The Enhancing Research Impact in Child Health (EnRICH) lab in Child Health and Evaluative Sciences at the Hospital for Sick Children is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. The work of the EnRICH Research Group and Network aims to enhance child health through the discovery and implementation of innovative methods that transform the way we design, conduct, and report child health clinical research. The successful candidate possesses and applies highly advanced scientific knowledge of innovative research principles and concepts in the areas of knowledge synthesis and outcome measurement. They will be supervised by Dr. Martin Offringa, a paediatric clinical epidemiologist.

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will work on the development, validation, and implementation of a novel knowledge synthesis reporting guideline (PRISMA-COSMIN) for outcome measurement instruments (OMIs) in health research. Health outcome measurements are only as good as the OMIs instruments used to make them. Yet, the use of OMIs with poor or unknown quality is widespread in clinical research. To ensure measurements are valid, reliable, patient-centered, and comparable across research studies and health systems, complete reporting of OMI appraisals conducted via systematic reviews is essential. However, there is no consensus on what constitutes complete and sufficient reporting of these types of systematic reviews. The central deliverable of this project will be an internationally developed, evidence-informed and consensus-based reporting guideline: PRISMA-COSMIN.

Here’s What You’ll Get To Do:

  • Lead a multidisciplinary and international team including chairing steering committee meetings, expert consultations, and the development and conduct of education sessions
  • Design and conduct methodological research, including scoping reviews
  • Develop and apply novel patient engagement strategies for methodological research
  • Oversee Delphi design, conduct, and data analyses
  • Apply evidence validation of draft guidance in five medical fields (e.g., mental health, rheumatology, neurology, surgery, and child health)
  • Co-chair the Evidence Synthesis Meeting, write up of final deliverables
  • Disseminate research and clinical findings through publications, presentations, and seminars
  • Provide leadership and supervision within the EnRICH team on scientific matters
  • Co-supervise research trainees
  • Assist the PI in preparing reviews of others’ grant application and manuscripts as appropriate
  • Assist the PI in ensuring that fiscal safety and legislative responsibilities are maintained

Here’s What You’ll Need: 

  • PhD. in Epidemiology or related field with relevant experience in systematic reviews, clinimetrics, and/or reporting guideline development (Candidates who have obtained their PhD within the last two years are preferred)
  • Experience in patient engagement and/or integrated knowledge translation is an asset
  • Experience with clinical trial outcome selection and/or evaluating outcome measurement instruments using standardized methods, such as COSMIN or OMERACT, is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated strong competency in written and verbal communications
  • Previous experience with grant and manuscript writing

Employment Type: Temporary, Full-Time (1 year contract, with possibility for renewal)

Apply here.