Research Project Manager, Resilience Research Centre

Education, Environment, General Management, Oil and Gas, Other, Social Sciences

Dalhousie University

Halifax City, Nova Scotia


POSTING DATE: January 9, 2017
CLOSING DATE: Upon position being filled

Research Project Manager
Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University



The Resilience Research Centre (RRC), is an international group of scholars, practitioners and policy makers from more than 20 countries who together collaborate on research and knowledge mobilization projects. Over the last 10 years the Centre has received over $8,000,000 in research funding for mixed methods studies from national funders and helped its overseas partners secure large amounts of funding from domestic and international granting agencies.

The RRC, based at Dalhousie University and under the direction of Dr. Michael Ungar, is looking for an individual with the skills to manage a large study involving youth in two regions of Canada and two parts of South Africa. The project focuses on biological, psychological, social and environmental resilience in relation to oil and gas production and climate change. The position involves coordinating all research activities for a large international team of community partners, academics, representatives from the oil and gas industry and policy makers. The position is based in Halifax with expectations that the manager will travel to the Canadian research sites annually.


  • Coordinate all phases of the research from community integration to research activities and knowledge mobilization. The ideal candidate will be comfortable in a complex fast paced research environment and competent with qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • Coordinate and facilitate national and international meetings and conferences for community and research team members and youth advisors.
  • Oversee multiple knowledge mobilization activities.
  • In collaboration with the project’s Co-applicants, work with advisory committees in each host community to ensure the research is carried out in a culturally sensitive way.
  • Oversee website management and design.
  • Coordinate training activities for student interns.
  • Coordinate ethics applications, evaluation of the project (documents, meetings, etc.), annual reporting, and maintain the budget.
  • Assist with advertising and screening graduate student and postdoctoral fellows; assist with staffing at the community level positions for young people.
  • Monitor the implementation of all phases of the research, including qualitative and quantitative data collection, environmental testing, biological sampling, etc.
  • Assist with other research activities of the Resilience Research Centre and its partner organizations as required.

Qualifications: Masters program in a related field of study (psychology, sociology, environmental science, human geography, social work, anthropology, etc.) along with at least 3-5 years’ experience including a proven track record of project management and research/evaluation (or an equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Competence working cross-culturally is a must. Demonstrated understanding of mixed methods research, community organizing, team coordination and knowledge mobilization. Experience conducting library research using on-site and on-line resources. Understanding of risk and resilience issues and demonstrated sensitivity to work with youth and young adults.

Status: 1 year (full time) Term position (eligible for annual renewal for up to 5 years.
Pay Scale: Based on qualifications (with a potential starting of $55,000 plus benefits).
Start Date: Immediate

Note: Incumbent will be required to travel frequently nationally and on occasion internationally.

Deadline for application: Open until position is filled.

Interested parties should forward a cover letter, current CV and contact information of 2-3 references to:         

Amber Raja
Administrator, Resilience Research Centre
School of Social Work
Dalhousie University


Applications will be reviewed as they are received. We thank all applicants, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit