Senior Research Associate, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
The Conference Board of Canada
1d ago

The Conference Board’s Science, Technology and Innovation Policy group is seeking a Senior Research Associate to join its team.

The successful candidate will be a skilled researcher and communicator who has a deep understanding of business, academia, government, and public policy issues related to innovation, research and development, technology, and other areas of emerging innovation.

Reporting to the Director, the Senior Research Associate will bring exceptional writing and quantitative analysis skills, intellectual curiosity and passion and commitment to a culture that values high quality, creativity and thought leadership.

The successful candidate will be part of a professional research and convening team and will undertake integrated, non-partisan, applied research for public policy and private sector decision-

makers. This position plays a critical role in helping to build and expand the profile of the research portfolio and translating that work and thought leadership to regular meeting agendas.

This is a permanent full-time position located in our Ottawa office.


The successful candidate will have the ability to think strategically and respond quickly to multiple priorities and deadlines.

As a Senior Researcher, you will be expected to conceptualize strategic research issues, manage and conduct major research projects utilizing your experience with qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, and produce high quality written work.

Advanced empirical analysis and written communication skills and strong project management capacity in addition to a strong customer service orientation and an inquisitive mind are essential.

The business development responsibility includes contributing to securing funding for research projects, and engaging executives and senior leaders to identify possible projects or opportunities for them to join one of our Executive Networking Councils or Research Centres.

Principal Duties

  • Produce high quality, well written research reports, executive summaries, articles, and proposals.
  • Undertake research projects of varying complexity on issues, policy options and implications related to innovation policies, business innovation, commercialization, and other related issues of emerging technologies.
  • Conduct research applying advanced quantitative research technics and / or appropriate qualitative methodologies.
  • Analyze and quickly translate complex research results into key messages for senior executives and decision makers; write high quality reports and media-friendly articles.
  • Manage projects to ensure deliverables are on-time, within budget and meet client expectations.
  • Work with our Executive Council and Research Centre staff to develop strategic plans, operationalize strategic priorities, identify and help secure speakers for meeting agendas, and facilitate Roundtables and Meetings as needed.
  • Speak with authority, providing insights to customers through presentations at conferences and business meetings.
  • Deliver excellence in product and customer service.
  • Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders and customers at all levels.
  • Conceptualize new research opportunities and projects.
  • Committed to producing high quality work and demonstrating professional values in all aspects of work and interactions with colleagues and customers.
  • Become familiar with Conference Board research in immediate and related knowledge areas.
  • Skills & Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in business, economics, or a related discipline.
  • Substantial experience and in-depth knowledge of economic or public policy research on a broad range of innovation and technology themes.
  • Six or more years of experience in a professional research environment with responsibility for handling complex projects from inception to completion.
  • Demonstrated understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies including : literature reviews, interviews, case studies, surveys, and quantitative data analysis.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Ability to write clearly, concisely and quickly; published work would be an asset.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Ability to communicate research findings to all levels of internal and external stakeholders and audiences.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers in an MS Office environment and experience with statistical software for time series analysis.
  • Ability to travel in Canada and internationally.
  • Bilingualism would be an asset.
  • We thank all applicants who apply; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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