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Category: Fellows Students Date Posted: 05-Feb-2024 End Date: 04-Mar-2024 ID: 2957
Post Doctoral Fellow
Contact/Scientist: Dr. Dean Fergusson
Program: Clinical Epidemiology

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital – one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals. We are proudly affiliated with the University of Ottawa and supported by The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. With more than 2200 scientists, clinician investigators, trainees and staff, and total revenues of more than $120 million, we are one of the foremost Canadian hospital-based research institutes. Our research spans more than a hundred different diseases, conditions, and specialties with an overall focus on translating discoveries and knowledge into better health.

Job Description
The Ottawa Methods Centre (OMC) is part of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and provides expertise and support to health professionals and researchers at all stages of a research project. The OMC has been instrumental in establishing The Ottawa Hospital as one of Canada's leading centers for clinical research. Housed within OMC, the Office for Patient Engagement in Research Activities (OPERA) supports patient-oriented research through consultations, training, resources, partnerships, and additional research to advance the body of knowledge in this area. OMC is also a Clinical Trial Unit within the Accelerating Clinical Trials (ACT) Consortium
The OMC seeks a Post-Doctoral Fellow (or equivalent based on experience) for OPERA to work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary team under the guidance of OHRI's Deputy Scientific Director, Clinical Research & Director, Clinical Epidemiology (Dr. Dean Fergusson) and Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Program facilitator (Dr. Stuart Nicholls).

The successful candidate will work daily as part of the ACT Consortium Patient Engagement Working Group to lead several key projects that will contribute to and support patient engagement in clinical trials across Canada. The ACT Consortium's Patient Engagement Working Group brings together patients, caregivers, clinicians, and researchers with expertise in patient engagement in clinical trials. Patient engagement in clinical trials refers to partnering with patients and caregivers (often called "patient partners") at various clinical trial steps.

The Post-doctoral Fellow will work to understand the current landscape of patient engagement in Canadian clinical trials (including existing resources and frameworks) and undertake a needs assessment to determine gaps/areas of need to support patient engagement in the design and conduct of clinical trials in Canada.

Basic Requirements (Education/Experience):
•Background in applied health research, and preferably survey-based research methods.
•Applicants can include those near graduating from a PhD program. recently awarded a PhD or MD/PhD degree within the last year or who have a maximum of 3 yrs. postdoctoral research experience since the date of earning the PhD.
•Candidates must be highly motivated, possess excellent communication skills, detail-oriented and organized, and a strong record of scientific accomplishments, including publications in peer-reviewed journals and scientific presentations.

Preferred Qualifications:
•Bilingualism would be an asset for the role given the pan-Canadian nature of the ACT Consortium, as would experience with knowledge synthesis methods approaches, however training will be provided.
•Experience with patient engagement or participatory-based research methods is desirable.
•Familiarity with clinical trials is an asset.

Contract Details:
This is a 2-year full-time contract with the possibility of renewal.
Salary: PDF: (0-2yrs post-PhD) $47,000 annual minimum
Salary: PDF: (more than 2yrs post-PhD) $50,000 annual minimum

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Comments to Applicant:
Applicants should respond by email to Dr. Stuart Nicholls (
•A curriculum vitae
•A plain language summary of relevant experience and expertise, including any non-academic experience that may be relevant to the position.

Contact Info:
Name: Dr. Stuart Nicholls
Title: Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Program Facilitator
Program: Clinical Epidemiology
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Address: General Campus, 501 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6
Website: &

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We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those invited for an interview will be contacted. The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is an equal-opportunity employer. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process.