Assistant Scientific Director - Neuro, Rehab & Vision SCN

Alberta Health Services
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Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) are the mechanism through which Alberta Health Services plans to achieve on-going provincial improvement in health, patient outcomes and experience, health improvement and sustainability of our health system. With a combined focus on prevention and on improving the quality of care delivery, SCNs will progressively contribute to creating a high performing health system in Alberta. The Assistant Scientific Director (ASD) role for the Neurosciences, Rehabilitation & Vision SCN (NRV SCN) is a provincial position where the ASD is responsible, in partnership with their Scientific Director (SD) for collaborating with and supporting NRV SCN to develop and support a research network. The goal of the research network is to develop, implement and evaluate research and integrated knowledge translation (iKT) strategies to embed evidence into clinical practice and using practice-based evidence to drive research in areas where knowledge gaps exist. The position provides essential recommendations to enhance the scientific rigor of SCN research by critically integrating theory, scientific evidence, and informing practice based on best evidence. The ASD is a full-time researcher within the SCN who is focused on ensuring that the SCN research projects are evidence-based, coordinated, implemented and evaluated using established metrics. This position contributes to the SCN Research Strategic Plan that has a broad impact on the AHS organization provincial health programs and policy, and the health of Albertans.


Co-lead the creation of a provincial research community for the SCN in collaboration with the SD and the SCN Leadership Team. Develop and maintain relationships and partnerships with provincial, national, and international partners to advance the SCN’s research priorities, including those of other SCNs, relevant colleagues across AHS, government departments, academic partners, private sector partners, non-governmental organizations, and funding agencies. Provide expert scientific guidance to SCN stakeholders on aspects related to scientific principles, frameworks, methods, analytics, and metrics that inform evidence- and practice-based decision making that support the SCN’s research priorities. Lead, in collaboration with the Scientific Director, the development and maintenance of a Research Strategic Plan for the SCN.

  • Classification: Senior Researcher
  • Union: Exempt
  • Department: Neuroscience Rehab and Vision
  • Primary Location: Southport Tower
  • Negotiable Location: Provincial
  • Employee Class: Regular Full Time
  • FTE: 1.00
  • Posting End Date: 30-AUG-2019
  • Date Available: 09-SEP-2019
  • Hours per Shift: 7.75
  • Length of Shift in weeks: 2
  • Shifts per cycle: 10
  • Shift Pattern: Days
  • Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
  • Minimum Salary: $34.52
  • Maximum Salary: $59.20
  • Vehicle Requirement: N/A
Required Qualifications:

A Master’s Degree (PhD preferred) in a clinical or health related field. Equivalent education and/or experience may be considered. Demonstrated skill for developing research documents, including literature/scoping reviews and manuscripts. Demonstrated successful experience generating research funds, including grant writing, funding proposals and situational/ needs analyses. Experience developing frameworks, reports, and plans (business, work, strategic, action, and implementation plans). Experience facilitating, engaging, and mobilizing multisectoral stakeholders and establishing collaborative relationships. Capable of generating SCN research (as a collaborator, co-investigator, supervisor, mentor). Comprehensive understanding of broader research community and able to integrate this knowledge into the AHS priority programs.

Additional Required Qualifications:

Graduate level course work in research methodology would be an advantage. Demonstrated ability to operationalize (e.g. secure appropriate ethics approval) and evaluate ongoing research.

Preferred Qualifications:

At least 5 years progressive experience in health research and innovation related environments with research funding agencies and/or with research granting processes. Experience working independently in an organization of significant size, complexity and diversity. Demonstrated skill in data analysis and synthesis. Experience presenting to a variety of stakeholder audiences (e.g., healthcare providers; health administrators; government; patients and public).

Please note:

All postings close at 23:59 of the posting end date indicated.


Alberta Health Services (AHS) is committed to ensuring the safety of staff and patients and requires all NEW employees to provide a satisfactory criminal record check (CRC) and/or Vulnerable Sector Search(VSS) prior to the start of their employment. The CRC/VSS must be specific to the role at AHS and must be dated no more than 90 days prior to the date on your written offer from AHS.

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