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Department: Population Health Research Group Effective Date: August, 2007
Grade: USG 10 Reports to: Project Directors and the Principal Investigators of the Population Health Research Group (PHR)

General Accountability

The Project Coordinator is accountable to the Project Directors and the Principal Investigators of the Population Health Research Group (PHR). The incumbent is responsible for coordination of all aspects of the implementation of one or more research projects, for making substantive contributions to scientific papers and research proposals, and for participation in the overall management of PHR.

Nature and Scope

The Organization

PHR has provided staff and research support to a growing group of health researchers largely based at the University of Waterloo.  Since 1978, the research conducted by PHR investigators and staff has been recognized nationally and internationally for excellence, innovation and impact.  The majority of our efforts have been related to smoking prevention and cessation, heart health, and cancer prevention.  Our primary funding sources have included the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the National Institutes of Health (U.S.), Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Investigators and staff work in partnership with public health units, school boards, federal, provincial and local governments, non-government health organizations, and health professionals to plan, conduct, and disseminate research.  We have close ties with the Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation (CBRPE) funded by the Canadian Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute of Canada.  PHR is also an active partner in the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and the Program Training and Consultation Centre of the Ontario Tobacco Strategy.  Finally, PHR is a member of the UW Centre for Applied Health Research.


PHR is subcontracted by the UW Survey Research Centre (SRC) to assist with the running of a telephone survey centre.  PHR is responsible for programming surveys and monitoring data.


PHR is directed by Drs. Steve Brown (Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science) and Paul McDonald (Department of Health Studies and Gerontology).  Additional leadership and support is provided by two dozen staff including an Associate Director; Project Coordinators, Data Analysts, Project Managers, Computer Programmers and Data Managers, Administrative Assistants, and several graduate and undergraduate students. 


Major Challenges of the Position


The position requires proven interpersonal and liaison skills to communicate clearly and succinctly with several Investigators drawn from both UW and other institutions, staff, funding agencies and government and community organizations.  Co-ordination among multiple projects, sites and investigators is required.


The Project Coordinator, as part of PHR’s Management Group, will contribute to overall planning for and management of PHR and its projects.


The incumbent will be expected to contribute to the research agenda of PHR, by making presentations at scientific meetings, and participating in writing scientific papers and grant proposals.

Statistical Data

Project awards to Population Health Research Group in 2006-2007 totaled approximately $1.5 million across a number of grants and contracts of varying sizes. The budget covers payroll for 20 full time equivalent staff plus casual staff and graduate students.  PHR is in the midst of significant growth.  Funding in 2008-2009 is anticipated to exceed $2 million, with a concomitant increase in personnel.  Equally important is that the profile of our work has been increasing.  We expect to work with several other major international research groups in the next year. 

Specific Accountabilities

Working Conditions