Centre Scientist

A ‘Centre Scientist’ is an individual who devotes a substantial amount, two or more days per week, of her or his time to leading an area of programmatic research and playing a leadership and mentoring role in CERI activities. The protected time results from a negotiated agreement with the individual’s home department in the form of, for example, release from teaching or other departmental responsibilities to allow for focused research activity. It is expected that a Centre Scientist holds a PhD in a field relevant to their program of research. The Centre Scientist designation will be determined in consultation with the relevant Faculty Dean/Associate/Vice Dean or Department/Division Chair/Chief.

How do I become a Centre Scientist?

  • Centre Scientists are typically hired into a scientist role at CERI.
  • Alternately, members of the CERI Community may become a Centre Scientist through invitation based on their programmatic research, expertise, and demonstrated leadership within the CERI community.
  • Centre Scientists have demonstrated records of research activity and success.
  • Centre Scientist status will be reviewed regularly, likely every three years, by the CERI Directors in consultation with the relevant Faculty/Departmental leaders.

What is expected of a Centre Scientist?

  • Participate in Centre events such as knowledge translation rounds, colloquia, and annual research conference.
  • Disseminate their research locally, nationally and internationally through knowledge translation rounds, colloquia, CERI annual research conference, conferences, and publications.
  • Collaborate with other CERI Researchers and Scientists on shared interests.
  • Lead a program of research relevant to CERI.
  • Support the CERI community by acting as peer reviewers for abstracts, grants, and papers; sharing copies of successful grants and other related activities.
  • Provide supervision, mentorship, and consultation to junior members/novice researchers who engage with the CERI community.
  • Engage in supervision and/or teaching of the Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) - Canada program.
  • Contribute administrative activities as needed, such as planning research seminars or scholarly rounds, sitting on committees, supervising graduate students and summer research students.
  • Serve as a liaison between CERI and the other scholarly communities that they are affiliated with.
  • Report their education research activities annually.  It is expected that their work will be peer-reviewed, publicly disseminated, and will provide a platform that others can build upon.

How will it serve me/my community?

  • Opportunities to participate in a scholarly community interested in education research (e.g., present and engage in research seminars, scholarly rounds, and other research-related activities)
  • Opportunities to receive high-level mentoring and peer review of their research.
  • Departments will benefit from the significant knowledge and expertise developed by Centre Scientists in ways that serve those in their units interested in undertaking education research.
  • Access to working space at CERI.
  • Access to administrative support (e.g., managing grant budgets)
  • Access limited travel funds for approved conference activities per annum, (based on availability, negotiated annually).