Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Officer
NeuroDevNet is seeking a full-time Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Officer to be located in either Saskatoon at the University of Saskatchewan or Vancouver, with the expectation of travel between the two locations and throughout Canada and elsewhere, as necessary. This position is part of the core Administration team, but also reports to Nazeem Muhajarine, PhD, lead, Knowledge and Technology Exploitation and Exchange Platform for NeuroDevNet. Using a team approach, s/he will work closely with the Communications Officer, NeuroDevNet’s Executive Director and the KTEE Platform Leader, as well as with other NeuroDevNet researchers, staff and trainees.
This staff member will direct knowledge transfer and exchange activities, developing plain language documents (in print and online) to disseminate knowledge and findings from NeuroDevNet, and initiating connections with external stakeholders, in person, in print, and online using the NeuroDevNet website and other social media. S/he will assist with planning and implementing the annual conference, quarterly brainstorming sessions, and other communication items as required. Together with the Communications Officer, the position will be involved in the planning, development and the dissemination of internal and external communications items, including the website. S/he will also build and support collaborations, both between internal members of NeuroDevNet who are widely dispersed, so as to create a learning community, and with external stakeholder partners, building longer-term and mutually beneficially relationships, with both commercial and not-for-profit sectors.
Other activities will include developing and offering KT methods training opportunities for NeuroDevNet scientists and trainees, coordinating workshops with science communicators, and communications internships organized through several media outlets and academic journals. S/he will also coordinate training opportunities through our partnership with Knowledge Translation Canada’s STIHR training program.
The KTE Officer will require masters-level training and specialized expertise in KTE, community building, networking, communications and media relations. The incumbent will have considerable experience working in a university research setting, with large, interdisciplinary teams, and managing complex projects. Experience in neuroscience or basic health sciences will be considered an asset.
1. Email a cover letter, your curriculum vitae, and up to three examples of KT products developed by you to the attention of Anita Sham: email@example.com. We will receive applications until the position is filled
2. Short-listed applicants will be contacted and arranged for an interview. As part of the interview process we may ask you to make a presentation highlighting your KT experiences and products that you have developed.
3. A competitive remuneration package is available for the selected incumbent.
More about NeuroDevNet
NeuroDevNet (www.neurodevnet.ca) is dedicated to discovering the spectrum of disorders that affect brain development and devising treatments and interventions to enable more productive and fulfilling lives. NeuroDevNet is a collaboration of clinical and basic researchers, industry and community partners, and public sector institutions, who are committed to finding treatments for individuals with brain disorders to optimally participate in society. The hub of NeuroDevNet, a Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, is located at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at the Child & Family Research Institute.
More about the Knowledge and Technology Exploitation and Exchange Platform
Knowledge and Technology Exchange and Exploitation (KTEE) sheds light on an important feature of new health research: the interface between knowledge creation/technology application and public and private use of these innovations for the common good of the child. KTEE acknowledges that production of knowledge and technological innovations in and of itself is not sufficient. The manner in which knowledge is produced, transferred and taken up by users and application of knowledge to benefit humans immediately is a fundamentally important responsibility placed on the shoulders of scientists and users alike.
NeuroDevNet’s KTEE will be led by Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, a professor and chair of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, and a research faculty member of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit, where he leads the Healthy Children research program. In 2006 he won the CIHR Regional Knowledge Translation Award recognising his work with other academics, policy makers and practitioners from the community and government, which fostered positive change. In 2009 he was awarded the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation’s 2009 Achievement award acknowledging his leadership in turning research into policies and programs to improve the lives of Saskatchewan’s children, their families, and communities.
Much of his work is done collaboratively with non-academic partners, and he has published case studies on knowledge translation methods in three peer-reviewed CIHR casebooks published in the last several years. His Healthy Children research team includes staff with expertise in knowledge transfer and exchange, collaborative research, and evaluation.