Implementation Science Research Associate
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
The Office of Lifelong Learning and Physician Learning Program (PLP) is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (FoMD), and works to enhance the knowledge and skills of community practitioners in quality improvement initiatives. PLP's mandate is to support physicians and teams in advancing practice by addressing learning needs, providing information, practice data, feedback reports, along with knowledge transfer activities. Our department offers a positive and collegial culture, and is undergoing positive growth.

As a research associate, you will study the implementation of a quality improvement initiative in surgical departments across Alberta, with the goal of informing ongoing implementation in future sites. You will draw on your expertise in qualitative data methodologies, experience in health care research, and knowledge of implementation science to plan and carry out a project to examine implementation strategies, their impacts and outcomes in five different pilot sites. Results of this project will be key in informing roll-out of the initiative in additional future sits. As such, you’ll contribute significantly to furthering implementation science and quality improvement in Albertan hospitals.

You have a proven ability to effectively engage and collaborate with multidisciplinary stakeholders, and build strong relationships. You will use theoretically informed implementation science frameworks to carry out data collection in the field and data analysis, and will identify actionable recommendations to improve the implementation process at future sites. If you are enthusiastic about helping us inspire and enable a learning health care system, then we’d like to hear from you.


Plans and carries out a substantial qualitative study of NSQIP implementation at five pilot sites in Alberta, to effectively support the roll out and implementation of the NSQIP program across hospitals in Alberta.
Develops a rich understanding of the successes and challenges of NSQIP implementation from the perspective of different professionals involved, drawing on an implementation science approach as well as other theoretical perspectives on organizations, culture, and behaviour change.
Liaises effectively, to build strong and effective relationships with stakeholders in the Department of Surgery, and develops a deep understanding of the culture and operational processes in surgical departments.
Designs the research project and evaluation studies, determining the most appropriate methodology, and develops data collection protocols /instruments.
Oversees and manages the NSQIP retrospective study including adherence to proposed timelines for recruitment and data analysis.
Performs data collection using multiple qualitative approaches and methods. Analyses qualitative data in a rigorous and theory-informed manner
Identifies, analyzes, and articulates learnings from pilot implementations in order to promote effective and successful roll out of NSQIP at hospitals throughout Alberta.
Prepares a report for key stakeholders, summarizing the findings of the study and presenting actionable recommendations for improving the introduction and implementation of NSQIP at other sites.
Prepares an academic manuscript on the project for publication in peer-reviewed journals or presentation at academic conferences.


PhD in a relevant health or social science field (e.g., Anthropology, Sociology), with a deep understanding of implementation science approaches, qualitative and mixed methods, and social science theory. Post doctoral training is preferred. Experience with health care research or health sciences is preferred.
3-5 years of experience in a relevant research field with a focus on qualitative research methods
A valid driver’s license is required
Expert knowledge of qualitative research methodologies and analyses
Experience applying theoretical models of communication, shared decision making, behaviour, culture and system change to interventions.
Advanced knowledge and understanding of implementation frameworks, knowledge translation frameworks and related methodologies.
Experience in stakeholder engagement; able to build and manage excellent relationships
Expertise in complex problem identification and definition.
Able to work independently and at off site locations.
Strong knowledge and experience in Knowledge Translation and Quality Improvement is preferred
Demonstrated experience with academic writing for publication in peer-reviewed journals
Excellent analytical ability and critical thinking skills.
Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills.
Positive attitude and ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Ability to work with physicians, surgeons, nurses, researchers and other healthcare providers, at the University of Alberta and outside of it.
Adaptability to a changing environment, flexibility to accommodate working demands.
Demonstrated initiative, resourcefulness, problem-solving abilities and results achievement.
Knowledge of healthcare industry and terminology an asset
This position involves some travel within Edmonton and within the province.

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has a term length of one year, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $58,210 - $80,050. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. This competition will remain open until filled, however, a review of applications will begin on January 30, 2019.