetes Awareness Program (SAADAP).  This program will offer South Asian adolescents with a family history of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in the Greater Toronto Area an opportunity to attend group classes and individual consults with a Dietician and Kinesiologist that provide education on diabetes prevention through physical activity and healthy nutrition.

This is a two-year position, funded through a grant from the Lawson Foundation.  This individual will work closely with the principle investigator, a large team of co-investigator scientists, allied health care professionals plus community partners and knowledge-user stakeholders.  This study will use the science of behaviour change theories to increase knowledge and awareness of the prevention of T2DM among high-risk South Asian adolescents.

Specifically we are looking for an individual with qualitative and quantitative research experience and an interest in behaviour change theory.  The candidate should have experience with questionnaire development, qualitative data collection and analysis, knowledge in diabetes prevention through exercise prescription and dietary modification, comfort with program implementation as well as process evaluations, and interest in following an integrated knowledge translation process.

Participants and their family members will be enrolled through SANSAR’s South Asian Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Clinic, which screens individuals for early detection and prevention of heart disease and T2DM. The program will take place in the SANSAR office building, at 3 Conestoga Drive in Brampton, Ontario.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Project Management
  • Identify milestones, deliverables, and deadlines for various aspects of the project; prompt relevant team members to stay on task, and work to complete assigned tasks, in advance of deadlines.
  • Proactively identify barriers/threats/risks for project completion and work with team members to develop solutions.
  • Work with relevant partners involved in the project from various organizations.

Research/Protocol Writing

  • Complete Research Ethics Board (REB) applications and manage amendments as needed
  • Engage in protocol development.
  • Conduct literature searches.
  • Organize and help conduct education classes and to collect quantitative and qualitative data as per study protocol and use data to support the development of a health communication campaign targeting South Asian adolescents.
  • Apply theoretical frameworks to the development, implementation and evaluation of the SAADAP.
  • Oversee the setup and day-to-day running of the education classes and individual consultations with the Registered Dietician and Registered Kinesiogist.
  • Assist investigators in preparation of materials for presentation and publication.
  • May liaise with study sponsors for monitoring/audits.

Communication with Stakeholders

  • Work with relevant partners involved in the project from various organizations.
  • Work with team members to implement techniques to successfully engage adolescents representing a variety of stakeholder groups.
  • As a role model and champion you will work to identify and integrate safe, best practices into daily activities to foster the delivery of a safe and exemplary program.


  • A Masters degree in a related field (e.g. Public Health, Kinesiology and Health studies) and a minimum of two years of experience related to the area of study.
  • Experience working in a research environment and/or a clinical setting.
  • Ability to consider relevant theory (e.g., health psychology and sociology) to understand individual and social determinants of diabetes prevention).
  • Experience in program evaluation
  • Experience collecting quantitative data and conducting quantitative analyses.
  • Experience collecting qualitative data and conducting qualitative analyses.
  • Familiarity with administrative databases.
  • Ability to translate complex ideas into lay language.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills with attention to detail.
  • Strong knowledge in internet-based research and well developed skills using Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work well in a deadline-oriented and team-based environment.
  • Strong multi-tasking, time and project management skills.
  • Demonstrates SANSAR vision, mission, and values.
  • Interest in contributing to integrated knowledge translation process that aims to improve community health.

Certification as a Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Kinesiologist and/or Registered Dietician a definite asset

How To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter to, no later than January 12th, 2017.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

SANSAR is dedicated to improving the heart health of the South Asian community across Canada. The SAADAP will be the first initiative of its kind, providing a much-needed and crucial service to this community. By offering a culturally-tailored and ethnically-sensitive education experience, we hope that South Asian adolescents with a family history of diabetes are able to walk away with tools and the support they need to make healthy lifestyle changes in their own lives. We invite qualified and concerned healthcare professionals to join our team and to help us execute this program.