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Research Associate, Health Policy, School of Public Policy

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Job ID: 14417

Updated: January 11, 2018

Location: Downtown Campus

Position Overview

The School of Public Policy invites applications for a Research Associate, Health Policy . This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The School of Public Policy is an institute at the University of Calgary located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 2008, the school is devoted to public policy research and education, and is led by Dr. PG Forest. Located at the University of Calgary's downtown campus, it is home to over 60 full-time or part-time faculty and fellows. The school is organized into three policy areas: Economic and Social Policy, Energy and Environmental Policy, and International Policy.

This position reports to the Director of Health Policy and normally involves working Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week. It entails undertaking analysis and research independently and within a team approach in a fast moving and changing environment, often involving multiple stakeholders. The position will involve working at the School of Public Policy Office (downtown campus). Presentation and communication of research and research results to a variety of audiences and in different venues is expected (i.e. presentations at conferences, workshops, team meetings as well as in various written publications). Peak times will occur near deadlines for reporting analysis and results to project stakeholders.


Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Work within the research team, and independent, in the application of analytical skills in policy analysis and statistical analysis (summary statistics and regression analysis) for the collection, formatting and analysis of data, includes comparing and/or validating results or methodologies with established literature
  • Organize time effectively so that research results are produced by set deadlines that support overall project timelines. This Research Associate will support data compilation, analysis, and conduct qualitative interviews and will collaborate regularly and closely with team members (i.e., participation in project meetings and brainstorming sessions) as required or to conduct research, obtain and verify results, and may conduct program evaluation projects
  • Follow set guidelines for completion of qualitative data analysis but may recommend changes to research methods
  • Undertake analysis of policies, programs, and supports as they relate to the research topic, using quantitative and/or qualitative methods of data collection. This includes research question definition, review of the relevant literature, data gathering, application of appropriate theory and empirical analysis, development and assessment of results, development of policy implications and recommendations, and the writing and presentation of reports and other study products to stakeholders
  • The Research Associate will be directly involved in the research components of several different research projects at any point in time
  • Collection of data relevant to the research topic, specifically regarding the policies, programs and supports at a national level of the research topic, (such as interviews, economic evaluations, demographic review, program outcomes, supportive policies and programs, etc.)
  • Data analysis: undertakes analysis involving anything from simple data regression models up to and including advanced econometric analytics, as well as graphic representation of conclusions and results. The Research Associate will provide expertise in understanding how methods can be adapted to the research topic
  • Results assessment: undertakes a careful and insightful evaluation and interpretation of all analytical results. The Research Associate will assess and interpret results in the context of existing literature in the research topic
  • Development and communication of policy implications and recommendations: provides an evaluation of all policy implications of the results and develops carefully considered recommendations for practical and effective policy responses based on data analysis
  • Engage in stakeholder consultation and partner development meetings to guide analysis
  • Regularly updates project team on data collection and analysis, as well as prepare and present reports of results using excellent technical writing skills

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Graduate degree with practical experience in one or more related fields of: public policy, health related policy, economic policy, and statistics
  • 3 to 5 years of work experience is necessary, a combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Experience in qualitative interview techniques, survey design, and ethics applications is an asset
  • Experience with methods of systematic reviews is an asset
  • Knowledge of disability policy in Canada is an asset
  • Expertise with database management and data collection/storage is considered an asset
  • Demonstrated understanding of experimental design and scientific process
  • Knowledge of bibliographic research methods and familiarity with PubMed and other relevant databases essential
  • Demonstrated expertise with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and ethics review protocols
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and organize work, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality publications and presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in performance of day- to-day duties while remaining adaptable and flexible in a fast moving and changing environment
  • Experience with statistical software (STATA or SPSS preferred), databases and modelling software is an asset
  • Experience managing complex projects and working collaboratively with clinical professionals, cross-functional teams and stakeholders is an asset
  • Exhibits strong organizational skills for collection, maintenance and organization of data and relevant literature
  • Ability to follow established procedures for research work, but also displays ability to be innovative with respect to suggesting new procedures/evaluation methods
  • Knowledge of Canadian publicly funded health care system and current policy debates over its sustainability would be an asset

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

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