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Research Project Manager

Department: School of Occupational and Public Health
Position supervisor: Drs. Ian Young and Jordan Tustin
Contract length: To start as early as April 2024, for a period of 1-year with possible extension for another year depending on performance
Hours of work per week: 36.25
Position type: Full-time, temporary, hybrid and flexible working arrangement
Rate of pay: $65,000 - 75,000 annually (commensurate with skills and experience)

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.

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The Opportunity

The research team, led by Drs. Ian Young and Jordan Tustin of the School of Occupational and Public Health, Toronto Metropolitan University, is conducting a national cohort study to investigate the burden of recreational water illness from swimming and other activities at beaches in Canada. The study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The position will involve coordination and management of the study activities along with the Principal Investigators and other team members at TMU and several governmental health authorities and institutions across Canada. The Research Project Manager will be involved in various concurrent research projects, data collection, report writing, student training and co-supervision, preparing presentations, organizing team and stakeholder meetings, coordination of logistics in the field, and other related activities.


  • Manage and coordinate a national beach cohort study and related recreational water quality studies conducted by the research team.
  • Coordinate central project start-up activities, such as ethics approvals and agreements with third-party vendors (e.g., laboratory, supplies).
  • Prepare and finalize study documents, including training manuals, data collections tools, and reports.
  • Lead coordination of activities at participating field sites, including student hiring and training, organizing recruitment schedules, and shipping study materials and equipment.
  • Liaise with regional partners and field site teams, including managing students, participant recruitment processes, and communications and problem-solving of any issues or needs.
  • Assist with human resource and financial reporting processes.
  • Organize regular research team and stakeholder meetings, including preparing presentations, minutes, and other materials as needed.
  • Assist in preparing grant proposals and manuscripts.
  • Co-supervise students and other research trainees.


Key qualifications required:

  • Master’s degree in public health or a related field (e.g., health sciences, population health, epidemiology)
  • Experience with research project management or coordination
  • Experience writing and editing research project materials and manuscripts
  • Familiarity with research design and conduct in public health
  • Familiarity with survey software, MS Office Suite, data analysis software, and event planning tools
  • Excellent communication (writing and oral), interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work effectively independently and in teams
  • High level of attention to detail and highly adaptable to changing circumstances
  • Excellent work ethic and time management skills, including the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and coordinate multiple project priorities simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with and coordinate multiple partners/team members on project objectives, priorities, and deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and solve problems, exercise independent judgment, and take necessary actions
  • Knowledge of epidemiology, public health, water quality, and/or water-borne illness is an asset
  • Experience with data management, including data entry and quality assurance, is an asset

How to apply

To apply, please email Dr. Ian Young ( with the subject heading “2024 Research Project Manager” and include a cover letter, copy of your resume/CV, and contact information for two references. The cover letter should explain how candidates meet the key position requirements, with examples provided. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview or further information.

These roles will be advertised until all positions are filled. We will begin reviewing applications on April 7, 2024 and then will review applications on a rolling basis. 

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. If you are an Indigenous applicant and require support during the recruitment process, please reach out to James McKay, Indigenous HR Lead at
  • Toronto Metropolitan University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and aims to ensure that independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity are embedded in all aspects of the university culture.
  • We will provide an accessible experience for applicants, students, employees, and members of the Toronto Metropolitan University community. We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the recruitment process. If you have restrictions that need to be accommodated to fully participate in any phase of the recruitment process, please reach out to to Human Resources: 
  • All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.