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Research Associate

Evidence for Democracy (E4D), Canada’s leading science advocacy non-profit, seeks a Research Associate to conduct research to advance evidence-informed decision-making in Canada.

About the Job

We are seeking a full-time Research Associate who will work on a number of E4D research projects related to evidence-informed decision-making, government transparency, and scientific integrity. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable about science policy in Canada, able to quickly dive into new projects, is familiar with research design and analysis, and possesses strong written and oral communication skills. An understanding of the government policy-making process in Canada is an asset.

Evidence for Democracy (E4D) is Canada’s leading voice for science, evidence-informed public policy, and transparent decision-making. Since launching in 2012, E4D has built a national reputation as a non-partisan and non-profit organization promoting the transparent use of evidence in public policy and decision-making. E4D leads independent research, skills training and issues-based campaigns to foster public and political demand for science.

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Scope of Work

With supervision and guidance from the Executive Director, the Research Associate is responsible for carrying out research projects and activities over the course of the one-year position (with the possibility of an extension), including the following:

1. Evaluating the transparency of evidence use in government decision-making:

 In our ongoing Eyes on Evidence series, E4D has applied a transparency framework (adapted from the United Kingdom) to assess the transparency of evidence usage in over 200 policies issued by governments across the Canadian federation. Building on findings from this series, this research project will involve developing a toolkit containing best practices to improve transparency in ways that are practical to both policy-makers and citizens as end users.

2. Safeguarding scientific integrity:

Challenges around scientific integrity continue to persist in Canada, some of which E4D recently highlighted in the Perspectives on Scientific Integrity in 2023 blog series. The Research Associate will contribute to ongoing and emerging work, including efforts to track, evaluate, and make recommendations on scientific integrity provincially, federally, and internationally.

3. Analysis of developments in the Canadian science policy landscape:​

This will involve analyzing recent science policy developments, such as evaluating progress on science and research-related issues, tracking the work of parliamentary committees, and supporting issue-based campaigns. The Research Associate will also develop and deliver public policy training to empower the research community, and share insights and commentary through opinion pieces and speaking engagements.

For these projects, with support from E4D staff and project advisors, the Research Associate will be expected to:

  • Conduct background research, including working with stakeholders and partners;
  • Ensure projects have clear work plans;
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data;
  • Organize and report findings to E4D staff;
  • Lead in writing final reports.
The Research Associate will also prepare material for speaking engagements and training sessions, as well as assist with grant proposals, as needed.


  • Demonstrated proficiency in research project design, execution and analysis (thesis-based Masters or PhD preferred);
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, including communication to a non-scientific audience;
  • Independent, self-motivated, problem-solver, and able to work with a team;
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, quickly changing work environment;
  • Strong time management skills, with the ability to set priorities;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the science, policy, and research landscape in Canada;
  • Ability to work in Canada (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident);
  • Experience and a proven record in a policy research or research-based advocacy is an asset, especially in government; and
  • Fluency in French is an asset.


While the E4D office is located in Ottawa, Ontario, this position offers the flexibility for hybrid/remote work. Occasional travel may be required. 


We offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience (scale: $48,000-$52,000). This is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week).

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references by email with “Research Associate” in the subject to The application deadline is October 13, 2023, or until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Evidence for Democracy is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and women.