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Posting # 46585 - [ Non-Union ]
Research Associate, Lawson Health Research Institute - 1 position
Lawson Health Research Institute
Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care - London, ON
Temporary Full Time


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About the Research Centre

Located at the Parkwood Institute (Lawson Health Research Institute) in London, Ontario, the MacDonald Franklin Operational Stress Injury Research Centre (MFORC) conducts innovative research in military and Veteran mental health. The Centre’s primary mission is to improve the mental health and well-being of Veterans with Operational Stress Injuries (OSIs) through clinical and neuroscience research.

Research excellence, education and knowledge mobilization are the strategic priorities that guide us in our mission to facilitate collaborative and innovative research. We are committed to conducting specialized and evidence-based pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy research that translates into better treatment outcomes in the lives of those experiencing mental health challenges as a result of their operational service.

Job Summary and Responsibilities

The MacDonald Franklin Operational Stress Injury Research Centre (MFORC) is inviting applications for a Research Associate position. This position is a full-time (37.5 hours/week) 12-month contract with the possibility of renewal.

The successful candidate will work under the direction of MacDonald Franklin Operational Stress Injury Research Centre (MFORC) Scientific Director and operationally, under the Associate Scientific Director, to support new and ongoing research projects for the Centre.


As a member of the Centre’s research team, the Research Associate will be expected to:

  • Develop, lead, and support observational and experimental research projects related to OSIs (e.g., PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicide) and mental health
  • Be active in grant-writing, technical reports, and peer-reviewed publications
  • Coordinate and lead all aspects of project implementation, evaluation/analysis, and dissemination of study findings (opportunities for publications)
  • Prepare research ethics submissions
  • Conduct participant interviews
  • Advise, guide, prepare, and perform quantitative statistical analysis; interpret basic and advanced analyses.
  • Identify and address pressing research questions in the field of Veteran and military mental health; utilize knowledge of epidemiology and clinical understanding to refine questions and hypotheses.
  • Provide supervision and mentorship for junior research assistants, and supervise volunteers, as required.

While this position is based in London, Ontario, the successful applicant can optionally provide research services remotely during the 12-month contract. This position is open to all eligible candidates in Ontario. This position may occasionally involve travel.


Essential Qualifications
  • PhD or MD in a health-related discipline required.
  • Experience conducting research within the field of mental health (e.g., clinical neuroscience, social psychology background).
  • Strong publication record.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience managing research studies including but not limited to: demonstrated knowledge of research design principles (both qualitative and quantitative); grant writing, proposal and protocol development; conducting literature reviews; data management, including collection, analysis, and interpretation; familiarity with research ethics best practices (e.g., TCPS-2) and experience initiating research ethics applications; participating in participant recruitment; liaising with external research collaborators and key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting experimental and correlational studies.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills needed to develop, plan and coordinate research projects with proven ability to manage competing priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise junior research team members
  • Demonstrated knowledge translation skills through the ability to synthesize information from a wide variety of sources and communicate scientific concepts both orally and in writing for the dissemination of research findings.
  • Exceptional quantitative research skills (may include scale development, advanced statistical analysis and modelling, and epidemiological techniques).
  • Strong knowledge of statistical software/languages such as R (or python), SPSS, SAS, Stata, and/or MPlus.
  • Demonstrated advanced computer knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office, particularly with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong interpersonal as well as written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to be productive while working independently as well as in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Strong analytical, interpretive, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organization skills along with proven accuracy and attention to detail, creativity, resourcefulness and task completion.
  • Good judgement, initiative, tact and professional attitude in the workplace.
  • Adaptable, flexible and resourceful. Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Able to travel within the catchment area as required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of Veteran mental health needs and interest in conducting research related to Canadian military/Veteran mental health and well-being.
  • Experience with qualitative analysis software such as NVivo or MAXQDA.
  • Knowledge and experience with REDCap and other data collection tools.

The incumbent will maintain certification required by Lawson Health Research Institute, SJHC and study-specific requirements.

Teaching and Research
  • St. Joseph's Health Care London through its affiliation with Western University and Fanshawe College is a leading research and teaching hospital. As an employee of St. Joseph's you will be expected to engage in role related teaching and research activities in addition to any of your clinical duties

Immunization Requirements
  • Provide documentation you have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and a written commitment to follow any future Public Health recommendations and St. Joseph's Health Care London policies and processes related to Covid management in the workplace
  • Provide vaccination records or proof of immunity against measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chicken pox)
  • Provide documentation of the Tuberculosis skin testing

Posting date: December 09, 2021
Submission deadline: January 06, 2022

Julie Neilans, Human Resources

Your interest in this opportunity is appreciated.
Only those under consideration will be contacted.
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