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In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

This is a regular full-time staff position and a non-academic option for Research Associates who have completed their term(s) at PHSA and are transitioning from the academic path to begin conducting scientific research outside the academic research stream.  It is also suitable for individuals who have gained experience at external organizations and who meet the required qualification criteria.  The staff scientist performs the duties of a Research Associate but works with more independence.

Role Summary

Working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, these positions propose experimental hypotheses, design experimental questions and protocols, and plan, coordinate, conduct and report on assigned research projects.  They evaluate research data, revise techniques and develop new methods and approaches to solve scientific problems.

Key Accountabilities

  • Proposes experimental hypotheses for research and designs experimental questions and protocols in consultation with the Principal Investigator.
  • Applies standard scientific techniques and utilizes technical expertise and experience to plan, coordinate, conduct and report on assigned research projects.  Notifies Principal Investigator of issues related to laboratory protocols and experimental designs and recommends solutions.
  • Prepares Research Ethics Board applications and amendments as required, and ensures compliance with Research Ethics Board guidelines.
  • Develops new laboratory methods and modifies existing procedures to facilitate research projects.
  • Collects, records, analyzes, validates, interprets and organizes experimental and research data and communicates scientific findings to Principal Investigator.  Recommends research direction based on preliminary findings in consultation with the Principal Investigator.
  • Sources funding opportunities and provides input into writing research proposals and developing budget for grant applications.
  • Writes grants to secure funding in support of research projects when permitted by funding agency and supported by the Department
  • Works with department administration to monitor and report on project budget and expenditures to ensure prudent use of financial resources.
  • Conducts regular literature reviews relating to research areas.  Contributes intellectual and scientific input to manuscripts for publications.  Presents research findings at national and/or international conferences.
  • Facilitates constructive and collaborative relationships with both the Principal Investigator and internal and external research partners.


A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Ph.D. in a related scientific field plus five (5) years of recent, relevant post-doctoral research experience.

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