Knowledge Translation (KT) Project Coordinator - ARCHE

Department of Pediatrics

Competition No.  -    S100844387
Posting Date  -    Jan 11, 2021
Closing Date  -    Jan 25, 2021
 
Hourly Rate  -    $32.24 - $44.62
Grade  -    10
Hours  -    35

This competition is open to all applicants, however, internal candidates and applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months will be given priority consideration before external candidates.

This position has an end date of 1 year, less one day from the date of hire with the possibility of extension based on availability of funding.

The Department of Pediatrics within the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s leading academic pediatric institutions in medical education and pediatric research. We also work in conjunction with the Stollery Children’s Hospital to provide leading edge clinical care. We are dedicated to the advancement of child health through the delivery of exemplary education, research, and patient care. Further information on the Department of Pediatrics can be found at www.pediatrics.ualberta.ca.

The Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) operates with the mandate to support and foster the development of evidence­informed practice through high quality knowledge syntheses and knowledge translation activities aimed at high priority issues in health. Under the direction of the Director of ARCHE and the Program Manager of Cochrane Child Health, the Project Coordinator is responsible for leading complex research activities specific to knowledge translation and evidence synthesis projects including priority settings exercises, development of knowledge translation tools, systematic reviews, overviews, and scoping reviews relevant to child health. The position is responsible for the overall management and coordination of projects including topic refinement, development of key questions, protocol development, project execution, data analysis, report writing, and manuscript preparation. 

The Project Coordinator is responsible for managing the project from initiation to completion and acts as a liaison between the Program Coordinators and Research associates to facilitate communication among team members, manage/coordinate day­to­day operations of projects, and manage overall milestones and targets to ensure timely completion of research projects. The successful candidate requires a strong understanding of recognized standards, recommendations and processes for conducting both quantitative (e.g. evidence synthesis, survey development, clinical trials) and qualitative (e.g. focus groups, semi-structured interviews, Delphi exercises) research. We are looking for someone with strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team.

Duties

  • Works with Cochrane Child Health Program Manager, ARCHE Program Managers, Principal Investigators, Co­Investigators, Clinical Experts and stakeholders to develop and refine research questions to be addressed by projects relating to priority setting, knowledge translation and evidence synthesis in child health.
  • Prepares research protocols in compliance with funding agency requirements and ensures all procedures and processes are compliant with any Institutional Human Ethics or Health Committees
  • Oversees the design, development, and maintenance of project databases to ensure data quality control
  • Designs and develops project materials related to both evidence synthesis and knowledge translation research projects (e.g. Study Information Sheets and Consent forms, ethics documents, knowledge translation tools, data extraction forms, survey forms, interview guides, study selection, data extraction, risk of bias assessment, and other related research tools)
  • Coordinates and manages day­to­day activities for all phases of projects (Ethics approval, data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation)
  • Develops standard operating procedures to ensure accuracy, completeness, and consistency of data
  • Assists with the development of knowledge translation tools and resources for child-health related topics
  • Prepares written summaries of data analysis including research publications based on research results to be submitted for peer review, draft and final reports, manuscripts, figures and tables, conference presentations and posters, educational materials, and other forms of knowledge transfer and exchange
  • Engage with stakeholders to define research process and fosters the necessary stakeholder involvement to ensure timely activities, cooperation, and progress of the project
  • Coordinate and participate in reviews for work assigned to article retrieval personnel and research assistants
  • Reviews and redistributes workloads as necessary and tracks milestones throughout the life cycle of research projects
  • Opportunity to participates in and leads journal clubs and working groups to discuss relevant methodological issues and aspects of research project management
  • Assists with preparation of research grant applications and contract proposals as required

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in health sciences or a related field; Masters preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience working in a research environment; experience in epidemiology, clinical or public health, health promotion or a related health field
  • 3-5 years of experience with research methodologies relating to KT, qualitative and quantitative evidence synthesis, or health promotion and management
  • Proven record of engaging with stakeholders and presenting results funders and other end users.
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), reference management software (EndNote, RefWorks, Reference Manager, Review Manager, Distiller), Qualitative Data software (NVIVO) and database management software (RedCap, Access).
  • Strong attention to detail, problem solving, analytical, and decision making skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication, prioritization, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work efficiently in a professional and ethical manner in accordance with University of Alberta policies and procedures

Compose a letter explaining how you are going to contribute to the Alberta Research Centre of Health Evidence’s mandate to support and foster the development of evidence informed practice through high quality knowledge syntheses and knowledge translation in child health, and why you are the right fit for this position. Submit this letter and your curriculum vitae. Applications received without a cover letter addressing these elements in detail will not be considered.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.