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POSTING PERIOD: July 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017
POSITION: Post-Doctoral Fellow
REPORTS TO: Dr. Mark Tremblay, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, CHEO Research Institute
SALARY: Commensurate with training and experience


The Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) is located within the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (Ottawa, Canada). HALO provides international leadership and research excellence in healthy active living for the promotion of health and wellness in children and youth, including the prevention, management and treatment of obesity. The HALO team is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of research scientists, clinicians, research staff, administrative support personnel, graduate and practicum students, post-doctoral fellows, and medical interns and residents. Working with local, provincial, national, and international partners and stakeholders, HALO is committed to advancing the understanding and importance of promoting healthy active living, with a mission to preserve, enhance and restore the health and wellness of our most precious resource, our children.

HALO is looking for a Post-Doctoral Fellow for 2 years to work to advance our research in the areas of active outdoor play and/or fitness in children and youth. The position will involve taking an active role in the development, conduct, and management of research projects. There will also be opportunities to work on several research and knowledge mobilization projects such as the ParticipACTION Report Card and the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance.


  • Responsible for advancing existing research and establishing new directions for research related to children’s active outdoor play and its relation to health (including the development of an active outdoor play measurement tool for children).
  • Responsible for advancing existing research and establishing new directions for research related to children’s fitness trends and relationships with health indicators.
  • Managing various research activities including but not limited to planning (e.g., developing research questions, study protocols, and measurement tools) and conducting (e.g., recruiting participants, obtaining informed consent, scheduling of assessments, collecting, entering and analyzing data, related report/manuscript writing) research studies.
  • Maintaining communications with all researchers and research staff.
  • Organizing meetings and preparing relevant presentations and materials.
  • Assisting with and leading the preparation of grant proposals and manuscripts, and submitting required documents to Research Ethics Board (REB) and regulatory authorities.
  • Responsible for performing statistics and producing various study-related materials including communication and study progress reports.
  • Supervising and providing training to other personnel (research assistants/students/volunteers) on study procedures and assessments.
  • Participating/Presenting in educational sessions both internally to staff and externally as requested.
  • Liaising as necessary with project stakeholders both within CHEO and externally, around the world.
  • Participating in HALO Research Group meetings and other meetings as required.
  • Performing work in accordance with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations and all CHEO corporate/departmental policies and procedures related to Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Keeping all mandatory training up-to-date.
  • Performing other related duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Doctorate degree in a health-related field (e.g., Human Kinetics, Kinesiology, Public Health, Population Health) – Essential
  • Strong analytical skills (quantitative and qualitative preferred) including familiarity with analytical software programs – Essential
  • Evidence of peer-reviewed publications – Essential
  • Experience with related research project coordination/management – Preferred
  • Bilingual French and English – Preferred
  • Familiarity with research design, process and conduct – Essential
  • Familiarity with the Delphi method for establishing consensus – Preferred
  • Knowledge of validity theory and reliability – Preferred
  • Ability to take guided initiative and to work in an organized fashion – Essential
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills – Essential
  • Demonstrated collegiality, professionalism and team skills – Essential
  • Excellent computer skills (word processing, email, spreadsheets, presentations) – Essential
  • Capable of effectively handling multiple priorities simultaneously – Essential
  • Ability to respond to study-related issues during working hours – Essential
  • Strong work ethic and motivation – Essential
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work independently – Essential
  • Experience in physical activity, play, sedentary behaviour, and fitness measurement in children – Essential
  • Police Record Check – Essential


  • Able to work in a dynamic, often hectic environment and be able to multi-task
  • Able to prioritize workload effectively
  • Able to be flexible with working hours in order to meet deadlines
  • Able to work under tight deadlines in a competitive environment
  • Able to work on a team as well as independently
  • Able to professionally deal with colleagues, visitors, and representatives from various levels and organizations

Personal Suitability:

The ideal candidate should have strong academic ability and potential, excellent organizational skills, an appreciation of healthy active living, good project management skills, good interpersonal and communication skills (speaking, writing, presenting), good judgment and be reliable, thorough, a self-starter with demonstrated initiative, creative, a team player, flexible, accommodating and ambitious.

This is a 2-year position with a 3-month probationary period. This position is available to start immediately.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter of interest, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to Dr. Mark Tremblay, Director, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO), CHEO Research Institute, 401 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 8L1 by regular mail or email to

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.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.