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Exciting job opportunities at the NMD4C coordination office

Do you have a passion for research and care in neuromuscular diseases and the difference it can make for Canadian patients? Are you committed to collaboration and networking to achieve shared goals? We are recruiting network staff at the NMD4C coordination office at the CHEO Research Institute in Ottawa.

We are looking for a network manager and a communications and admin assistant. Both positions are available immediately for a three-year term. The job descriptions are reproduced in full below (in English) and are now available on the CHEO-RI website (in both English and French). Applications should be sent by email to by the closing date of 24 February. We aim to interview shortlisted candidates on 2 March.

In brief:

Network manager: “Our network has ambitious plans to improve research and care for neuromuscular patients across Canada. It’s your job to make them happen!”

Comms assistant: “An in-depth knowledge of new media (web and social media)… adaptable and interested in learning new skills, and excited to share the value and successes of the project with the wider world.”

Do these sound like you? If so, please consider joining us!

Read the network manager job description
Read the communications and administration assistant job description

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NMD4C Network Manager

View PDF on CHEO-RI site

Summary

This exciting new research management post within a leading rare disease research team at the CHEO Research Institute leads the development and running of the CIHR funded NMD4C network to ensure the deliverables and objectives of this multicentre project are achieved. The postholder will be responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the network, setting goals and priorities in collaboration with the network coordinators, managing research administration (finance, contracts, staffing), and acting as the primary contact for NMD4C participants (clinicians, researchers and patient organization members) across Canada. They will monitor progress, relay information to the steering committee and provide quarterly scientific summaries that address milestones.

The successful candidate

You will have a passionate interest in research and its value for patients and the research community. You will be a team player with a strong collaborative ethos, able to form excellent working relationships with senior and junior colleagues both onsite and remotely. You will also have well developed project management and problem-solving skills and the ability to see the bigger picture, work independently and take initiative and responsibility to ensure the success of the project. Our network has ambitious plans to improve research and care for neuromuscular patients across Canada. It’s your job to make them happen!

Setting

NMD4C is a recently formed network bringing together many neuromuscular research centres across Canada and spearheaded from Ottawa’s CHEO Research Institute. The aims of the network are to formalise and sustain a network of neuromuscular disease (NMD) stakeholders united around a cohesive three-year plan, train and educate the next generation of NMD stakeholders (clinicians, scientists, and patient advocates), raise the standard of care for NMD and access to therapies across Canada, and strengthen biomedical and clinical infrastructure to build research capacity in Canada (Figure 1). The post holder will report to the project lead Dr Hanns Lochmüller on a day to day basis, and then to the steering committee (composed of clinicians, basic scientists, and patient representatives) every two months. They will work alongside the communications/administrative assistant and other members of Dr Lochmüller’s research team to deliver the goals outlined in a series of work packages (Figure 2). The position will primarily be based at the CHEO Research Institute in a leading rare disease research team, but as this is a national network it may require occasional travel to other network sites for meetings and conferences.

 

Main Duties and responsibilities

  • Lead the development of the project’s strategies to develop an integrated, quality-assured and comprehensive NMD network.
  • Set interim goals and priorities to ensure the project’s short and long term objectives are achieved.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations (finance, contracts, and staffing) of the network through close collaboration with the communications/admin assistant, project lead, and network partners.
  • Act as the senior point of contact for NMD4C participants (clinicians, researchers and patient organization members) across Canada.
  • Act as point of contact for external enquiries to the project.
  • Oversee the development and execution of a quarterly newsletter and website.
  • Monitor progress, relay information to the steering committee and provide quarterly scientific summaries that address milestones.

 

Skills

Essential

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject (science/administration/business)
  • Proven high level decision making and problem solving skills, and a demonstrable ability to take initiative, prioritise and plan appropriately within a strategic framework.
  • Substantial relevant experience demonstrating development through involvement in a series of progressively demanding work/roles.
  • Excellent project management skills and the ability to deliver results on time
  • Knowledge of an academic/medical research environment

Desirable

  • Higher academic degree (Masters or PhD)
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills including motivational negotiating and influencing.
  • Effective report writing skills and the ability to research and present information clearly.
  • IT literate across a wide range of applications, preferably with specialist skills in areas with direct relevance to the position.
  • Bilingualism is an advantage but not required
  • Willingness to learn new skills

Experience and Achievements (paid or unpaid)

Essential

  • Developing effective working relationships with colleagues at all levels in an organisation and preferably across organisational, professional and geographical boundaries.
  • Leading, managing and developing a team.
  • Working in a research/university environment.
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures.

Desirable

  • Experience of costing and overseeing projects
  • Experience of liaising with industry and/or charities

The successful candidate will be provided with a generous benefits package provided by CHEO. Placement will be dependent on a satisfactory police record check (PRC).

For further information on this position please contact Dr Hanns Lochmüller

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and a one page description of why you would be a good fit for this role to Dr Sally Spendiff by 24 February 2020. Please note that only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. This will be done within two weeks of the deadline.

Should the applicant require any accommodations during the application process, please notify CHEO RI Human Resources as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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NMD4C Network Communications and Administration Assistant

View PDF on CHEO-RI site

Summary

This exciting new communications and administrative post within a leading rare disease research team at the CHEO Research Institute involves developing and running the communications strategy for the CIHR-funded NMD4C network and handling associated administrative activities. The post holder will use a variety of media (web, social media, print) to develop compelling material that communicates the outputs and successes of the project to knowledge users, clinicians, the lay public and other stakeholders. They will also liaise with Muscular Dystrophy Canada to develop up-to-date information for patients. They will maintain the project website and social media accounts and grow their audience and reach, produce a quarterly newsletter, and take on the administrative management of network events.

The successful candidate

You will have a passionate interest in research and its value for patients and the research community and an ability to communicate results engagingly to different audiences. You will be a team player with a strong collaborative ethos, able to form excellent working relationships with colleagues. You will have excellent communication skills and an in-depth knowledge of new media (web and social media) combined with strong administrative skills. You will be adaptable and interested in learning new skills, and excited to share the value and successes of the project with the wider world.

Setting

NMD4C is a recently formed network bringing together many neuromuscular research centres across Canada and spearheaded from Ottawa’s CHEO Research Institute. The aims of the network are to formalise and sustain a network of neuromuscular disease (NMD) stakeholders united around a cohesive three-year plan, train and educate the next generation of NMD stakeholders (clinicians, scientists, and patient advocates), raise the standard of care for NMD and access to therapies across Canada, and strengthen biomedical and clinical infrastructure to build research capacity in Canada (Figure 1). The post holder will report to the NMD4C  research network manager on a day to day basis and then to the project lead Dr Hanns Lochmüller when required. The position will primarily be based at the CHEO research institute, but as this is a national network it may require occasional travel to other network sites for meetings and conferences.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Manage the day to day operations of NMD4C communications in liaison with other network members.
  • Responsible for management and organisation of NMD4C events, meetings (including minute taking), teleconferences, and workshops.  Organise conference and exhibition materials as necessary, including design and production to required standards and guidelines.
  • Organise travel, accommodation and registration arrangements, including visits to outside organisations, academic and business meetings (local, national and international) to ensure the most efficient use is made of time and resources and to ensure minimum disruption.
  • Responsible for NMD4C website development and management with guidance, including website policy and administration.
  • Responsible for the production of the NMD4C quarterly newsletter in liaison with network partners.
  • Assist in the production of network reports for the steering committee and network partners. Ensure provision of NMD4C contributions to other relevant annual reports.
  • Work with PR colleagues within the CHEO Research Institute, University, Hospital and network partners with regards to any press releases or publicity for NMD4C.

Skills

Essential

  • A broad academic training to degree level
  • Excellent communication skills; familiarity with social media and websites.
  • A desire to solve problems and take initiative, prioritise and plan appropriately with guidance
  • An interest in medical research

Desirable

  • Effective report writing skills and the ability to research and present information clearly.
  • IT literate across a wide range of applications, preferably with specialist skills in areas with direct relevance to the position.

Experience and Achievements

Essential

  • Developing effective working relationships with colleagues
  • Working within a team.
  • Evidence of organisational ability

Desirable

  • Experience of liaising with organisations (industry, charities, universities)
  • Working or knowledge of the research/university environment.
  • Prior experience communicating research results

The successful candidate will be provided with a generous benefits package provided by CHEO. Placement will be dependent on a satisfactory police record check (PRC).

For further information on this position please contact Dr Hanns Lochmüller

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and a one page description of why you would be a good fit for this role to Dr Sally Spendiff by 24 February 2020. Please note that only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. This will be done within two weeks of the deadline.

Should the applicant require any accommodations during the application process, please notify CHEO RI Human Resources as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

 

 

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