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Research Coordinator Position, Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, Laurentian University

Sudbury, Ontario
Deadline June 16, 2017

The Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR), Laurentian University, is seeking a full-time one year position for a Research Coordinator. This position has the potential for contract renewal. The Research Coordinator will work directly with Dr. Jennifer Walker, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health.  Dr. Walker’s research program focuses on community-engaged projects to understand dementia, diabetes and other chronic conditions in Indigenous populations, in collaboration with Indigenous organizations and communities.  These projects often use large provincial health datasets to answer questions important to Indigenous communities. As such, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and considerations with regards to health services research with Indigenous populations.  There is a preference for candidates who have experience with large health datasets and previous work with Indigenous communities.

CRaNHR ( is an academic and applied research institute that conducts health systems research studies into the health of vulnerable populations, including Indigenous, Francophone, rural and northern populations. CRaNHR personnel work closely with Faculty Investigators (drawn from a variety of disciplines and universities) to conduct grant funded research.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Project and research process management and coordination of large research projects with multiple partner organizations and deadlines
  • Manage project timelines and deliverables
  • Coordinate and facilitate research meetings with community partner organizations
  • Assist with research protocols and ethics board applications
  • Review and synthesize research literature and health policy documentation
  • Assist with the development of analytic plans and analyze and interpret quantitative data
  • Prepare research articles, manuscripts and reports
  • Facilitate on-going communication with Indigenous community partners, advisory groups, and research team
  • Assist with knowledge sharing and translation activities
  • Other duties, as assigned


In addition to demonstrated experience in most of the above tasks, CRaNHR is seeking broadly trained candidate with the following qualifications:

  • Master’s or PhD degree in health studies, health sciences, or other relevant disciplines (e.g. Indigenous studies, medical anthropology or sociology, psychology)
  • Knowledge of Indigenous models of First Nations and provincial health service delivery
  • Knowledge of cultural safety
  • Experience with large data sets, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs
  • Proficiency in using a variety of office software, literature search engines, biographic software (e.g. Endnote)  and research software packages (e.g., SAS, SPSS, NVivo, ArcGIS)
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills in English are essential. Bilingual English/French or Indigenous languages would be an asset.
  • Ability to work as part of a collaborative team and in partnership with Indigenous health organizations
  • Ability to travel

Terms: This is a contract position starting in September 2017 for 1 year, with the potential for renewal.  

Rate of Pay: This is a full-time professional position that offers a comprehensive benefits package and a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

To apply, please submit electronically, a cover letter and curriculum vitae with the names and contact information of three references, and indicate how your qualifications and experience fulfill the requirements of the position. Send the application by June 16, 2017 to:

Jody Tverdal, Administrator
CRaNHR, Laurentian University

All candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Laurentian University is committed to equity in employment and encourages applications from all qualified applicants including women, aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.