Science Associate II - Institute for Better Health
Trillium Health Partners
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
3d ago

Job Description

Position : Science Associate II

Status : Temporary Full Time (1) - 12 months, with option for extension / renewal

Department : Institute for Better Health

Site : Mississauga Hospital

Posted : January 14, 2020

Internal Deadline : January 21, 2020

Trillium Health Partners (THP) is one of the largest community-based acute care facilities in Canada. Comprised of the Credit Valley Hospital, the Mississauga Hospital and the Queensway Health Centre, Trillium Health Partners serves the growing and diverse populations of Mississauga, West Toronto and surrounding communities and is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

Our Mission : A New Kind of Health Care for a Healthier Community

When we set out to build our vision and future, we connected with our community - patients, families, visitors, physicians, staff and volunteers.

The foundational goals of our new strategic plan - quality, access and sustainability - anchor everything we do. Our mission for a new kind of health care is built on an inter-connected system of care organized around patients - inside and outside the hospital.

At THP, we are relentless in providing high quality, compassionate care to our communities and take great pride in fostering an inclusive and accessible environment and we are all accountable for contributing to a healthy, safe and respectful environment for healing and promoting excellence in patient care though advancing patient and staff safety.

If you are passionate about what you do, motivated to improve the health of the community, committed to excellence, quality and patient safety we would like you to join our Better Together team!

The Institute for Better Health has a new position for a Science Associate II to work in collaboration with clinical leads and other scientists at THP to design, develop, support and conduct particular research initiatives.

Science Associate positions are early career roles on the scientist track at IBH in preparation for independent investigator roles, reporting to the Chief Scientist and to the relevant PIs for specific initiatives on a day to day basis.

Institute for Better Health

Trillium Health Partners established the Institute for Better Health to help create a new kind of health care for a healthier community.

The Institute for Better Health leads research and innovation projects that align with the hospital’s goals and supports the advancement of research and innovation across the hospital all with the intention of improving health and transforming care.

Being embedded in one of the largest hospitals in Ontario offers exciting opportunities to test solutions that can be adapted to impact health in our community, province, country and beyond.

For more information regarding the IBH, please visit :

Science Associate General Responsibilities :

  • Design, develop and execute research initiatives relevant to the mission and mandate of IBH, and as aligned with our strategic priorities
  • Provide scientific expertise on projects and programs of research and assume significant responsibilities for the conduct of the studies as appropriate
  • Seek out relevant funding opportunities in collaboration with IBH and THP Scientists, IBH colleagues / leadership, and potential partners
  • Contribute as a member of the IBH faculty to the scientific life of IBH
  • Contribute to grant writing and development
  • Contribute to the development of strategic partnerships with academic institutions, community organizations, healthcare professional groups, and health system network
  • Timely dissemination of research findings to a wide scientific and general audience including preparation and submission of scientific manuscripts for publication as lead or co-author as appropriate, development of lay language summaries appropriate for public dissemination and for policy / management audiences, and presentation at local, national and international scientific conferences and organizational / community meetings.
  • Mentorship of other scientists, students and IBH staff
  • Supervise students and Research Associates who support research activities in collaboration with scientists and / or formal supervisors
  • Science Associate Specific Roles (Ophthalmology and Surgery projects) :

    This position will work on two new projects as described below.

    Ophthalmology electronic Cataract Appropriateness and Priority System (eCAPS) + other projects

    Working with the Ophthalmology team, including Dr. Ike Ahmed and Dr. Matt Schlenker, we are seeking a Science Associate who will develop and support the Ophthalmology research program.

    Relevant research domains include health services outcomes and evaluation, health informatics, health technology assessment, health policy, and implementation science / knowledge translation.

    This is an opportunity to work at the frontline with patients, clinicians and administration to develop an electronic appropriateness and prioritization system for patients with cataracts.

    Other domain areas include Ophthalmology service delivery, post glaucoma surgery functional outcomes, patient perceptions of glaucoma therapy, among other projects.

    The projects in this portfolio will have direct impact on the delivery of care.

    Robotics Evaluation Project Evaluation

    Working with gynaecologic and urologic oncology teams, we are seeking a Science Associate to help develop, implement and conduct an evaluation of a robotics initiative in surgery to assess patient / family as well as healthcare professional experiences and outcomes associated with the implementation of processes and changes in service delivery.

    Qualifications :

  • PhD (or equivalent) or Master’s degree in relevant field
  • 2 years research experience with doctoral degree; 5 years research experience with Master’s degree
  • Training and experience in quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis; training and / or experience with mixed methods design an asset
  • Experience with clinical collaboration in research and quality improvement initiatives working with staff and healthcare professionals, as well as clinical leaders;
  • experience of clinical and patient / family engagement in research

  • Familiarity with principles of co-design and integrated knowledge translation approaches an asset
  • Training / experience in plain language writing an asset
  • Demonstrated experience with project management, grant writing, scientific writing for publication
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills (eg. MS PowerPoint)
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills with the ability to exercise mature judgment
  • Good understanding of hospital operations and the healthcare system; good understanding of the larger community and socio-economic and political research eco-system’
  • Works well as part of a team, but also independently; takes initiative as appropriate
  • Excellent organizational skills, good track record for planning and executing projects on time
  • Application Instructions :

    Applicants must include a cover letter with their resume. When submitting your application, combine your resume and cover letter into one file as the system only allows you to upload one document.

    Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those invited to interview will be notified.

    Internal Candidates who believe they possess the necessary qualifications and experience for this position and who have been in their current position for at least six (6) months are encouraged to apply.

    Trillium Health Partners is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a healthy, safe and respectful environment for healing, based on our values compassion, excellence and courage.

    To be Better Together, we commit to fostering a respectful workplace culture that promotes a safe and supportive environment for everyone who provides care, supports caregiving, receives care or visits the hospital.

    In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code Trillium Health Partners will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities.

    If selected to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.

    All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

    Trillium Health Partners is identified under the French Language Services Act.

    We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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