Expert Advisor, Lung cancer and tobacco simulation


The Partnership is seeking an exceptional individual to fill the position of Expert Advisor, lung cancer and tobacco simulation.

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, maintenance and knowledge mobilization efforts 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 the 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, lung cancer and tobacco simulation will report to the Director, Research and Innovation and work closely with the Lead, Health Economics.

Responsibilities & activities

General accountabilities

  • Guide the maintenance of OncoSim-Lung model to align with the Partnership’s goal in supporting lung cancer screening initiatives and preventing cancers (such as through tobacco control).
  • Stay informed of new developments of work related to lung cancer screening and tobacco control and connect with national and international leaders to contribute broad new thinking to the Partnership’s work and strategic direction in these related areas.
  • Work with the Partnership’s OncoSim team and model development team at Statistics Canada and provide guidance on approaches to the models to ensure the alignment with overall objectives of the initiative.
  • Work with the OncoSim team to assist with analysis, including reviewing and providing feedback on OncoSim analysis plans, and reviewing inputs and results.
  • Act as an external ambassador for the OncoSim-Lung model by promoting the model to other scientists, and establishing and maintaining collaborations with scientists working in relevant areas (lung cancer screening and tobacco control).
  • Provide expert opinion to the Partnership on related initiatives, and when requested, to speak on the OncoSim-Lung model’s behalf on relevant areas at scientific meetings.

Experience & qualifications

  • PhD in epidemiology, applied mathematics, public health or equivalent advance degree in science, medicine, or related field.
  • An academic appointment and have demonstrated extensive knowledge and/or experience working with lung cancer and tobacco simulation.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and achievements.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to facilitate dialogue and problem-solving amongst multidisciplinary groups.
  • Proven ability to chair expert advisory committees.
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience or expertise in health equity and/or improving equitable access to cancer services for those who historically experienced disparities in cancer care in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis is considered an asset.
  • Bilingual in both English and French is an asset.

Term of the contract

  • The successful candidate will be hired on a contract basis for a 2-year term from July 2022 – June 2024.
  • 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