Job Posting: Knowledge Translation Scientist

Knowledge Translation Scientist
BC Centre for Disease Control
Vancouver, BC
Temporary Full-time until March 2014
Competition #18273

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In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. Reporting to the Manager, National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH) the Knowledge Translation Scientist is accountable for retrieving, assessing, and synthesizing complex research findings from scientific literature and other lines of evidence for assigned knowledge translation projects to provide an evidence base for environmental health policies or practices.  Research findings form the basis for policy and practice recommendations and therefore have the potential to impact multiple agencies nationally, as NCCEH initiatives are expected to impact on policies and practices of other federal, provincial, territorial, regional, and local departments across the country.

Key Accountabilities

  • Works as a researcher on assigned knowledge synthesis translation and exchange projects where research findings are assessed and synthesized to provide an evidence base for environmental health policies or practices.  Retrieves, assesses, and synthesizes complex research findings from scientific literature and other lines of evidence.  Documents findings and writes detailed reports, summaries, and presentation materials using database, spreadsheet, word processing and presentation software.
  • Researches and responds to complex issues and questions, from both inside and outside the organization, that arise in the course of knowledge transfer projects undertaken by the NCCEH.  Analyzes feedback from policymakers, practitioners, and researchers on issues related to environmental health policy or practice for incorporation into future NCCEH work plans.
  • Builds working relationships with members of multiple diverse groups (e.g. Public Health Agency of Canada; Health Canada; provincial ministries of health, agriculture and environment; policymakers; and experts in the field).
  • Maintains an advanced knowledge of environmental health practice, policy and legislation through on-going self-study.
  • Participates in team meetings, quality and safety initiatives, accreditation, imPROVE and other PHSA initiatives as appropriate.

Qualifications

Your graduate degree in health or environmental sciences is complemented by five years of related research experience that include practical experience in applications of scientific research for the development of practice and policy. Demonstrated skills in retrieval, assessment, and synthesis of complex research findings from scientific literature and other lines of evidence is a must while strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral teams will ensure your success. You possess an ability to research and respond to complex questions/issues, and ideally have fluency in both official languages

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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