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Research Associate, Health Policy, School of Public Policy

Job ID: 15534

Updated: May 15, 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.

This position reports to the Associate Director of Research and will involve working at the School of Public Policy Office (downtown campus). This position involves quantitative and qualitative analysis of interviews, surveys, data, and validation of research instruments, to better understand disability employment policy.. Critically, this position will require an understanding of social and health policy, employment and economic policy, preferably how this may be applied to disability.

Position Description

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

  • Work within the research team, and independently, 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. Support data compilation and analysis and conduct qualitative interviews and collaborate regularly and closely with team members (i.e., participation in project meetings and brainstorming sessions) or conduct research, obtain and verify results
  • Follow set guidelines for completion of qualitative data analysis but may recommend changes to research methods
  • Undertake analysis using qualitative interviews and data on disability employment programs and supports across provinces. 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
  • Undertake direct involvement in the research components of several different research projects at any point in time
  • Responsible for data collection: includes collection of data relevant to disability policy and supports, for example data on disability employment policy across provinces
  • Responsible for data analysis: undertake analysis involving anything from simple data regression models up to and including advanced econometric analytics, as well as graphic representation of conclusions and results. Provide expertise in understanding how methods can be adapted to better understand disability policy
  • Undertake a careful and insightful evaluation and interpretation of all analytical results. Assess and interpret results in the context of existing literature in disability
  • Provide an evaluation of all policy implications of the results and develop carefully considered recommendations for practical and effective policy responses based on data analysis
  • Engage in stakeholder consultation and partner development meetings to guide analysis
  • Update project team regularly on data collection and analysis, as well as prepare and present reports of results using excellent technical writing skills


Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Graduate degree and related experience in public policy, and statistics. Practical public health or policy related work experience is an asset
  • Qualitative interview, survey design and ethics application experience is an asset
  • Knowledge of disability policy in Canada is an asset
  • Understanding of experimental design and scientific process
  • Knowledge of bibliographic research methods and familiarity with PubMed and other relevant databases essential
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and ethics review protocols
  • Experience managing complex projects and working collaboratively with clinical professionals, cross-functional teams and stakeholders is an asset
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality publications and presentations
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and organize work, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in performance of day-to-day duties while remaining adaptable and flexible in a fast-moving and changing environment
  • 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 Canada's publicly funded health care system and current policy debates over its sustainability would be an asset

Application Deadline: May 30, 2018

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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About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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