University of Alberta

Research Associate

School of Public Health

Competition No.  -    A109133414
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

As part of new funding from a Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities (CRIO) Team grant from Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, the Population Health Intervention Research Unit (PHIRU) is seeking a Research Associate who will be responsible for the coordination and execution of research activities, and mentoring and support of graduate students. PHIRU is located within the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. PHIRU hosts a number of programs that promote health in schools and conducts research on the importance of physical activity, nutrition, lifestyle, socio-economic factors and policies and programs for childhood overweight and consequent chronic diseases.

The CRIO Team grant has objectives to: 1) study the effectiveness of policies and programs for the prevention of childhood overweight and consequent chronic diseases later in life 2) examine the broader benefits of school programs and policies 3) optimize the implementation and delivery of school health programs and policies 4) advise on and direct new health policies and intervention programs 5) balance the costs of these policies and programs with avoided healthcare costs and 6) to engage end-users in the research process through knowledge translation and exchange, to enhance impact of findings on the current healthcare system.


  • Conduct independent research including quantitative data analyses and interpretation with minimal supervision
  • Independently develop an analytic approach
  • Carry out statistical analyses using Markov models, healthcare administration and costing data, weighting procedures, and multilevel regression methods.
  • Supervise junior analysts, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows
  • Support ethics applications as required
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Consult with faculty supervisors, project collaborators, and students
  • Prepare peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts for publication
  • Develop presentations and research reports based on research results, and present research findings at local, national, and international conferences


  • A PhD in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Economics, Nutrition or a related discipline
  • Strong quantitative research skills with the ability to independently develop an analytic approach
  • Ability to comprehend and work with Markov models, healthcare administration and costing data, weighting procedures, and multilevel regression methods.
  • Ability to conduct independent research including quantitative data analyses and interpretation
  • Self-directed with the ability to work with minimal supervision while achieving specific goals within specific timelines
  • Good team player with strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of nutrition and chronic diseases
  • Competency using major statistical software packages and willingness to learn new applications (experience with STATA, SAS and Triage is an assets)
  • Excellent strong scientific writing skill with an established publication record
  • Working knowledge of typical office-related software such as Microsoft Office Suite, Mac OS X, etc.

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff agreement, this position has an approximate appointment of 1 year, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at and an annual salary range of $58,210 to $80,050.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.