The Can-SOLVE CKD Network is seeking a senior scientist interested in chairing the Research Operations Committee (ROC).

Can-SOLVE CKD is one of five national chronic disease networks established through Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) and funded by CIHR and more than 30 partners. The network is currently undertaking 18 research projects and four core infrastructures focused on improving CKD diagnosis, developing new treatments, and determining how best to deliver innovative patient-centred care.

The purpose of the ROC is to assess key elements of Can-SOLVE CKD research projects and advise the project leads and steering committee accordingly. The ROC performs annual peer-reviews on all projects to evaluate and provide guidance for successful implementation of the research program. Membership includes patient and Indigenous partners, experts of research methodology and clinical research. The Committee provides guidance to the project leads on strengthening aspects of the projects, as required and may seek external advice when necessary.

Responsibilities and potential tasks include:

  • ongoing leadership, including interacting with and providing guidance to Can-SOLVE CKD staff
  • attendance at the annual in-person Can-SOLVE CKD meeting, quarterly Steering Committee calls, and ROC peer-review sessions in November, February and May (approximately 36 hrs annually)
  • reviewing annual project reports and moderating review sessions by setting the tone for respectful and inclusive interactions
  • communicating mandates, expectations and recommendations coming out from members of the ROC in an appropriate and respectful fashion
  • ensuring accountability and productivity of project leads through problem solving to maximize the quality and relevance of research outputs necessary to ensure success of the network

Potential benefits of the role include:

  • a chance to meaningfully shape the evolution of a multimillion dollar national clinical research program with a cutting-edge scientific program and demonstrated buy-in and involvement of the kidney community
  • opportunities to experience a collaborative peer-review process, working with multiple perspectives with an aim for impactful research
  • interacting with established clinical and translational nephrology researchers, patients and high level kidney care policy-makers across Canada and internationally

The ideal candidate would be a nephrologist and motivated senior kidney scientist with skills in clinical or translational research who has significant protected time for research. Excellent communication skills and a thoughtful and empathetic demeanor are key attributes. Interested candidates should contact Heather Harris ( by January 31st, 2019. A letter of interest, and curriculum vitae should be appended. Candidates will undergo an interview process and the successful candidate(s) will be chosen by the Can-SOLVE CKD executive team.

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