Research Associate III - Institute for Better Health
Trillium Health Partners
Mississauga, ON
Job Description
Position: Research Associate III

Status: Temporary Full Time (1)

Dept/Program: Institute for Better Health

Site: Mississauga Hospital

Posted: August 8, 2019

Internal Deadline: August 15, 2019

Trillium Health Partners (THP) is one of the largest community-based acute care facilities in Canada. Comprised of the Credit Valley Hospital, the Mississauga Hospital and the Queensway Health Centre, Trillium Health Partners serves the growing and diverse populations of Mississauga, West Toronto and surrounding communities and is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

Our Mission: A New Kind of Health Care for a Healthier Community

When we set out to build our vision and future, we connected with our community - patients, families, visitors, physicians, staff and volunteers. The foundational goals of our new strategic plan - quality, access and sustainability - anchor everything we do. Our mission for a new kind of health care is built on an inter-connected system of care organized around patients - inside and outside the hospital.

At THP, we are relentless in providing high quality, compassionate care to our communities and take great pride in fostering an inclusive and accessible environment and we are all accountable for contributing to a healthy, safe and respectful environment for healing and promoting excellence in patient care though advancing patient and staff safety. If you are passionate about what you do, motivated to improve the health of the community, committed to excellence, quality and patient safety we would like you to join our Better Together team!

Trillium Health Partners - Institute for Better Health

Trillium Health Partners' (THP) Strategic Plan has identified research as a key priority for achieving its vision of delivering a new kind of health care for a healthier community and the Institute for Better Health (IBH) was created to support this vision. The IBH creates diverse and meaningful partnerships within and beyond Trillium Health Partners with the aim of improving the health of our community. Through this, IBH supports a diverse spectrum of research across THP, including biomedical, clinical, population health, health services and educational research, as well as leads research focused on population health and improving health services. THPs mission of creating a new kind of health care for a healthier community is enabled by strategic research partnerships and collaboration of health researchers. That is why we are seeking a talented Research Associate to join our Better Together team.

The Role

The Research Associate role within the IBH supports research studies and initiatives across the organization and within the community. Through this role the successful candidate has the opportunity to work in a multivariate stakeholder environment both independently and as part of collaborative multi-disciplinary focused research groups supporting various projects. This role facilitates the responsible conduct of research through support of research studies within THP. This support includes coordinating research study logistics, timelines and budgets; and undertaking the daily study activities and meeting the ethics and regulatory requirements of various research studies. This is a unique opportunity to be exposed to the hospital setting, support innovative health research and to play a pivotal role in enabling and mobilizing health research within and beyond the walls of Trillium Health Partners.

Scope of Work - The successful candidate will support a portfolio of research focused on Patient and Family-Centred Care among other research and scholarly activities as assigned.

Role Requirements

The successful candidate must meet the following qualification and skill requirements, demonstrate the ability to take on the following responsibilities, and demonstrate the following competencies:

Qualifications and Skills

Successful completion of either a university degree or college diploma in health or information sciences with a minimum of 6 years’ experience in research; or Masters degree in an appropriate specialization (health or science related field) with a minimum of 4 years’ experience in research
Experience working with patient level health data for research purposes
Experience with the collection, analysis and reporting of health research data
Experience with managing data quality and integrity
Experience with coordinating research activities
Demonstrated initiative, independence, organization and productivity
Demonstrated experience with qualitative data collection and analysis
Experience with statistical software packages (SAS, R, Mplus, SPSS, MATLAB or STATA) an asset
Experience with REDCap an asset
Interest in human centered design and new technologies is an asset
Proficient academic writing skills is an asset (protocol development, grant writing, manuscript development, poster and abstract development)

Contribute significantly to the development of project objectives and research protocol, analysis and dissemination of results and the organization and coordination of a major portion of the research activities
May conduct principal research activities associated with a project
May assist the Researcher with research activities including supporting study specific research ethics and regulatory submission requirements
Work from general guidelines determined in conjunction with the Researcher and assume responsibility for project objectives
Plan and execute studies or experiments required at different stages of a research project with minimal supervision, including creating and modifying study documents (e.g. recruitment material, consent forms, data collection forms, protocols)
Responsible for the quality and the relevance of your own and others work (those under your supervision)
Selects and plans the implementation and administration of methods and techniques for the collection of data and other tasks (query resolution, compliance corrective action plans)
May be required to improve or adapt existing systems
Lead the general study operations and logistical planning (timelines, budgets, resources)
Conceptualize, develop and prepare requests for grants, technical reports, and other communications and publications related to the research activities
Supervise project-level research staff (Level II Research Associates and trainees)
Lead study coordination, conduct and data collection across multiple sites including developing and/or selecting questionnaires and other study tools, and the recruitment and training of interviewers and other project staff
May participate in all phases of study design, data collection and analysis and report writing
Participate in inter-institutional research project collaborations (establishing and maintaining research collaborations)
Lead data preparation, analysis, presentations and the development of study proposals under the direction of Researchers including analyzing and interpreting results using selected methods, preparing technical reports, summaries, protocols and quantitative and qualitative analysis
Design and execute literature searches and prepare synthesis of the evidence
Investigates, creates and develops new methods and techniques/technologies for project advancement including those related to the collection of data and the interpretation of results
Ensure data integrity
Support other research related projects as assigned
Other responsibilities as may be assigned

Takes ownership, accountability, and responsibility for his/her actions and own performance
Demonstrates an ability to accept change and manage change effectively
Seeks new experiences to develop his/her capabilities
Demonstrates a pattern of self-development and a drive to learn by engaging in formal and informal learning to develop knowledge and technical skills
Demonstrates integrity, humility, maturity, empathy, and a positive attitude
Works collaboratively with others to meet goals
Speaks and writes clearly, concisely, and with impact
Takes pride in his/her work, balancing quality, capacity and risk
Demonstrates critical thinking skills
Seeks out, considers, and integrates the appropriate data, ideas, and experiences to make decisions and solve problems
Translates ideas and concepts into practical solutions

Internal Candidates who believe they possess the necessary qualifications and experience for this position and who have been in their current position for at least six (6) months are encouraged to apply.

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Trillium Health Partners is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a healthy, safe and respectful environment for healing, based on our values compassion, excellence and courage. To be Better Together, we commit to fostering a respectful workplace culture that promotes a safe and supportive environment for everyone who provides care, supports caregiving, receives care or visits the hospital.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code Trillium Health Partners will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.

All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Trillium Health Partners is identified under the French Language Services Act.

We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.