Junior Research Associate
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
The research associate will be engaged in research activities of the Health Technology and Policy Portfolio (HTPP). The HTPP undertakes research aimed at creating knowledge to support fair, evidence-informed decision making around the introduction and use of health technologies in the publicly funded health care system. It also conducts health technology assessments (HTAs) and evidence reviews for Alberta Health. HTA uses evaluative methods from the social and applied sciences, including clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, modelling and qualitative techniques to systematically examine the clinical, economic, social, legal, ethical and overall system implications of health technologies. Given its broad scope, the position requires proficiency in systematic review and scoping review methods; basic quantitative techniques; and qualitative approaches to collecting and analyzing data. Strong communication skills are needed, since the position must interact with many different stakeholder communities. While this position will primarily be involved in the HTA activities of the unit, (s)he will have the opportunity to be engaged in other research related to methods for assessing technologies throughout their lifecycle and determining the broader social value of personalized medicines and technologies for rare diseases as part of the other grants held by members of the portfolio. Therefore, activities in which the research associate will be involved in include planning, developing, conducting, implementing and disseminating research in the form of HTAs and other empirical work.

Since the HTPP is team-based, the research associate will work closely with all staff. However, because the team is small, (s)he must be able to multi-task and work independently to ensure tasks assigned to her/him are completed effectively and efficiently. He/she will also interact with government representatives, senior members of the clinical community, other members of different stakeholder communities involved in project and research teams from other universities. The research associate will suggest appropriate methods for addressing specific policy questions for government and other research questions identified through academic work of the HTPP.

Responsibilities

Identify, select and extra data from relevant scholarly studies
Apply critical appraisal methods to the quality assessment of studies
Conduct quantitative analyses using meta-analytic techniques
Synthesize qualitative data through narrative reviews
Prepare scientific manuscripts based on the findings
Consult with stakeholders
Draft reports suitable for policy development
Prepare scientific manuscripts based on the findings
Manage large administrative data sets
Undertake statistical analyses to identify health service utilization patterns across different patients populations and assess variations in outcomes following different interventions
Identify key stakeholders for each project
Coordinate and participate in the collection of information from each stakeholder community, which may include interviews, focus groups, and surveys
Undertake analyses of qualitative and quantitative information collected
Represent the HTPP at meetings and conference
Attend meetings of government-appointed expert committees and provide methodological advice and guidance during such meetings
Make presentations to government and Alberta Health Services and present findings at academic conference
Help organize and teach workshops on HTA methods
Participate in the design and implementation of protocol for research related to innovative methods for assessing the value of new health technologies for small populations, including personalize medicines
Participate in the development and writing of grant proposals to funding agencies
Qualifications

MSc in epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research, or public health
Minimum of 5 years research experience in a post graduate research and education environment
Publication track record in relevant area preferred
Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills
Strong communication skills (both written and oral)
Strong interpersonal, organizational, and critical thinking skills
Ability to work independently and in a team
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel)
Proficient in Review Manager or other software for conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses
Proficient in STATA, SPSS, or SAS
Proficient in nVIVO
Proficient in Reference Manager, RefWorks, or other bibliographic database management software
In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff agreement, this position has an approximate appointment of 2 years, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $58,210 to $72,770.