Want to be part of uncovering the science behind healthy and equitable cities?
INTERACT is actively recruiting trainees to contribute to high impact research projects at the nexus of urban planning and population health. Join our team and help to propel Canada forward as a leader in evaluating the health impact of changes in urban form.
In partnership with cities and citizens, INTERACT is harnessing big data to deliver timely public health intelligence on the influence of real world urban form interventions on health, wellbeing, and social inequalities––generating local evidence and action to advance the design of smart, sustainable, and healthier cities for all. Mentoring and training graduate students, researchers, and practitioners is a core aspect of this mission. The INTERACT Trainee Program provides graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows with advanced training opportunities in population health intervention research, and opportunities for engagement with leading researchers and decision-makers across Canada. The program is training highly qualified personnel in GISc, GPS, accelerometry, epidemiology, statistics, and qualitative and mixed methods, all of which are critical to urban form intervention research.
Who is an INTERACT trainee?
An INTERACT trainee is motivated, curious, and collaborative. A trainee may be a graduate student or a post-doctoral fellow. Each INTERACT trainee is mentored and supervised or co-supervised by an INTERACT principal investigator or co-investigator. Trainees are embedded into a local team, with the opportunity to be part of an expert team that focuses on technology, GIScience, analytics, mixed methods, and knowledge mobilization.
What type of trainees are there?
There are two types of INTERACT trainees:
- Core trainees are funded by INTERACT for their thesis work. The dissertation or thesis of core trainees should be highly relevant to INTERACT’s research objectives. Funding for core trainees may come directly from INTERACT or from external sources. Core INTERACT trainees are expected to apply for external grant funding during their tenure as INTERACT trainees (e.g. CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC, FRQS, but also internal funding for conferences and travel).
- Small grant project-based trainees may receive funding (up to $5,000) for a specific task or project (e.g., performing a literature review, writing a paper, organizing an event). These students will be hired as research assistants at their respective universities.
What are the benefits?
Becoming an INTERACT trainee comes with
- Collaboration and mentorship
- Leadership opportunities
- Conference support
- Publishing support
- Trainee-specific meetings
- Presentations at INTERACT summits and events
How can I apply for external funding?
The CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC and FRQS provide funding to trainees. Once a trainee’s INTERACT application is accepted, mentors can offer support for external funding.
INTERACT is actively recruiting trainees interested in the following areas:
- Transportation Mode Detection
- Qualitative Research
- Quantitative Urban Geography
- Public Health Research
- Implementation Science