Research Assistant/Associate

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Competition No.: CPF1404






Knowledge Synthesis Unit 

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The Cardiovascular Research Methods Centre (CRMC) is seeking 2 full-time research assistants/associates to work as part of an energetic multi-disciplinary team in the Evidence Synthesis Unit. The CRMC conducts a wide variety of projects, including systematic reviews, health technology assessments, rapid reviews, and related methodology development projects for a variety of different stakeholders. It is home to a CIHR-funded Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN) collaborating centre for network meta-analysis, that uses advanced methods to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of pharmacologic agents in Canada, and the Rapid Response unit for the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN). The Evidence Synthesis Unit is comprised of a talented group of individuals with expertise in various disciplines including epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics and knowledge translation.


  • Postgraduate training (MSc. preferably with 2+ years of relevant experience) in health sciences research or related field (social or behavioural sciences, or education etc.);
  • Proficiency in systematic reviews and related methodology;
  • Experience in critical appraisal of medical literature;
  • Understanding of research principles and evidence-based medicine principles.


  • Training in Epidemiology and/or biostatistics;
  • Experience of and/or interest in meta-analysis and network meta-analysis techniques;
  • Ability to maintain records of analysis activities, and prepare periodic and ad hoc reports, as required;
  • Previous authorship of peer reviewed publications and research funding applications;,
  • Familiarity with systematic review software (DistillerSR etc.) and data analysis software (SPSS, SAS, RevMan, Comprehensive Meta-Analysis, WinBugs etc.) an asset.

The primary role will involve research support across various knowledge synthesis projects. The position will include the following:

  • Participating in topic refinement process including identification of research questions and protocol development in collaboration with funders/investigators;
  • Participation in screening of citations, data abstraction, quality assessments and data synthesis;
  • Assist with preparation of reports and manuscript preparation for peer-reviewed scientific journals;
  • Participation in ongoing methodological research on knowledge synthesis;
  • Preparation of grants and requests for applications as required;
  • Attendance at all required meetings designated by the CRMC including project meetings, staff meetings, academic rounds, etc.;
  • Attendance at scientific conferences/external meetings as required;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Proven self-starter
  • Proven ability to work independently, take direction from various sources and prioritize workload with attention to detail
  • Demonstrated collegiality and professionalism; ability to work within a multidisciplinary, international team environment
  • Must have excellent organizational, communication (oral and written), and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Excel, Power Point, Word
  • Proficient in English

Accommodations will be provided in all parts of the hiring process relating to any specialty requirements. Applicants should make their needs known in advance.

Qualified individuals interested in applying for these positions should send a cover letter and complete CV with description of research experience and contact information for two references to:

Ms. Anne Gray
Assistant to the Director (Dr. George A. Wells)
Cardiovascular Research Methods Centre
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
H1281-40 Ruskin Street
Ottawa, ON, K1Y 4W7