Deadline: September 30, 2016

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Title: Research Associate

Location: University of Ottawa: Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics

Start date: Interviews will begin in October and continue until the position is filled.

Duration: One-year contract (with possibility of renewal)

Additional information can be found on the University of Ottawa webpage.

Position Purpose

This position will be funded through a 2016 CIHR-PHSI grant, titled “Long Term Worries: Testing New Policy Options for Financing Long Term Care.”  Led by Principal Investigator Dr. Colleen M. Flood, the project brings together an interdisciplinary team of leading thinkers on long-term care (LTC), together with policy makers from select provinces and the federal government, to explore alternative finance modalities for long-term care in Canada.  

In Year 1 of the project, the Research Associate will be responsible for overseeing a systematic review of available evidence on how LTC finance models work in OECD countries.  The review will look at how these differences in financing and regulation impact variables such as meeting the needs of clients and families, the quality and safety of care delivered, wait times, intergenerational equity, the differential impact on women, labour supply and labour productivity and cost to taxpayers, to employers/employees, and to individuals.  He/she will also work with our international collaborators to prepare an in-depth case study of how LTC is financed and administered in the Netherlands and Germany.  He/she will also be encouraged to participate in the Centre’s other activities.

We would prefer the associate to base him or herself in Ottawa but will consider outstanding candidates prepared to commute so as to spend time in Ottawa as needed for the project.

About the Centre for Health Law

Breakthroughs in the health sciences offer tremendous hope to patients and the public. But with progress, new sets of legal, regulatory and ethical challenges emerge.  The interdisciplinary Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics is a hub for the generation of new ideas and evidence and the development and dissemination of interdisciplinary research designed to tackle these pressing health, health care and health system issues. 


  • Applicants must have graduate level training (master’s or doctoral degree) in a relevant discipline (including but not limited to Law, Health Services Research, Economics). 
  • Prior training and experience in health systems and policy is an asset. 
  • Two to five years’ experience in research positions or one to two years of research experience with a graduate degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience with qualitative research methodologies used in research projects or program. Experience with knowledge translation and exchange.
  • Ability to work independently, adapt rapidly to change and to demonstrate flexibility and initiative.
  • Strong organizational, analytical and tech/scientific oral/writing skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills as well as the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to coordinate workflow.
  • Sound judgement in applying scientific principles & predicting/preventing problems.
  • Ability to adapt protocols as needed (within guidelines),
  • Strong computer skills and experience using qualitative and quantitative analysis software and with  MS Office (Excel, Power Point, Word, Access).
  • While the research will be carried out primarily in English, bilingualism is also a valued asset (especially French, German and Dutch).

Application Procedure

To apply, please include:

  • A cover letter
  • A complete curriculum vitae

Interested candidates are invited to submit an application including the above through the University of Ottawa page by Friday September 30, 2016.

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