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Project Manager

Date: January 2016
Reports to (Job Title): Associate Professor
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): Research Assitants (Casual Staff)
Department: School of Public Health and Health Systems


Faculty of Applied Health Science


35 hrs/wk

Primary Purpose

The primary role of the incumbent will be to support the Principal Investigator (Dr. Hammond) with planning and implementation of his health-related research projects, including supervising other research staff, overseeing data collection activities, and analyzing and disseminating the research findings. The project manager is expected to work independently as well as collaboratively with the Principal Investigator and other staff to achieve the requirements of the research projects.

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Research and Evaluation

2.  Supervision and Mentorship of Research Assistants

3.  Knowledge Translation and Dissemination of Research Findings


Position Requirements


Thesis- or research-based Master’s Degree in health, social or behavioural sciences required.


3+ years of experience and training in survey research and project management in an academic setting is required, including supervision of research assistants; experience with interviewing and survey methods; planning and implementation of international research projects; management and cleaning of large datasets; and development of research ethics applications.  An extensive background in tobacco control policy and nutrition research, including packaging and health communications, nutrition labelling and obestity prevention is required, with an established publication record.  Previous experience conducting analyses using SPSS and/or SAS is required, with a working knowledge of relevant statistical concepts and methods. The position requires the ability to think critically and analytically, drawing upon a sound basis of population health research education and experience


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
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Advanced skills with Adobe Photoshop software and MS Office are required.

Previous experience with website maintenance and content writing is required.  

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

The position requires strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate research results and implications to a variety of audiences. The position also requires excellent organizational and problem solving skills, with a proven ability to take initiative, and follow through on assigned responsibilities.  

Level of Responsibility:

The job involves supervision of a small team of research assistants on a regular basis (typically 4 research assistants), and supervision of larger teams of research assistants during data collection periods (15-30 research assistants). The project manager is expected to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as collaboratively with the Principal Investigator and other staff to achieve the requirements of the research project(s).

Decision-Making Authority:

The project manager is expected to make decisions regarding delegation of work to the research assistants. The project manager is also expected to resolve issues related to data collection and cleaning protocols and analyses independently when possible, consulting with other staff and the Principal Investigator for more complex issues.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

There is a frequent need to give close attention to various stimuli such as data, written material and information given verbally to research assistants. The work is varied.  There are deadline pressures and a demand for thoroughness and accuracy. Research projects may have overlapping timelines. The ability to juggle and prioritize multiple simultaneous demands and projects is required

Working Environment:

This position primarily involves office work in a comfortable indoor area.  Time is spent at an ergonomically appropriate work station with suitable computing equipment and accessories.  There are frequent opportunities for meetings and interaction with co-workers. Extended hours and travel are occasionally required.