Research Associate, COVID-19 Immunity Task Force – Secretariat

PRIMARY DUTIES 
What We Do: 
The COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (ITF), funded by the Government of Canada, brings together university, hospital and public health expertise to map the scope of coronavirus infection in Canada over a two year period. The COVID-19 Task Force aims to catalyze, support, and, where appropriate and feasible, harmonize the design and rapid implementation of population-based studies that will generate reliable first estimates of SARS-CoV-2 immunity, overall and in priority populations across Canada.  The ITF is supported by a secretariat, which has data management as a core function. The data to be managed are from epidemiological studies, supported by the ITF, of human immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Data elements will include test results, demographical, behavioral, and clinical variables. The main data management functions are to centralize, harmonize, store, and manage access to these data from all studies supported by the Task Force. 

The Data Management team of the ITF Secretariat will perform the follow activities: 
1) Develop a data governance plan, describing data stewardship, de-identification, and a strategy for centralizing data; 
2) Develop and maintain an information infrastructure (i.e., hardware, software, data) for managing information about studies supported by the ITF; 
3) Centralize data from studies, including supporting the development of consent and data collection plans for studies, documenting studies, and submission of study data; and, 
4) Ensure the secure management of collected data and manage access to the data. 
In this position the successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with a vibrant team of investigators, public health practitioners, clinicians, research staff, and software developers, all dedicated to conducting research and developing software that has immediate impact on improving population health. 

Job Description: 
Under general direction of Dr. David Buckeridge, the Scientific Director of the Surveillance Lab within the Clinical & Health Informatics Research Group and the lead of the ITF Analytics and Database Management Working Group, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities: 
1. Writes and submits ethics approval documents and manages participant registrations. 
2. Directs the management and analysis of data held in large databases. 
3. Coordinates large-scale research projects across national and international settings. 
4. Collaborates with software developers to support the development of applications. 
5. Prepares reports for granting agencies, and manuscripts for publications. 
6. Creates presentations for conferences, seminars, and workshops. 
7. Leads the preparation of literature review and manuscripts. 
8. Mentors, trains and reviews the work of other research staff. 
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE 
For Research Associate – minimum requirement: Ph.D. + 5 years research experience 
Doctoral degree in epidemiology (or a related field) and experience working in applied epidemiology or health services research are required. Research experience involving the management of epidemiological studies, including large databases, is an asset. 
OTHER QUALIFYING SKILLS & ABILITIES 
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, analytic skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a team are essential to this position. Must have strong organizational and priority setting skills, and be able to work autonomously in a complex, changing, deadline-oriented environment, as well as in a team setting. Demonstrated leadership potential and ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities without supervision. 

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