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Department: Population Health Research Group Effective Date: July 14, 2006
Grade: USG 8       Reports to: Project Coordinator

General Accountability

The Programmer/Data Manger is accountable to the Project Coordinator, Data Analyst, Survey Research Centre and the Faculty Investigators who work with the Population Health Research Group (PHR)

Nature and Scope

The Organization

PHR in operation since 1978, and has a national and international reputation in smoking prevention, smoking cessation, heart health, and cancer prevention research. PHR has received funding from diverse sources including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the National Institutes of Health (U.S.), Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Faculty and Staff work in partnership with public health units, school boards, federal, provincial and local governments, non-government health organizations, and health professionals.  PHR is an active partner in the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit.  We have strong affiliations with research groups at several universities. PHR is also affiliated with the Centre for Applied Health Research, the Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation, the Program Training and Consultation Centre.


PHR is subcontracted by the UW Survey Research Centre (SRC) to assist in the running of a Telephone Call Centre.  PHR is responsible for programming surveys and  monitoring the data collected.

 PHR is directed by Dr. Steve Brown of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and Dr. Paul McDonald of the Department of Health Studies and Gerontology.  Academic and research leadership is provided by nine faculty Investigators (including the Directors); an Associate Director; Project Coordinators, close to two dozen other professional research staff, administrative staff and graduate students.   

Major Challenges of the Position

The position requires an understanding of and the ability to program, test, and troubleshoot complex telephone surveys for a Wincati call centre.  It also requires a general knowledge of operating systems and understanding of database constructs.  The ability to conduct descriptive statistical analyses and inferential statistical analyses of moderate to large data sets is also required. Experience with Sawtooth technologies CI3 for Windows Wincati, SAS, ACCESS and Excel is essential. The position requires good written and verbal communication, as well as good decision-making, organization and time management skills. The incumbent must be able to communicate clearly and succinctly with Investigators drawn from both UW and other institutions, Survey Research Centre staff, and with PHR staff. The ability to conduct the analyses of several projects concurrently, in collaboration with the Data Analyst, Investigator(s) and project staff, is paramount. The Programmer/Data Manager will also contribute to overall functioning of the research group, as an integral part of the PHR team.

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