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Head of Knowledge Translation

Department: Centre for Contact Lens Research (CCLR) Effective Date: May 31, 2012

USG 10

35 hr/wk

Reports to: Head of Clinical Operations, CCLR

General Accountability

The mission of the Head of Knowledge Translation (HKT) is to leverage CCLR’s expertise, international reach, relationship with local eye care professionals, and proximity to a diverse pool of end-users (patients) in developing and directing the activities of a Knowledge Translation (KT) arm, to complement the CCLR’s research activities. These activities will encompass knowledge flow in two directions:

Working both within and parallel to the CCLR’s research arm, the primary activities of the HKT will be to:

The HKT primarily works independently with overall direction from the Director and guidance from the Head of Clinical Operations of the CCLR. Specific research activities will be managed by the Head of Clinical Operations.

Nature and Scope

The CCLR is a semi-autonomous unit located in the School of Optometry and Vision Science.  The primary function of the CCLR has been to conduct clinical and laboratory research on contact lenses, contact lens wear and the ocular surface. Funding for this research has mainly come from the contact lens industry, a source that is unpredictable for multiple reasons, including ongoing consolidation and mergers between companies. Consequently, the CCLR needs to expand its potential sources for funding opportunities.

Knowledge Translation (KT), a process in which research is translated for use in evidence-based practice, has occurred within the CCLR in some format for several years, but has been markedly underdeveloped in the CCLR’s portfolio. The CCLR has the scientific and clinical expertise to develop KT projects, but without someone to direct these activities as a whole, they remain singular projects that add little strategic value to the CCLR.

The HKT is responsible for:

The HKT will also be responsible for keeping up with new developments in research, KT projects initiated by other organizations, and the current and ongoing needs and interests of the eye care profession.

Statistical Data

The CCLR currently has an operating budget in excess of $4 million and completes at least 35 studies per year.  Often there are 15 to 20 studies being conducted simultaneously.  The CCLR is currently housed in a 5,000 sq ft facility and supports the following:

              8 faculty members

              19 research personnel

              14 staff members

              10 graduate students

              Numerous co-op and undergraduate students

In addition to internal School of Optometry and University of Waterloo departments/personnel, the CCLR is currently associated with most of the leading international contact lens companies as well as other academic institutions involved in contact lens research.  It maintains a database of at least 3,000 potential study participants with approximately 2,000 participants enrolled in various studies annually.

Specific Accountabilities

The following are the HKT’s specific roles and responsibilities:


1.Manager: Knowledge Translation 

2.Lead: qualitative research

3.Editor/writer: research documentation

4.Lead: industry-focused promotion

5.Advisor: local promotion and community outreach

Working Conditions

This position is largely independent, with a need to follow strict, tight and conflicting deadlines in addition to occasional travel and work outside of typical office hours. This will include national and international travel to various meetings.