We are pleased to announce a postdoctoral scholar opportunity in the field of Knowledge Translation (KT), an interactive process of knowledge exchange between health researchers and knowledge users. Given that the health system is broad in scope it is important to systematically investigate how definitions and applications of knowledge translation might differ by setting and focus. Community-based organizations, including public health departments, community health centres, civil sector organizations and local authorities face a distinctive set of challenges and concerns related to engaging in the knowledge translation process, suggesting a unique perspective on knowledge translation in these settings.
The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with two supervisors with programs of research related to community settings. Dr. Anita Kothari has been involved in testing KT interventions in public health practice, Ontario Early Years Centres and homecare. Her work is based on the premise that KT is a social process involving interaction among knowledge users, where knowledge is broadly defined. Based on intervention studies examining the health-care response to violence against women and children, Dr. Nadine Wathen has conducted KT studies in the area of family violence, gender and mental health. Please see http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/bio/profile/kothari_a.html, http://publish.uwo.ca/~nwathen/, and http://www.prevailresearch.ca/ for additional information.
One position is available. The scholar will be involved in a number of new and on-going related projects, leading to opportunities in the areas of project management, conference presentations, grant writing, manuscript development, etc., depending on his or her training objectives. Time will also be allocated for the scholar to develop her or his own program of research (to be negotiated).
Available funding for one year: $40,000, starting in July 2012, September 2012 or January 2013.
The accepted scholar(s) will be expected to complete progress reports every 6 months and meet with supervisors regularly; it is assumed that the scholar(s) will reside within driving distance of London, Ontario. They will also be expected to hold national or provincial funding or be in the process of applying for external funding.
Please send a covering letter, names of three references and a copy of your CV by email to Drs. Anita Kothari and Nadine Wathen. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2012. Candidates will be interviewed shortly thereafter by telephone. More information about postdoctoral studies at Western is available at: http://grad.uwo.ca/postdoctoral/prospective_postdocs.htm.
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