Scientist (Epidemiology)

The Institute for Work & Health is an independent, not-for-profit research organization. Our mission is to promote, protect and improve the safety and health of working people by conducting actionable research that is valued by employers, workers and policy-makers. Since 1990, we have been providing research results and producing evidence-based products to inform the prevention and management of work-related injury and illness, as well as training and mentoring the next generation of work and health researchers. The Institute is currently seeking a qualified person to fill the position of scientist (epidemiology).

About the position

As a member of the Institute’s scientific staff, the successful candidate will participate in the design, analysis and publication of research studies on the causes and consequences of work-related injury and illness. The incumbent will contribute as a principal investigator or co-investigator to the development and leadership of research projects. S/he will be comfortable working in a multidisciplinary research environment that includes clinicians, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, psychologists, sociologists and economists. S/he should be eligible for a status appointment with an appropriate faculty of a university affiliated with the Institute for Work & Health. The appointment will be at the scientist rank, and the position will report to the Institute’s associate scientific directors.

Education and experience

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • doctoral-level training in epidemiology or a related population health discipline and at least five years of professional experience in research-intensive settings,
  • a record of scientific publication in the field of work and health,
  • experience in the design, implementation and analysis of applied research studies,
  • a history of securing research grant funding, and
  • a successful record of mentoring junior research staff.     

Relevant skills and attributes

A qualified candidate will possess many of the following skills and attributes:

  • expertise in observational and quasi-experimental research designs,
  • strong foundations in the conception and measurement of human health, function and disability and/or labour market exposures,
  • strong skills in quantitative statistical data analysis and interpretation,
  • curiosity, enthusiasm and rigour,
  • very strong project management expertise, with demonstrated experience in the design and execution of project work plans,
  • well developed interpersonal skills in supporting the work of multidisciplinary research teams,
  • strong skills in scientific communications, both oral and written, and
  • confident skills in communicating with non-research audiences.

Duties and responsibilities

The following are the expected duties and responsibilities as a member of the scientific staff of the Institute:

  • develop a research agenda in work and health as a principal investigator and participate as a co-investigator in other research projects,
  • lead a team of researchers in advancing the work and health agenda in Ontario,
  • lead the development of proposals for submission to research granting councils and applied research funding sources,
  • lead the authorship of publications in the peer-reviewed literature,
  • interact with relevant stakeholders and the staff of the Institute’s Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Department in collaborative research, knowledge transfer and exchange and evaluation activities,
  • comply with the Institute’s policies on scientific and ethical review, as well as the Institute's administrative policies, and
  • contribute to the general work environment and intellectual life of the Institute.

Salary range

Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Suitability for the position will be assessed at six months.

Application details

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, July 31, 2019, or until the position is filled.  

If you are interested in this position, please submit an application containing a cover letter describing the alignment of your expertise to the mandate of the Institute for Work & Health, along with your academic resume, by mail or email to:

M. Cicinelli
Director, Human Resources & Corporate Services
481 University Avenue, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E9
Email: mcicinelli@iwh.on.ca

The Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. We thank all applicants, but only those considered for the position will be contacted. 

About the Institute

The Institute, guided by a Board of Directors and an international Scientific Advisory Committee, conducts research in two areas: the primary prevention of work-related injury and illness, and the prevention and management of work disability. The Institute has an active knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) program, which implements interactive strategies to transfer research findings to key decision-makers. The Institute is committed to excellent working conditions and a cooperative, team environment for its employees.The Institute for Work & Health operates with the support of the Government of Ontario. For more information about our organization, visit our website at: www.iwh.on.ca

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