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Research Assistant: Road Traffic Injury, Active Transportation and COVID-19

Department: School of Occupational and Public Health
Position supervisor: Dr. Linda Rothman
Contract length: 1 year with potential for renewal
Hours of work per week: 36.25
Position type: Research Assistant
Rate of pay: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Immediate, until filled

About Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @TorontoMet (external link) , @TorontoMetHR (external link)  and @ECItorontomet (external link)  on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page (external link) .

About the Department and Team

The Research Assistant will join an established internationally renowned pan-Canadian team that has decades of experience collaborating on applied interdisciplinary research projects. The team is dedicated to research related to safe active transportation in Canadian cities, focusing on pedestrians and cyclists and the built environment. 

The position will be at the School of Occupational and Public Health which is a leader in injury and disease prevention education.  Our department is committed to excellence in teaching, relevant curriculum, innovative research and service to the community. Our graduates are industry leaders committed to protecting the health of people and their communities.

The Opportunity

This position is full-time for 1 year with potential for renewal, under the supervision of Dr. Linda Rothman. The main role of the research assistant will be to work on a large pan-Canadian study, involving researchers from Toronto Metropolitan  University, the Hospital for Sick Children, York University, University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University, BC Children’s Hospital, Public Health Ontario, Parachute and Institute National du la Researche Scientifique (INRS), Montreal.  The study will i) examine trends of road traffic injuries/deaths among pedestrians and cyclists, in relation to transportation modes changes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and ii) evaluate the effectiveness of roadway built environment interventions.  There also will be involvement in other studies related to road traffic injury and active transportation.

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the principal investigator with the organization of the project and data procurement
  • Communication with partners as needed (i.e. municipalities)
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Geospatial mapping
  • Knowledge translation activities
  • Scientific paper writing and presentations
  • Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, with a diverse range of training opportunities


  • Minimum of Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. Epidemiology, Geography, Public Health)
  • Multivariate statistics skills
  • Geospatial experience an asset
  • Highly organized
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Independent
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), and statistical programs (preferably SAS or R) 

How to apply

Please email your application to Dr. Linda Rothman at Applications should be submitted in PDF or word formats. In the subject line please indicate: “Application”.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only candidates who are invited to an interview will be contacted.

Toronto Metropolitan University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead for support during the selection process.