Job Opportunities

TITLE: Engage Toronto Research Coordinator
SITE: HIV Prevention Lab, Ryerson University
SUPERVISORS: Dr. Trevor Hart, Len Tooley

1.0          JOB SUMMARY

Working under the Nominated Principal Investigator (Dr. Hart), and the National Team Coordinator (Mr. Tooley), the Research Coordinator assists with the data collection and implementation of the Toronto site of a national cross-sectional study of HIV and STI prevalence and recent infection among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.  This study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network.  The study has biomedical, questionnaire, and qualitative interview components.  The position will be full time for 1 year, with possible renewal pending additional research funding.

2.0          DUTIES

  • Conducts day to day operations of the study office in the HIV Prevention Lab at Ryerson University, including staffing the study office, working with other study staff, and interacting with study participants
  • Conducts participant recruitment and data collection for the questionnaire and interview parts of the study
  • Assists the Nominated Principal Investigator and the National Team Coordinator with completing and amending institutional research ethics protocols and preparing grant applications
  • Administers the study according to research protocol and ensures study records, including medical results, are maintained properly
  • Completes training and implements procedures in collecting, processing, handling and shipping of medical samples, including throat and rectal swabs, urine samples, and blood specimens
  • Orders medical and other supplies and assures supplies are available as needed
  • Assists in the preparation of manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and PowerPoint presentations
  • Serves as liaison with research investigators and collaborators
  • Plans and coordinates events for the study
  • Hires and trains study personnel and volunteer research assistants when necessary
  • Schedules study personnel and participants
  • Performs other study and administrative duties as required
  • Lab hours include evening and weekend times


3.1          Education, Training and Experience
  • At minimum, completion of a Bachelor’s degree in health sciences, health administration, psychology, or related disciplines
  • Two years of related professional experience in a healthcare, social service, or health research setting
  • Experience in organizing/coordinating research projects and/or grant based programs
  • Data collection experience, preferably using electronic questionnaire administration
  • Knowledge and/or experience regarding issues and concerns of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men
3.2          Skills and Abilities
  • Some knowledge of epidemiology, public health, psychology, health services, or related fields
  • Knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively handle confidential matters and materials
  • Proficiency and experience using Microsoft Office software
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate clearly and effectively in person and by telephone; tact, diplomacy, and flexibility in dealing with research subjects, research staff, and faculty investigators
  • Ability to learn and use training in procedures, including handling and processing of blood samples that are collected by the study nurse (training will be provided)
  • Deadline and detail oriented
  • Ability to follow directions reliably

To apply, please email Len Tooley ( and Julia Vernon ( your application, including a cover letter and CV. If you are invited for an interview, we will also ask you for the names and contact information of 2 people who could comment on your skills and suitability for the position. The deadline for receipt of applications is June 30th, 2017.

We thank all applicants, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty, staff and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.