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Research Associate - Health Policy, School of Public Policy

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Job ID: 11726

Updated: February 2, 2017

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 also involved (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 independently and apply analytical skills in economic evaluation, statistical analysis (summary statistics and regression analysis) and social return on investment for the collection, formatting and analysis of data, includes comparing and/or validating results or methodologies with established literature
  • Project management skills are applied to organize time effectively so that research results are produced by set deadlines that support overall project timelines. This Research Associate will be leading data analysis and program evaluation projects 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
  • Follow set guidelines for completion of data analysis but may recommend changes to research methods


  • Undertake analysis using economic evaluation of child health interventions and treatments that impact health. 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
  • Data collection: includes collection of data relevant to program or research evaluaiton, for example data on demographics, health outcomes and health system performance associated with health
  • 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. The Research Associate will provide expertise in understanding how methods can be adapted to childhood disability
  • Result assessment: undertake 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 childhood disability.
  • Development and communication of policy implications and recommendations: 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 meetings to guide analysis
  • Regularly update project team on data collection and analysis, as well as prepare and present reports of results using excellent technical writing skills

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Completion of at least a Master's degree in economics, biostatistics, life science or related discipline. Graduate training in health economics or experience in economic evaluation or biostatistics is preferred.  Graduate education in Public Policy and/ or  research experience in childhood disability is preferred
  • Understanding of experimental design and scientific process and economic evaluation methodology. Experience with social return on investment is an asset.
  • Knowledge of bibliographic research methods and familiarity with PubMed and other relevant databases essential.
  • Experience with statistical software (STATA or SPSS preferred) and databases as well as Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • 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
  • 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 Canada's publicly funded health care system and current policy debates over its sustainability would be an asset but is not a requirement

Application Deadline:  December 19, 2016

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 III.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. 


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 become 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. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.



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