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Research Associate - Indigenous Health

Alberta Health Services
ALB00079301 Requisition #
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The Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund (ACPLF) provides innovative cancer prevention and screening strategies to reduce modifiable risk factors in defined populations with high need. Our program ensures proven strategies are transitioned to sustained province-wide initiatives that will lead to the reduction of cancer cases and detection of cancer at earlier stages. All Non-Union Exempt positions are being reviewed for possible inclusion in the AUPE General Support Services bargaining unit. If this Research Associate - Indigenous Health position is impacted, the incumbent will be notified accordingly.


Reporting directly to the Senior Scientist, the Research Associate - Indigenous Health plays an integral role in the achievement of Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund’s strategic plan. Working within a multi-disciplinary team, the Research Associate Indigenous Health collaborates with community stream and project team members, specifically with the Indigenous community scientist and Coordinator, to develop mechanisms to support the implementation of policies and programs and the creation of supportive physical and social environments that reduce the prevalence of modifiable risk factors. This will be done through the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative, evidence-based projects within Alberta communities and at the broader community-level grounded in Indigenous philosophies and understandings of health and wellness. The Research Associate Indigenous Health assists in all aspects related to the development of a project from research perspectives, which include methods, analytics, and the metrics required for informed and evidence-based decision making. Projects or initiatives involving Indigenous people are the primary area of work for this role. The position establishes and maintains positive relationships with key zone and provincial research and administrative staff. His/her ultimate goal is to ensure ACPLF projects achieve the maximum impact in supporting cancer prevention and improving the health of Albertans.

  • Classification: Research Associate
  • Union: Exempt
  • Department: ACB REG RES Dis Inj PrvCntl35
  • Primary Location: Holy Cross Site Phase II
  • Temporary Employee Class: Temp F/T Benefits
  • FTE: 1.00
  • Posting End Date: 31-JAN-2019
  • Date Available: 10-FEB-2019
  • Temporary End Date: 24-JUL-2020
  • Hours per Shift: 7.75
  • Length of Shift in weeks: 2
  • Shifts per cycle: 10
  • Shift Pattern: Days
  • Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
  • Minimum Salary: $28.20
  • Maximum Salary: $48.45
  • Vehicle Requirement: N/A
Required Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in a health-related field and a minimum of three years’ experience in a health promotion or population health-related field, including work and activities focused on Indigenous health. Well-developed understanding of Community-based research and Indigenous health. Experience with qualitative health research and analysis including community-based and participatory methodologies and mixed methods in translating evidence for informed decision making. Expertise in quantitative and qualitative evaluation/research methodology in cancer and/or chronic disease research. Strong computer skills and proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets and relational databases. Self-directed with strong analytical skills, attention to detail, with an ability to handle multiple tasks. Excellent interpersonal and team skills. Strong written and oral skills for the use in the development of oral presentations, summaries, reports, journal articles, systematic literature reviews, and manuscripts, etc. Knowledge of cancer prevention modifiable risk factors, health promotion and disease prevention, including best practice evidence.

Additional Required Qualifications:

Provides scientific methods and advanced analytical support for scientific initiatives. Provides data, information and research evidence to research team to support critical decision making regarding project, program and services designed by research team. Contributes specific technical research functions as a team member on projects or in support of Scientists. Range of applied scientific knowledge/skills to conduct systematic inquiries. Applies best practices in science activities. Adapts methods, techniques, and procedures to solve a range of complex problems. Obtains the literature/background to support modifications in scientific approach; Gathers, compiles, synthesizes, interprets, analyzes, and reports on literature searches. Supports research team to identify data elements needed and implement clear procedures for collecting, documenting and reporting data. Undertakes database development, data collection and entry, data cleaning, management and maintenance, and descriptive analysis. Participates in data interpretation. Leads the drafting/editing written and oral presentations, summaries, reports, journal articles and manuscripts etc. Presents research evidence in meetings and seminars within AHS. Drafts key findings for dissemination in the project team; Preliminary report preparation. Applies recognized scientific rigor to select from the most appropriate methodological options. Uses problem solving approaches to address issues.

Preferred Qualifications:

Proficiency in SAS, STATA, Tableau is considered an asset. Ability to navigate through AHS systems and processes is an asset.

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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