Expert Advisor, Data Science


The Partnership is seeking an exceptional individual to fill the position of Expert Advisor, Data Science.

This position will be a part-time appointment of approximately one-half day per week (.1 FTE), allowing the individual to maintain employment. This role is to guide the development and maintenance of the OncoSim model. The Partnership’s OncoSim microsimulation model is a decision support tool that has informed many cancer control policies across Canada. Using Canadian data and the best available evidence, the tool projects the future costs and benefits of various cancer control interventions and helps cancer agencies and programs by providing relevant information to support policy, practice, and resource allocation decisions at the jurisdictional level. OncoSim is also a key enabler of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, as it has been foundational to the efforts in implementing lung cancer screening across Canada. This position is part of the Cancer Systems, Performance and Innovation Division. The Division drives improvements in Canada’s cancer system through data, research, mathematical modelling and innovations.

To achieve the work of the refreshed Strategy, the Partnership engages with experts across the country as part of our advisory structure. These structures foster collaboration and deepen the involvement of a cross-section of cancer and health system experts, clinicians, health care providers, patients, and families across the organization. Advisory structures include individual contributing Expert Advisors who supply expertise to the Partnership in a specific area across the cancer control continuum in addition to the full spectrum of its work with several committees, networks, and other advisory structures. Expert advisors are recognized authorities in their respective areas who offer vision and oversight, working with staff and partners to leverage expertise, synthesize efforts and identify synergies within the Partnership’s broad portfolios. Together, our work is enriched through the involvement of those who devote their time, knowledge, expertise and points of view to further the Partnership’s mandate.

Overview of role

Expert advisors are recognized authorities in their respective areas who offer vision and oversight, working with staff and partners to leverage expertise, synthesize efforts and identify synergies within the Partnership’s broad portfolios. As a collective, this group provides advice and counsel across the organization, supporting implementation of strategic initiatives and driving the work forward. Expert Advisors work with the Partnership by providing their core areas of expertise and advice on certain projects the Partnership is engaged in. The Expert Advisor, Data Science will report to the Director, Research and Innovation and work closely with the Lead, Health Economics.

Responsibilities & activities

General accountabilities

  • Guide the development and maintenance of OncoSim to align with the Partnership’s goal in supporting the implementation of lung cancer screening and cervical cancer elimination and cancer prevention.
  • Provide guidance to the Partnership’s OncoSim team and model development team at Statistics Canada to keep OncoSim’s projections up to date with the latest data, improve modelling efficiency and make modelling projections more available. Examples include calibrating models to match the latest data in the Canadian Cancer Registry, developing metamodels for commonly asked policy questions and to power interactive apps.

Experience & qualifications

The ideal candidate would have the following experience, qualifications and skills:

  • PhD in applied mathematics, or equivalent advance degree in science, medicine, or related field.
  • An academic appointment and have demonstrated extensive knowledge and/or experience working with complex microsimulation models, developing metamodels for simulation models and calibrating complex mathematical models.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience applying artificial intelligence methods in calibrating mathematic models and optimizing the computational efficiency of complex models.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to facilitate dialogue and problem-solving.
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills.

Term of the contract

  • The successful candidate will be hired on a contract basis for a 1-year term from July 2022 – June 2023.
  • The incumbent will be able to commit on average 2 days per month, with an understanding that workload will vary depending on the phase of the work. The incumbent must be able to attend meetings with the Partnership and partners during business hours at a time mutually agreed upon.

Apply now

To apply, please forward your CV and cover letter combined in one file in Word or PDF format to:

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer thanks all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Details

Reports to:

Director, Research and Innovation


Remote. The Partnership’s head office is in downtown Toronto. Candidates can work anywhere in Canada.

Employment category:

12 month fixed term contract

Job level:

$120 - $140 per hour; Compensation offered will be based on an assessment of the candidate’s knowledge, skills, competencies and experience, while ensuring internal equity.

Posting date:

July 26, 2022

Closing date:

August 15, 2022