Project Coordinator/Research Associate – Parental leave

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to conduct and mobilize research that supports policy-makers, employers and workers in creating healthy, safe and inclusive work environments. The Institute provides practical and relevant findings and evidence-based products on the inter-relationships between work and health from worker, workplace and systems perspectives.

The Institute is currently seeking a qualified person to fill the position of Project Coordinator/Research Associate.

About the position

The successful candidate for this position will work with the project's principal investigator and a multidisciplinary team of scientists, collaborators, knowledge transfer and exchange associates, and other administrative positions to support an environmental scan looking at incentives-based approaches to support stay at work/return to work.

This is a full-time one-year contract hybrid position requiring a minimum of two days of work per week at the IWH offices, located in downtown Toronto.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

Project Coordinator/Research Associates are expected to work independently to identify and address challenges that may arise in the implementation and completion of both research and administrative activities associated with a particular project.

Job duties and responsibilities include:

  • Submit, review, revise, and gain approval for research protocols through relevant ethics boards.
  • Effectively communicate with study investigators as well as external groups involved in the research project. 
  • Provide administrative support to ensure the project documentation and associated activities are in-line with best practice and in accordance with relevant IWH policies.
  • Collaborate with the principal investigator and research operations staff to ensure the timely delivery and quality of study reports for research funding organizations.
  • Collaborate with knowledge transfer and exchange staff at IWH to effectively facilitate team meetings involving research and non-research stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development of research goals and the selection and development of appropriate study collection and analytical procedures.
  • Undertake other project specific administrative responsibilities (e.g., preparation and dissemination of detailed notes from study meetings) as directed by the principal investigator.
  • Review and assess relevant literature related to the topic area of the research study they are involved in, enabling them to provide input in research team discussions.
  • Assist in the planning of all aspects of data collection, including the implementation and coordination of all data collection activities, and the assembly and maintenance of associated documentation related to the study as directed by the principal investigator.
  • Support data collection and analysis activities under the direction of the principal investigator. Research associates should also contribute to the interpretation of results and in the preparation of materials for presentations, and the writing of publications and/or future grants related to the project findings. Research associates should ensure quality checks of study data and accuracy of study results are undertaken and reported.

This position has limited supervisory duties, but the incumbent will provide guidance and may check on the work of research administrative and research associates working on the project.

Education and experience

The successful applicant will have:

  • Masters degree in a relevant discipline and knowledge of evidence synthesis methods
  • Five or more years of experience in a research setting
  • At least three years of experience in a similar role (ideally related to project management)
  • Excellent multitasking and time-management skills, with the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Superior writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Well-developed ability to work both in a team environment and independently

Salary range

Salary will depend on qualifications and experience and will be in the range of $60,000.00 to $70,000.00 per year. Four weeks annual vacation and a group benefit plan round out the overall package. Suitability for the position will be assessed at three months.

Application details

Applicants must be legally entitled to work on full-time basis for any employer in Canada.

If you are interested in this position, please submit an application that must include a cover letter and resumé in a single MS Word or PDF file to:

Derek Wills
Director, Human Resources & Corporate Services
400 University Avenue, Suite 1800
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1S5

Applications will be accepted until March 29, 2024, 5:00 p.m. (EST) or until the position is filled.

IWH is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values and promotes diversity. IWH encourages applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous people, women, LGBTQ2S+ persons, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact Derek Wills at or (416) 927-2027, ext. 2115 to discuss their needs.

We thank all applicants, but only those considered for the position will be contacted.

About IWH

IWH, guided by a Board of Directors and an international Scientific Advisory Committee, conducts research that examines primary prevention and interventions in the workplace; effective and efficient rehabilitation and safe, timely return to work for people with work-related injury and illness; labour market experiences and their health consequences; and disability compensation systems and their behavioural consequences. IWH supports an active knowledge transfer and exchange program, which implements interactive strategies to transfer research findings to key decision-makers. IWH also trains and mentors the next generation of work and health researchers.

IWH is committed to excellent working conditions, a cooperative team environment for its employees, and transparent, diverse and fair recruiting practices of staff and trainees.

IWH operates with the support of the Government of Ontario.

Application deadline:

This opportunity is now closed.