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Primary Care Scientist, Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund

Calgary, Alberta
Deadline March 5, 2018

Requisition #: ALB00026000
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Pay Rate: $34.52 - $59.20 per hour
Job Type: Regular Full-Time

Your Opportunity

As the Scientist for Primary Care you will have a key leadership role in providing direction and overseeing prevention and screening interventions at the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund (ACPLF). The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience in applied research, implementation science and/or knowledge translation. You will be responsible and accountable for providing direction to the innovation streams in the ACPLF. The purpose of the Primary Care stream is to work in collaboration with stakeholders, including primary/acute/cancer care providers, so that every patient who may benefit is offered and supported with effective cancer prevention interventions and screening. This will be accomplished through the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative, evidence-based projects.

The ACPLF was created in 2006 through the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Act with the mandate: "to support and encourage cancer prevention initiatives, including research, education, public policy development, and social marketing initiatives". It is a data-driven innovation arm of Alberta Health Services (AHS) that, through partnership, brings proven and relevant strategies for cancer and chronic disease prevention to individuals, communities, workplaces, and the health system. ACPLF is pioneering a data-driven, multi-pronged, and multi-sectoral approach that engages Albertans and works with partners to create conditions that promote health and lower cancer and chronic disease risk. We make it a priority to identify and address unjust and avoidable differences in cancer and chronic disease risk in everything we do. We empower individuals and change social norms, help communities and workplaces create more supportive physical and social environments, and drive health system transformation.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to: Plan and implement research, evaluation, and measurement initiatives ensuring investigation aligns with priority areas and is scientifically sound. Lead the integration of evidence into practice in collaboration with a team of stakeholders both internal and external to AHS. Lead, create and negotiate the implementation of innovative scientific solutions to complex and diverse issues. Contribute to development of new applied scientific methodologies and the published literature. Ensure decision makers understand the evidence that was synthesized and contributes to decisions consistent with evidence. Collaborate across divisions within AHS, with Academic institutions and other sectors provincially and nationally. Work collaboratively with a team of other Scientists, an Evaluation Lead, and the Integration and Project Management Leads to ensure integration across all innovation streams. Provide scientific direction and mentoring to research and evaluation associates/assistants to ensure scientific rigor.


  • A Doctorate degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or health services research, plus a minimum of 5 years' experience undertaking research in a health related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience conducting complex statistical analyzes for epidemiologic and/or health services research.
  • A minimum of 5 years in a health care organization of significant size, complexity and diversity (healthcare experience an asset).
  • Demonstrates expertise in research methods, epidemiology, and theoretical frameworks that apply to developing and implementing applied research projects in the primary care setting.
  • Extensive knowledge of quantitative research methodologies and biostatistical analyses including conducting scientific and epidemiologic investigations and translating evidence for informed decision making.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Experience managing multidisciplinary projects that involve multiple stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to liaise with senior leaders in health care, researchers, planners and senior administrators throughout AHS, Universities, Alberta Health, and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Strong ability to plan, organize and manage short and long term plans and projects and deliver customer-focused results.
  • Excellent critical appraisal skills.
  • Strong conceptual and problem solving skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, influential skills, client focused orientation and commitment to providing quality services.
  • A demonstrated clear pattern of professional and personal development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a high-paced team setting and independently.
  • Currently possess or will seek an adjunct position within an academic institution.

Please visit and search for requisition # ALB00026000 to apply.

Posting End Date: 05-MAR-2018