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Freelance Contractors

Are you a medical writer, clinical expert, researcher, ethicist, information specialist, or a health economist interested in doing independent contract work with CADTH?

We have a periodic need for contractors with the qualifications and experience detailed in the list below.

You will see postings for specific opportunities as they arise. Please refer to the CADTH Career Opportunities section of our website for current vacancies. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected as potential contractors will be contacted.

Roles and Qualifications

Researchers for authoring CADTH reports

For all roles listed below it is important to have:

  • a clear writing style and an ability to translate complex medical issues into easy-to-understand language
  • a background in health sector research.

Environmental scan and Horizon scanning bulletin authors:

For this role CADTH is looking for researchers or medical writers with an aptitude for locating information in difficult-to-find places. This work may involve contacting federal, provincial, and territorial sources or industry for information that is not publicly available or published in traditional sources.

  • The minimum level of knowledge to perform these tasks is acquired through the completion of an undergraduate degree in a research-related health discipline, plus at least two to four years of health sector research experience.
    Assets include:
    • graduate degree in a health-related field
    • experience with survey design.

Rapid Response review authors

For this role, CADTH is looking for researchers to conduct rapid literature reviews on pharmaceuticals, medical devices, procedures, and other health technologies. It is important to have strong abilities in the critical appraisal of published scientific and medical literature, as well as the ability to meet tight timelines.

  • The minimum level of education to perform these tasks is a graduate degree in epidemiology, pharmacy, pharmacoepidemiology, health services research, or another health-related field.
  • The ability to draft reports and complete revisions within a short time frame, as well as same-day responsiveness to email are required.
    Other requirements include:
    • experience in critical appraisal of clinical evidence
    • strong analytical and critical thinking skills
    • an understanding of medical and scientific language, the principles of evidence-based medicine, and concepts of study design.

Systematic review and single drug review Oncology or CADTH Common Drug Review) clinical authors:

For this role CADTH is looking for researchers to conduct evidence-based analyses on pharmaceuticals, medical devices, procedures, and other health technologies and to prepare reports on the findings.

  • The minimum level of education required is a graduate degree in a health-related discipline, with a minimum of two to four years of research experience.
  • Training in epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as pharmacy experience (for pharmaceutical topics), are considered assets but are required for contractors where an analysis of complex network meta-analysis (NMA) studies is needed.
    Other requirements include:
    • experience in the critical appraisal of medical literature
    • an understanding of research principles and evidence-based medicine principles
    • an understanding of medical and scientific language, and concepts of experimental design
    • knowledge of the drug formulary decision-making process (for pharmaceutical topics).

Qualitative researchers (across report types) authors:

For this role CADTH is looking for researchers experienced with qualitative evidence syntheses as part of health technology assessments or rapid responses related to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, procedures, and other health technologies. This includes:

Other requirements include:

  • minimum level of knowledge required is normally acquired through a graduate degree in a social science or health-related discipline and two to four years’ experience conducting primary or secondary qualitative research.
    • experience in critical appraisal of qualitative health-related evidence
    • working knowledge of a range of qualitative data analysis techniques
    • understanding of rigour in qualitative research design and strategies to enhance rigour
    • understanding of the principles of evidence-based medicine and study design.

Health economists

For this role CADTH is looking for health economists that have experience in one or more of the following areas for drugs or health technologies:

  • critically appraising existing economic evaluations
  • designing and undertaking economic evaluations, budget impact analyses, and reviews of economic evidence
  • developing computer-based economic models for performing economic evaluations and budget impact analysis.
    • Minimum requirements include a graduate degree in economics, mathematics or equivalent, training in the economic evaluation of health technologies and a minimum of one to two years’ experience in health services research.
      Other requirements for the position include:
      • intermediate level skill in performing health economic and/or pharmacoeconomic analysis, skill in computer-based economic and statistical modelling, and solid analytical skills.

Medical information specialists

CADTH is looking for information specialists with experience analyzing research questions to develop and execute methodologically sound literature search strategies to find and manage relevant evidence from a variety of biomedical sources on a wide range of health technologies.

  • Minimum requirements include the completion of a master’s degree in Library Science or Library and Information Studies (professional Librarian designation) from an American Library Association accredited university, and three to five years’ experience in a health sciences library or related field.
    Other requirements for the position include:
    • ability to critically interpret research questions and translate them into search strategies for CADTH’s systematic reports and other complex projects
    • critical appraisal skills to assess study designs and retrieve relevant evidence
    • ability to analyze information needs and select appropriate information sources and evidence.

Clinical experts

CADTH needs clinical experts on an ongoing basis to ensure the rigour and scientific quality found in our research. Clinical experts participate in teleconferences to provide expert advice on research, they review CADTH drafts and may write sections of the reports as required.

  • The minimum level of knowledge that is acquired is found through a postgraduate degree in a health-related field and a specialization in a wide variety of medical specialties.