Health Innovation Research Analyst
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Edmonton, AB
Detailed Job Description
NOTE: This position is a 2-year grant funded appointment.

The project seeks to improve on how innovative ideas are transformed into useful products in healthcare, leading to enhanced quality of life for Canadians with unmet or inadequately addressed medical needs. The project addresses a key challenge in the Alberta and Canadian healthcare systems, which is that few innovations successfully get to market and deliver benefits to patients. The challenges are two-fold: 1) Canadian innovators face major challenges in getting their innovative ideas through the crucial phases of development, procurement, adoption and on to widespread use, 2) innovations are not developed and delivered in a manner that enables health system adoption and deployment. This project takes the view that knowledge co-creation, public-private collaboration and use of appropriate innovation processes or 'intermediaries' can improve how innovative ideas are transformed into useful products or solutions for healthcare benefits. The project will focus on both the early-stage or 'upstream' innovation process, where new ideas and concepts are developed and the later-stage ‘downstream’ process where health needs are appropriately described, and new products developed by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are tested and adopted. The project will deploy action research and participant observation methods to better understand how these different partners can work more effectively together, while identifying particular characteristics of the innovation process that influence successful outcomes.

The project involves a partnership between the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), a leading Canadian polytechnic, and Alberta Health Services, including the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (GRH), one of North America's largest rehabilitation hospitals.

One of Alberta’s Top Employers for an eighth consecutive year, NAIT offers a wealth of personal and family health and well-being benefits, training and development opportunities to support the professional growth of our staff, access to recreational and leisure facilities, a welcoming and inclusive environment unrivaled in engagement and dynamism, and co-workers who are collaborative, respectful and supportive.

Key Responsibilities:
Study and identification of innovation processes elements that support health innovation and identification of sub-optimal process elements.
Recommendations for improvement.
Identifying roles and responsibilities of partners and elements in the process.
Preparation of manuscripts for publication (observation and results.

Skills & Abilities:
The successful tech savvy candidate has business insight with a significant understanding of customer needs in the field of healthcare innovation. He/she is able to manage complex studies in ways that drive results and nurture collaboration with an emphasis on effective communication. The success of this study relies heavily on building of strong networks, situational adaptability and strategic mindset.

Qualifications:
Graduate Degree in Business with a focus on healthcare or a graduate level degree in Health Sciences.
2 – 5 years relevant work experience.
Strong understanding of successful product or service development processes and innovation adoption in the healthcare system.

Remuneration: Commensurate with experience and education. Salary and classification are currently under review.

Thank you for your application however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from World Education Services or the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) - http://work.alberta.ca/immigration/international-qualifications-assessment-service.html