Become a MSSU Scientist

We welcome the involvement of researchers in the Maritimes who are interested in patient-oriented research and evidence implementation. 

There are two categories of scientific membership: 

  • MSSU Associate Scientist (university)
  • MSSU Affiliate Scientist (non-university)

To apply, send your completed application form and a CV in a single PDF file to Sharon Skaling, MSSU Capacity Development Coordinator, sharon.skaling@nshealth.ca. We aim to process applications within 7-10 business days.

Membership will be renewed on an annual basis subject to good standing (see Membership Guidelines for details).

MSSU Associate Scientists

To be eligible for the Associate Scientist affiliation, applicants must:

  • Hold an academic appointment* at a university/affiliated research institution, or an appointment with research responsibilities at an affiliated hospital/research centre/institute in the Maritimes
  • Be eligible to independently hold grants and supervise trainees
  • Be engaged in patient-oriented, evidence implementation research
  • Show commitment to the research goals of MSSU

*Academic appointments include tenured or tenure-track, and limited-term appointments; clinical scientists, clinical faculty or other appointments approved by a senior official (i.e. CEO or VP Research). Adjunct and instructor appointments are not considered academic appointments.

Opportunities

MSSU Associate Scientists can:

  • Serve on MSSU Committees
  • Apply as a scientific lead for an MSSU Priority Project (Nova Scotia only)
  • Request a fee reduction for data access (10% up to $1,000)
  • Take advantage of opportunities for networking with decision-makers and other Maritime researchers
  • Choose to list their ‘MSSU Associate Scientist’ affiliation on their Curriculum Vitae for academic acknowledgement of contributions and affiliation

Additionally, there are funding opportunities available to eligible graduate students and early career professionals supervised by Associate Scientists: 

Researchers must apply for MSSU Associate Scientist status before their students apply for an MSSU Student Award.

Roles and Responsibilities

MSSU Associate Scientists take an active role in our community by:

  • Making meaningful contributions and participating in at least one MSSU activity per year, if asked. This could include, for example, joining an MSSU committee, contributing to peer review, or leading a training activity.
  • Acknowledging MSSU support or trainee funding, as applicable
  • Agreeing to be listed on the MSSU website (updated annually) and to receive regular updates by email

MSSU Affiliate Scientists

The MSSU Affiliate Scientist designation is a more flexible option designed for individuals who do not hold an academic appointment. To be eligible, applicants must still be engaged in patient-oriented, evidence implementation research and committed to the research goals of the MSSU, but they may be:

  • An affiliated member of a university/affiliated research institution, hospital/research centre/institute in the Maritimes, for example instructors, adjunct or emeritus faculty, OR
  • An administrator at a provincial, national, or international, government or non-governmental, organization, OR
  • A resident, postdoctoral fellow, or other senior trainee.

Opportunities

MSSU Affiliate Scientists can:

  • Serve on MSSU Committees 
  • Take advantage of opportunities for networking with decision-makers and other Maritime researchers
  • Choose to list the ‘MSSU Affiliate Scientist’ affiliation on Curriculum Vitae for academic acknowledgement of contributions and affiliation
  • Apply for the MSSU Associate Scientist affiliation upon renewal of their membership, if circumstances warrant (i.e. change in academic appointment status)

Roles and Responsibilities

MSSU Affiliate Scientists take an active role in our community by:

  • Making meaningful contributions to MSSU activities and contributing to at least one MSSU activity per year, if asked. This could include, for example, joining an MSSU committee, contributing to peer review, or leading a training activity.
  • Agreeing to be listed on the MSSU website (updated annually) and receive regular updates by email

Membership Guidelines

Membership will be renewed on an annual basis subject to good standing. To be in good standing, members must have actively contributed to the goals of MSSU, provided their updated information to the MSSU for the current academic year, and exhibited professional behaviour and ethical standards in the workplace.

Apply for membership

Please send your completed application form and a CV in a single PDF file to Sharon Skaling, MSSU Capacity Development Coordinator, sharon.skaling@nshealth.ca

Successful applicants will be offered the MSSU Associate Scientist or MSSU Affiliate Scientist designation based on which eligibility criteria they meet.  

Note: Your affiliation with the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit does not provide an affiliation with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or with the IWK Health Centre. If you are interested in an affiliation with NSHA, please visit their website. If you are interested in an affiliation with the IWK please contact Nadine Loppie, Credentialing Officer, IWK Health Centre, Nadine.Loppie@iwk.nshealth.ca.