Research Scientist Position at the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research: Edmonton, Alberta

1. Research Scientist Position at the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research: Edmonton, Alberta


The Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research (The Centre) is recruiting for a Research Scientist to work in its Edmonton-based Child and Youth Data Laboratory (CYDL). 


The CYDL studies issues, policies and practices affecting Alberta's children and youth by linking and analyzing cross-government administrative data (e.g., health, education, human services, justice). The work of the CYDL enables policy makers and service delivery organizations to make better decisions related to services, design of programs, allocation of resources and policy development.


Note: This is a full-time one year contract position with a possibility for extension located in Edmonton, Alberta. The starting date is approximately November 1st, 2015 and compensation will be commensurate with experience.


Position Overview

Reporting to the Associate Director of the Child and Youth Data Laboratory, this position is responsible for conducting research, developing knowledge mobilization strategies and completing projects that further the mission of The Centre – to improve the well-being of children, their families and communities in Alberta, Canada and internationally by mobilizing evidence into policy and practice. In all aspects of the role, this position promotes the voice/perspectives of children, youth, and families in research, policy, practice, and knowledge exchange.


Major Duties:


Planning, Implementation and Management

        Support the strategic development of research priorities and research agendas.

        Work with partnering Ministries, community and Centre stakeholders to conceptualize, design and implement research and evaluation projects.

        Develop appropriate research designs and effective data collection/acquisition procedures including identifying data sources (including evaluate data quality) and appropriate data elements from research partners.

        Develop project-specific work plans and methods of measuring progress.

Analysis and Reporting

        Keep abreast with current scientific literature and research methodology in social and public policy related research areas.

        Develop knowledge base for programs, services, and policies of relevant data holdings. 

        Manage, analyze, and interpret quantitative research data to provide implications for policy and service. This may also include performing data extractions and linkages for reporting.

        Analyze policy related issues relevant to the work of The Centre, including researching and synthesizing information, and the evaluation of potential impacts of policy decisions.

Knowledge Mobilization / Relationship Management

        Work collaboratively within the Centre on priority initiatives of cross-sector policy-relevant research and analysis.

        Promote and represent The Centre across academic, policy and practice communities.

        Work with research project teams on project details, resolve stakeholder concerns, and develop innovative ways to inform policy and practice.

        Work with project partners, stakeholders and Centre staff to develop and implement knowledge mobilization strategies for research results to reach broad audiences in a timely and effective manner.

Special Projects

        Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

        PhD in a relevant field

        Two to five years of experience in a research environment

        Strong background in research methodology, including study design, quantitative analysis, and reporting

        Ability to conduct statistical analysis and create reports/presentations using a variety of software

        Commitment to a high degree of accuracy in all work

        Strong problem solving, critical thinking, and communication (oral and written) skills


        Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders

        Knowledge of data privacy and security issues

        Content expertise in child and youth wellbeing

        Familiarity or experience working with linked data

        Experience working with administrative data

        Understanding of policy development in government sectors

To apply for this position please submit your application (resume and cover letter) to Jason Lau, Associate Director, Child and Youth Data Laboratory, Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research by 4:15 pm (MST) October 9th, 2015.