Scientific Advisor


Alzheimer Society of Canada


Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and CV, in confidence, no later than 4:30 p.m. EST on Monday, 11 February 2013, to


The scientific advisor works within the Alzheimer Society's federated structure and collaborates closely with provincial partners, AS colleagues and external partners (including Canadian and international scientists and researchers) to provide timely interpretation (e.g., background information, commentary, and opinion) relating to dementia research. Ultimately, the scientific advisor will serve to improve the Alzheimer Society of Canada's ability to interpret and promote research within the ASC/AS Federation, to stakeholders, the media, and the public. In carrying out his or her work, the scientific advisor recognizes that the diversity of dementia research is best represented by the authoritative expertise of an equally diverse and representative group of researchers and clinicians (i.e., research ambassadors).

  • Develops and manages the ASC Research Ambassador program.
  • Acts as an organization-based knowledge broker, to facilitate the advancement of ASC/AS Federation practice (including in information, support, education, fund development, and marketing and communications), by interpreting and disseminating research information relating to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
  • Acts as an ASC/AS Federation media spokesperson on research-related issues relating to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
  • Acts as resource to ASC/AS Federation on research-related issues relating to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and research in general.


  • Graduate degree in science or health-related discipline (Ph.D. preferred).
  • Ten (10) years of experience in a health research environment, with a preferred emphasis on Alzheimer's disease and/or other dementias.
  • Significant experience in an organization closely aligned with, and focused on, scientific advancements.
  • Experience working within complex organizations with multiple stakeholders.
  • Experience communicating complex research topics to a diverse audience.
  • Media experience, including television, radio and print interviews.
  • Clinical experience is preferred, but not required.
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
  • Pre-eminent knowledge of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, including biomedical, quality of life, clinical, and other aspects of the disease(s).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of scientific research and studies throughout the research community.
  • Sophisticated relationship-building, networking, and negotiating skills.
  • Fluent bilingualism (written, verbal, comprehension) is strongly preferred.
  • Strong skills in consensus-building and persuasion, with the ability to effect and influence change.
  • Established network of relationships with the relevant scientific/research community, on a local, national, and international basis is preferred.