Job Posting: Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist (Ontario Brain Institute)

Patient engagement and integrated knowledge translation are key drivers of real-world impact and represent a key pillar of OBI’s approach to improving brain health. The Knowledge Translation (KT) Specialist will lead OBI’s efforts in patient engagement and knowledge translation, working in partnership with research networks funded by OBI (Integrated Discovery Programs) and the patient community to develop and implement projects that address brain health challenges. This role provides expert advice and support for meaningful patient engagement in research, planning and implementing KT initiatives, and building partnerships with the patient community. The KT Specialist will facilitate knowledge translation activities that help research and evidence reach the community faster to drive the uptake and adoption of new knowledge, tools, and treatments. Examples include sharing actionable knowledge with the patient community and public, improving evidence-based practices in health and community care, and using evidence to inform policy and create solutions to the challenges facing the community.

Major responsibilities:

  • Lead a community of practice in patient engagement and knowledge translation for brain health involving representatives from Integrated Discovery Programs and patient partners.
  • Lead and provide expert guidance on patient engagement and knowledge translation activities carried out by OBI, or in partnership with Integrated Discovery Programs.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with OBI stakeholders including Integrated Discovery Programs, Patient Advisory Committees, community organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Lead OBI’s outreach efforts to the patient community by identifying opportunities to integrate the patient partnership into research, neurotech, and community projects.
  • Bring a perspective on equity, diversity, and inclusion to patient engagement and knowledge translation efforts and work with subject matter experts to ensure a multi-faceted approach to best reach intended audiences.
  • Ability to adapt knowledge translation activities for different audiences using creative approaches and different channels to ensure that the information reaches and resonates with the target audience.
  • Contribute to the planning, design, development, and implementation of strategy and programs/services to make research evidence available and accessible for practice, planning and policy making.
  • Research best practices and emerging issues in patient engagement, knowledge translation, and implementation. Identify strategies and learn from other areas of research or regions that have successfully improved treatments, access to care, and quality of life for individuals living with brain disorders or other chronic diseases.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience in a health research environment.
  • Advanced degree in life science (MSc, PhD), or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Knowledge Translation training or certification is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with various stakeholder groups on knowledge translation initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience with patient/public engagement and policy development.
  • Proven project management skills with ability to effectively manage multiple projects and prioritize time.
  • Strong oral and written communication and experience working with various stakeholder audiences.
  • Facilitation and presentation skills with ability to facilitate meetings and conversations to ensure full participation of all parties.

How to apply: 

We are a diverse, highly energized, passionate, professional and committed team. We offer an exciting workplace with many opportunities for learning. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume, no later than July 23, 2023.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Ontario Brain Institute is committed to providing accommodations for applicants at any stage of the recruitment and hiring process in accordance with Ontario Brain Institute policy, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Should you require accommodation, please notify us and we will work with you to provide appropriate accommodations.

The Ontario Brain Institute is an independent, not-for-profit corporation funded in part by the Government of Ontario.