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Epidemiologist - DAS (One year contract)

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Functional Area: Strategic Partnerships and External Services

The ICES Data and Analytic Services department is seeking a motivated epidemiologist to provide epidemiological expertise and general project oversight in the context of our health services research.

The epidemiologist reports to the director, data and analytic services. The epidemiologist will work collaboratively with the project team and under the direction of the principal investigator (PI) or staff scientist and will provide epidemiological input as well as general project management for their assigned projects.

The epidemiologist will be dedicated to a specific suite of project work within the Indigenous Health portfolio, supporting a public health program in the Weeneebayko region. The region is currently working on the development of a region-specific public health model (Minomathasowin – “Healthy Living”) that is more culturally responsive to the needs of the people in the James and Hudson Bay area (Moosonee, Moose Factory, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat, Peawanuck). The purpose of this position is to conduct epidemiologic investigations used in preventing and controlling specific communicable and chronic diseases, injuries, other health conditions and in planning health programs. Results of work efforts aid in the monitoring of health status and its correlates, identifying trends or outbreaks of diseases or other adverse health events, and providing data and information about corrective actions or programs to promote and protect public health in the area.

Responsibilities of the position include, but may not be limited to:

Research and organization related duties may include:

  1. Develop, plan and implement study/project protocols under the direction of the PI or staff scientist. These activities may include:
    • Assist in grant/project submissions including budget preparation
    • Complete literature searches and/or literature reviews
    • Assist with study design and sampling strategies
    • Assist with the production of accurate and timely data/reports including the development of data creation and analytic plans; data interpretation and presentation; and the development of procedures for data validation as appropriate.
  2. Engagement management activities:
    • Engage actively with and/or provide consultation services to James and Hudson Bay communities and organizations on research feasibility, design, methodology, availability of ICES/community data and interpretation of findings
    • Interface with internal and external parties and partners in support of the project such as expert panels, committees and team meetings
    • Facilitate the uptake of knowledge by local decision-makers within the James and Hudson Bay region by presenting findings, conducting education sessions, and one-on-one interactions as required
    • Travel and present information to organizational leadership, community leadership, colleagues, other parties, and the general public
    • Carry out research and visit James and Hudson Bay communities
    • Attend conferences and meetings as directed.
  3. Analyze data using statistical software according to ICES SAS Programming Standards independently and/or in collaboration with team member(s) or faculty:
    • Develop SAS programs to extract and merge data from existing ICES databases according to data set creation plans to create study cohorts following analytic standards and guidelines
    • Carry out statistical analysis on developed study cohorts according to specifications of project analysis plans
    • Prepare and review (with the director, staff scientist, or PI as required) analytic output (e.g., tables and reports).
  4. General project management which may include:
    • Monitor project timelines, risks and deliverables in collaboration with other team members
    • Manage project budgets and allocate funds in collaboration with the PI
    • Liaise with the Finance, Privacy and Compliance, and Procurement departments.
  5. Work effectively and efficiently according to ICES policies, procedures, standards, workflow processes, documents and requirements (e.g., complete program and project documentation according to ICES/James and Hudson Bay community standards and guidelines)
  6. Write reports (technical reports/working papers/WAHA publications/web-based summaries), abstracts, poster presentations, peer-reviewed publications and other relevant deliverables, in collaboration with the PI or staff scientist
  7. Work with Communications to finalize written and graphic formats and to create report dissemination plans
  8. Interface with internal and external parties in support of the project such as community leadership, frontline providers, expert panels, committees and team meetings
  9. Facilitate the uptake of knowledge by local decision-makers through the presentation of findings, education sessions, and one-on-one interactions as required
  10. May contribute to or support the development of a body of knowledge for James and Hudson Bay communities
  11. May contribute to other committees or activities within ICES, WAHA, or other partners
  12. Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of the position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Master’s degree in epidemiology, public health or a related field
  • Knowledge generally gained through two years related experience
  • Knowledge of Indigenous models of health service delivery and a willingness to learn about Indigenous data governance
  • Knowledge of Indigenous research approaches and ethical requirements such as OCAP
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities and/or Northern isolated communities
  • Experience in managing clinical, epidemiological and/or health services research projects and/or experience in health planning, surveillance and decision support
  • Working knowledge of common research and data presentation methodologies, bio-statistical analytic methods applied to health services research and data collection and/or management methodologies
  • Working knowledge of the concepts of health services research as it applies to indigenous communities
  • Understanding of bio-statistical analytic techniques
  • SAS programming skills
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, Internet Explorer), as well as the ability to work with computerized databases
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and ability to exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Ability to demonstrate time management skills to manage and prioritize work load responsibilities and timelines
  • Ability to work accurately and effectively under pressure, and to meet deadlines.

This position is a one year contract with possibility of renewal located at ICES Central in Toronto and/or ICES North in Sudbury.

ICES offers a competitive compensation package with full benefits, and participation in a defined benefit pension plan with HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan).

Interested candidates should submit their resume, and cover letter detailing how their knowledge, skills and abilities match the scope of this position to the attention of:
Human Resources Department
Please quote job# STPES-18-09

This position will be posted until filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working at ICES. Due to the volume of applications received, only applicants being considered for the position will be contacted for further discussions.

ICES is committed to providing accessible employment practices, in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, and applicants are asked to make their needs known.