The Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time Limited Term Research Associate position with primary research interests in tuberculosis (TB) research, operational research and randomized controlled trial in Tibet, China. This position will provide research support for a Stop TB Partnership funded TB REACH grant. The Research Associate will join a strong team of leaders and public health practitioners in tuberculosis research. The project will be based at the DLSPH but in close collaboration with public health agencies in Tibet and the national TB program in China.
The objective of the study is to implement cloud-based electronic monitors in TB patients in two districts of Shigatse, Tibet. All patients will be provided with an e-monitor that sends real-time dosing information using mobile connectivity to a cloud-based system, which is connected with routine TB reports. Adherence information stored in the cloud will be presented in an app in WeChat, a social media program widely used in Tibetans. Through the WeChat app, patients will have direct but independent communications with their treatment supporters and doctors. This is designed as a randomized controlled trial where patients will be followed up for 6 months to compare adherence and treatment outcomes. The second objective of the study is to assess the acceptability, feasibility and adaptability of the interventions through qualitative studies.
The candidate will engage with the research through project management and scholarly participation and contributions to the project through activities including but not limited to: questionnaire design, data collection and analysis, intervention design and implementation, data management and quality assurance, and writing reports and academic publications.
The candidate will collaborate closely with the main partner, Shigatse Centre for Disease Control, and participate in every aspect of the study from patient recruitment, implementation, quality control to dissemination. Furthermore, the candidate will assist in the organization of meetings, training sessions, and other materials used in the studies.
The successful candidate must:
1) possess a PhD in public health or an acceptable equivalent;
2) have a minimum of 3 years field experience in a public health research or practice organization;
3) be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written English and Chinese ; 4) have a strong background in TB related research,
5) proven leadership skills, and
6) be able to work independently as well as directly with team members and study collaborators.
In addition, the candidate must have: a strong publication record; demonstrated success in the writing and preparation of manuscripts, presentations, reports, briefs, and scientific abstracts and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals; strong knowledge of issues relating to TB research or operational research; and, experience in coordinating and conducting field research in TB care. The candidate will have skills in both quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity with its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.