Job Scientific Communications and Program research assistant in Toronto

Scientific Communications and Program research assistant

Job description

Job Posting #909948

Position: Scientific Communications and Program Research Assistant

Site: UHN

Department: Division of Neurosurgery

Reports to: Manager

Hours: 37.5 per week

Status: Permanent Full-time

University Health Network (UHN)
is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Scientific Communications and Program Research Assistant in our Elisabeth Raab Accelerator of Science to End Neurofibromatosis (ERASEnf) Research Program.

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research across UHN's five research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

The Elisabeth Raab Accelerator of Science to End Neurofibromatosis (ERASEnf) is privately funded research program focused exclusively on addressing critical gaps in care and research that limits the development of innovative care models that improve quality-of-life in neurofibromatosis (NF). ERASEnf solicits and funds collaborative team projects that focus on the biological, psychological and sociological well-being of NF patients. The primary objective of ERASEnf is to take a holistic approach to the neurofibromatosis patient and be a catalyst for innovation in neurofibromatosis management.

This is an exciting professional opportunity to join a growing research program during its formative years and to help shape its mission and influence the neurofibromatosis research landscape. Be part of a collegial, collaborative, and driven team passionate about improving the lives of neurofibromatosis community. Importantly, the candidates talents will be directed towards making a tangible impact and catalyze innovative research to develop novel therapies.

Position Summary:
Manage all research-related communications activities ensuring that information about ERASEnf-funded research as well as relevant external research is communicated to the lay public accurately, clearly and timely. Compelling and engaging writing is an essential part of the position. Manage the scientific aspects of the ERASEnf research program, which funds and coordinates cutting edge research in neurofibromatosis.


  • Write updates, appropriate for a lay audience, related to neurofibromatosis research projects, relevant external publications and scientific meetings
  • Design graphics and figures to distill research advances into easily digestible visual content
  • Work with the directors in the finalization of ERASEnf research-related announcements by providing appropriate knowledge and information concerning the scientific content as well as the status of ongoing research in neurofibromatosis funded by ERASEnf
  • Responsible for maintaining and improving the content of ERASEnf’s research website
  • Manage the ERASEnf Calls for Proposal Program
  • In consultation with the ERASEnf directors, develop the agenda for ERASEnf’s annual research and patient symposiums
  • Support and maintain the vision, mission, priorities, and guiding principles of the ERASEnf. Understand the strategic direction and purpose of the Research Program and conform to stated strategies and business needs, develop standard research procedures, and maintain records to comply with regulatory requirements
  • Ensure that confidentiality and security of all information under his/her supervision is maintained
  • Develop and deliver presentations as required and provide input and suggestions on existing content
  • Participate in internal and external meetings
  • Perform all other responsibilities and projects as assigned by the Director

Credentials and Qualifications:

  • MSc or equivalent
  • Expertise in experimental biology, cell biology, molecular genetics or bioinformatics preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in translating complex scientific language into clear and engaging stories for the lay public
  • Established skills in developing scientific reports, presentations, and business correspondence
  • Proficiency with various computer systems and databases including Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel

Skills and Competencies:

  • Superb written and oral communication skills, ability to communicate effectively and compellingly with scientific peers and the public
  • Detail-oriented, strong organizational skills, and capable of handling diverse assignments
  • Graphical design that conveys research advances into digestible visual content
  • Effectively multi-task, establish priorities, and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Team player who can build excellent working relationships both internally and externally
  • Superior active listening, observation, analytical, and problem recognition and solving skills

Please share CVs and applications on Nov 30, 2022 to [email protected] and [email protected]

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posting Date: November 11, 2022 Closing Date: November 30, 2022

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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