Opportunities at the Global Strategy Lab


JOB TITLE   Research Associate

SUPERVISOR   Patrick Fafard, Associate Director of the Global Strategy Lab and Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

DEPARTMENT   Global Strategy Lab (www.globalstrategylab.org) and University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics (https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/health-law/)

EMAIL   careers@globalstrategylab.org

APPLICATION DEADLINE   We will begin reviewing applications the week of Friday September 13, 2019 and will continue accepting applications on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is found.


The Global Strategy Lab (GSL) conducts research on how better institutional design can improve public health policy and programs both in Canada and at the global level. The Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics is an interdisciplinary hub for the generation of new ideas and evidence and their translation to impact policymakers and practitioners and to benefit the public. We are hiring a full-time, doctoral-level Research Associate to lead a one-year research project on the governance of organ donation and transplantation (ODT) in Canada.

One of the factors that affects timely and effective organ donation and transplantation (ODT) is the extent to which governments, health authorities, and hospitals work well together and collaborate transparently and effectively. This project is designed to improve the overall governance of ODT in Canada. It will examine the current state of ODT governance and offer recommendations on a new governance structure, approach or mechanism that includes a clear accountability framework and respects the jurisdictional authority of provincial and territorial governments. The project has two main deliverables:

  1. An environmental scan and governance process map that provides a detailed overview of the current system of ODT governance in Canada
  2. Proposed options for the future governance of the ODT system in Canada to enable and support a higher performing pan-Canadian ODT system

The Research Associate will work under the direction of Professor Patrick Fafard and with faculty from GSL, the University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, and possibly other Canadian universities. The successful candidate will lead the development of the reports envisaged as part of the project and supervise the small research team that will be recruited to work on this project (time permitting, the Research Associate may also work on related projects as needed). This position represents an opportunity to conduct research in social science and public health, interact with Canadian government institutions and ODT stakeholders, and make tangible contributions to the governance of ODT in Canada. Candidates must have a PhD in a related discipline.


  • PhD in a related field (e.g., law, political science, public administration, public policy, health systems). Candidates with a graduate degree in a professional program (e.g., law, medicine) will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • 3-5 years’ research experience related to health policy, health systems, and/or comparative public policy
  • Experience with research project design, management, and/or leading a research team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent understanding of the Canadian health system and/or Canadian intergovernmental relations
  • Attentiveness to detail
  • Experience conducting qualitative research interviews, preferably with government stakeholders
  • Strong ability to work independently and in teams

Preferred Qualifications (But Not Requirements)

  • Experience working on interdisciplinary mixed methods research projects
  • Experience in analyzing a large number of documents (including experience working with NVivo)
  • Knowledge of comparative public policy, collaborative governance, and/or institutional analysis
  • Strong knowledge of the organ donation and transplantation system in Canada or abroad
  • Ability to speak, read and write in French at a very high level would be considered an asset

research associate Responsibilities

  • Work with faculty members in designing and executing the research project
  • Manage the overall ODT project
  • Work with faculty and colleagues in hiring the small research team
  • Prepare submissions and updates to the University of Ottawa Research Ethics Board as required
  • Lead the research required for the project
  • Work with staff at GSL and at the University of Ottawa on the management of the project
  • Liaise with ODT stakeholders and government officials working on ODT
  • Lead the preparation of reports and manuscripts

Compensation and Term of Employment

This position is a one-year contract with the possibility of extension and will be based at the University of Ottawa. The annual salary will depend on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. The successful candidate is expected to work approximately 40 hours per week. There is one position available.

How to Apply

Please send a brief cover letter, CV and writing sample to careers@globalstrategylab.org. We thank all applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. We will begin reviewing applications the week of Friday September 13, 2019 and will continue accepting applications on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is found. Please do not contact the Global Strategy Lab by phone; send all inquiries to careers@globalstrategylab.org

Thank you in advance for your interest.


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