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Schlegel - UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA)

The RIA invites applications for a full time Associate Director. Application deadline is April 30, 2017.  Submit your application by email to Josie d’Avernas, Executive Director   RIA is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified persons. This is a full-time permanent position.

Position Description

In this senior position, the Associate Director will oversee projects related to development, dissemination and commercialization of research-informed products and services:

  • Be responsible for overseeing and advancing RIA’s social entrepreneurship agenda
  • Provide overall program management for existing business units within RIA  (Living Classrooms,  Culture Change,  Leadership Training Program, Excellence in Resident Centred Care, Living the Dementia Journey)
  • Explore and develop new business units for RIA (e.g. program evaluation services)
  • Establish policies and procedures related to Intellectual Property rights and negotiate Intellectual Property rights for new products and services
  • Scan for and apply to funding opportunities especially those related to evaluation, product development and dissemination/commercialization

The successful candidate will support the Executive Director in day-to-day operations of RIA:

  • strategic, operational and financial planning for RIA  
  • relationships with partners and collaborators

The successful candidate will support the Executive Director in activities to promote national and global profile for RIA:

  • presentations and attendance at conferences and other events,
  • participation on provincial, national and international committees

The ideal candidate will meet the following qualifications:

  • Post graduate degree in Business Administration preferred, Social Sciences or Health Sciences with business courses accepted
  • At least 10 years’ experience working in a leadership role within a research, education or healthcare environment
  • Experience in and a passion for working with older adults
  • Experience in supervision of staff and management of consulting contracts
  • Demonstrated understanding of long-term care and senior living systems in Ontario
  • Proven track record of excellence in financial management within a complex organization
  • Demonstrated aptitude and experience in project management from goal setting to workplan development, budgeting, evaluation and implementation
  • An understanding of and commitment to the vision, mission and values of the RIA and its core partners (Schlegel Villages, University of Waterloo, Conestoga College)

Background Information

The RIA ( aims to be one of the top 5 innovation institutes for aging in the world.   This ambitious goal requires investments in research, knowledge mobilization, and evaluation.  Investment in research occurs via an ambitious plan to grow from the current 7 Schlegel Research Chairs to at least 15, and for each of these Chairs to develop robust programs of research involving teams of researchers. Our strategic plan for 2016 – 2020 goes beyond the conduct of research and knowledge generation (Aim 2) to “make scientific and programmatic contributions to the integration of research and practice” (Aim 3) to “drive culture change in aging across Canada through leading the establishment of a national hub and network” (Aim 4) and to “make groundbreaking contributions to the establishment of living classrooms where living, learning and care are fully integrated” (Aim 5). 

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Research positions

Schlegel - UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA)

The RIA invites applications for a full time Assistant Research Coordinator. Application deadline is April 30, 2017.  Submit your application by e-mail to Susan Brown, Director of Research Coordination and Research-Practice Integration (   RIA is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified persons. This is a full-time permanent position in Waterloo, Ontario.

Position Description

The Assistant Research Coordinator works as part of the Research Coordination and Practice Integration (RCPI) team, led by the Director of Research Coordination and Research-Practice Integration, and provides an interface between researchers and Schlegel Villages by: 

  1. Screening potential research projects
  2. Supporting researchers and team members as they plan, and initiate studies in Schlegel Villages
  3. Supporting researchers and team members in recruiting participants from Schlegel Villages
  4. Assisting with the preparation of research ethics applications and internal project documentation
  5. Facilitating application of research to practice using various knowledge mobilization strategies
  6. Initiating and/or supporting internal research and practice integration projects
  7. Raising the profile of RIA within Schlegel Villages

Job responsibilities include:

  1. Coordination of Research
    • As assigned by the Director of Research Coordination and Research-Practice Integration, the successful candidate will:
      • Support researchers and team members as they prepare to submit research proposals for consideration
      • Participate in discussions to determine each proposal’s degree of alignment with RIA’s and Schlegel Villages’ strategic directions
      • Participate in decision making regarding the suitability of research projects based on criteria outlined in RIA’s Research Policy Guidelines
      • Work with project teams to develop a shared understanding of expectations with the RIA team and Schlegel Villages
      • Lead recruitment for research projects (as assigned) by assisting residents, team members and family members in understanding research projects and promoting the anticipated benefits of participating
      • Coordinate space for data collection within the Schlegel Villages
      • Support research teams throughout the data collection process as needs arise
      • Complete documentation of research project descriptions and results
  2. RIA-initiated Research and Program Development
    • The successful candidate will:
      • Lead or assist with RIA in-house research, evaluation, and practice integration projects as required (e.g., liaising with Village team members, creating knowledge products, grant writing, engaging key stakeholders, data collection, data entry, analysis, report writing, etc.)
      • Respond to requests from Schlegel Villages for support with special projects (e.g. summarizing existing research)
  3. Linking Research, Training and Practice
    • The successful candidate will:
      • Work with the Director of Communications to raise RIA’s profile by coordinating/contributing content for website updates, newsletters, articles, community presentations and other communications
      • Organize and deliver information sessions before, during and after research projects to keep residents, team members and family members informed and engaged
      • Develop clear language summaries for completed projects
      • Work with the Research Application Specialist to disseminate study results and integrate results into practice where relevant
      • Work with the  Research Application Specialist to maintain communication with and engage Village Innovation Champions
      • Work with RIA the team and researchers (e.g. Research Application Specialist, Director of Community Partnerships and Business Development) in planning and delivering workshops/conferences/events (e.g. joint Schlegel Villages-RIA Innovation Summit, annual Think Tanks, community events, etc.).

The ideal candidate will meet the following qualifications:

  • University degree in health or social sciences, with courses in gerontology, research design and program evaluation
  • Strong knowledge of, and personal experience in working with older adults in retirement and/or long-term care environments
  • Strong  working knowledge of research design and analysis (including quantitative and qualitative designs), and of the research process
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Collaborative team skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.

Background Information

The RIA ( is a charitable non-profit organization that partners with the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College, and Schlegel Villages to enhance the care and quality of life for older adults through the development and implementation of innovative research and training programs.  Schlegel Researchers lead programs of research in the areas of vascular aging and brain health, nutrition, dementia assessment and management, technology for independent living, workforce development, health information technology, geriatric medicine, arts and aging, spirituality and mobility.  The majority of RIA’s Research and Development work takes place in 16 long-term care and retirement communities (Schlegel Villages) that are home to approximately 4,000 older adults and employing approximately 3,200 team members. Innovations are trialed in these sites then disseminated broadly to benefit older adults everywhere.

Please refer to the RIA hiring website for more information.

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Postdoctoral fellow positions


Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Population Health

Start date: negotiable

One year contract

The Propel Centre is accepting applications for postdoctoral fellows. Positions are available for qualified candidates from diverse fields (e.g., population health, health studies, planning, epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology) who are interested in advancing their research skills, productivity, and collaborations with science, policy and practice colleagues. The candidates will conduct work in tobacco control. They will lead and support peer-reviewed and other publications, and participate in the preparation and execution of grants and contracts. Candidates will work as members of interdisciplinary project teams, participating fully in scholarly activities. They will have access to quantitative and qualitative data sets for secondary analyses, including the national Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Survey (formerly the Youth Smoking Survey). They will also be able to contribute to and build on existing projects (e.g., smoking cessation interventions, healthy school communities, smoke-free spaces) and participate in existing networks and communities of research and practice.

Candidates must have excellent research and evaluation skills using quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed-methods studies, and have exceptional written and oral communication skills. They must be able to manage multiple concurrent projects, and be able to work with limited supervision. These positions present an excellent opportunity for interdisciplinary training, developing diverse skills in study design, measurement, theory and knowledge exchange, and developing collaborations with scientific, policy and practice colleagues across the country.

Propel is a Senate-approved centre of the University of Waterloo and a national research program of the Canadian Cancer Society. Propel exists to prevent cancers, other chronic diseases and their behavioural and environmental causes. Using an engaged scholarship approach, Propel improves the health of people and places by leading and catalyzing relevant and rigorous studies, and moving evidence into action. Policy, practice and research colleagues across Canada actively engage with Propel. Our in‐house team includes scientists and highly skilled research staff. Please see Propel's website for more information. 

Applications will be reviewed as received and this posting will remain open until the positions are filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native peoples, and persons with disabilities. The appointments are subject to the availability of funds. Please note that all applications are appreciated but only those under consideration will be contacted. Interested applicants should submit an application including curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, up to three samples of scholarly work and reference letters to:

Mari Alice Jolin, Associate Director, Planning

Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada  N2L 3G1

519-888-4567, ext. 36552 |

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