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Research Coordinator: Compassionate Community

We are currently recruiting a full time research coordinator for the Compassionate Community projet.


Background information

The Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership is dedicated to developing the science of patient and public partnership to improve the health care system. The Chair wishes to integrate into its team a research coordinator for a funded action research project (2018-2023) on compassionate communities.

Compassionate Community provides a health promotion approach to end-of-life care, capitalizing on a synergy between the strengths of the community and the health system. This action research project aims to co-construct, implement and evaluate in a participatory manner a compassionate community in the West Island and Centre-South of Montreal.


Roles and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the chairholder (Dr. Antoine Boivin) and in collaboration with the Chair team, the research coordinator will assume the following roles and responsibilities:

Coordinate the research activities of the Compassionate Community project;

  • Contribute to a literature review;
  • Prepare and carry out the various stages of data collection;
  • Prepare the data for analysis (e.g., data entry);
  • Contribute to the analysis of qualitative data and some quantitative analyses;
  • Contribute to the writing of reports and articles resulting from the project;
  • Support the project’s community partners in knowledge exchange activities;
  • Develop tools for knowledge translation and utilization.


Required profile

  • Graduate training (master’s or doctoral level) in health services research, public health, psychology, social sciences, humanities, or any other relevant discipline;
  • Experience in program evaluation and action research projects is an asset;
  • Excellent oral and written command of French and English;
  • Autonomy, organization, rigor, drive, and resourcefulness;
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management and problem-solving skills;
  • Experience with QSR NVivo qualitative data analysis software and SPSS statistical software is an asset.


Employment status

  • Job Title: Research Assistant or Research Officer
  • Schedule: 35 hours / week (full time)
  • Duration: 1 year (with the possibility of renewal)
  • Workplace: CHUM Research Centre
  • Salary: According to the CRCHUM salary scales, candidate’s training and experience
  • Expected start date of the contract: March 2020


How to apply

Candidates are asked to send their curriculum vitae and a letter of intent by e-mail to Ms. Geneviève Castonguay (, scientific manager, Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership. Indicate in your message that you are applying for the position of: Research Coordinator – Compassionate Community Project. The contact details of 2 references will be requested for candidates invited for an interview.



All documents must be received by Monday, February 3rd, 2020, before 4:30pm.



Master’s or Doctoral Scholarship: Compassionate Community

We are offering a master’s or doctoral start-up scholarship, within the Compassionate Community research project team.


Research project

For a majority of Canadians living with incurable illness, the end-of-life journey involves frequent transitions between home, community care, hospitals and specialized care facilities. However, the majority of palliative care in Canada remains focused on providing terminal care in healthcare institutions. The Compassionate Community model offers a public health perspective in palliative care, capitalizing on the synergy between the community and the health system. The Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership is conducting a funded action research project (2018-2023) involving a knowledge synthesis and participatory evaluation of two pilot compassionate communities in West Island and Centre-South territories of Montreal, in collaboration with the Montreal Institute of Palliative Care.

The funded MSc or PhD student will be integrated within the research team (including researchers and community partners across Canada and internationally) to build their research project in line with the objectives of the study. The student will be supervised by Dr. Antoine Boivin, Canada Research Chair in Partnership with Patients and the Public (Department of Family Medicine, Université de Montréal), with the possibility of co-supervision with a researcher from another department or university.


Important dates

Deadline for submission of the applicationContinuous assessment of applications received
Results announcement
Start of the awardBetween May and September 2020


Amount and duration of the award

Master’s: $ 17,500 (CND); PhD: $ 30,000 (CDN). These scholarships are for a period of one year (with the possibility of renewal).



  • Holds a bachelor’s (BSc) or master’s (MSc) degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., biomedical research, health research, epidemiology, social sciences, public health);
  • Registered in a research program of the University of Montreal (e.g., Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Arts and Sciences) or another university (e.g., PhD in Family Medicine).



  • Enrolled full-time in a master’s or doctoral program at the beginning of the award (no later than September 1st, 2020); and
  • Commit to apply for a scholarship from a recognized funding agency (e.g., FRQ, CIHR) in the fall 2020 competition.


Documents to provide

  1. A cover letter (max. 2 pages) indicating your academic background, your future career prospects, and the alignment between your research interests and the Chair’s scientific program as well as the objectives of the Compassionate Community project;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Official transcripts of the most recent program of study (bachelor’s or master’s).

The contact details of 2 references (including, for students submitting a doctoral application, the master’s supervisor) will be requested for candidates invited for an interview.


Evaluation criteria

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of merit, according to the following criteria:

  • Excellence of the academic record (training, awards, scholarships, scientific publications); and
  • Motivation of the candidate to pursue master’s or doctoral studies and a research career.


Please note

  • All applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt, but only those whose applications meet the selection criteria will be invited for an interview;
  • We do not commit to give a scholarship if the applications do not meet expectations;
  • Applications that do not meet the stated conditions will not be considered;
  • Applications may be submitted in French or English.


Submitting your application

The application files must be sent by e-mail to the CRCHUM, indicating in the subject line, as appropriate, “MSc – Compassionate Community” or “PhD – Compassionate Community” to Ms. Geneviève Castonguay (, scientific manager, Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership.

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