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Project Manager - Waterborne Pathogens
University of Guelph

Date Posted May 15, 2024
Title Project Manager - Waterborne Pathogens
University University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, Canada
Department School of Environmental Sciences
Application Deadline Jun. 15, 2024
Position Start Date available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
    Research Professor
  • Environmental Sciences/Ecology/Forestry
    Biology - Molecular
    Biology - Microbiology

Reporting to the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Waterborne Pathogens: Surveillance, Prediction and Mitigation the Project Manager will manage the research program and related projects conducted in the School of Environmental Sciences.

The CERC program will provide integrated solutions for pathogen surveillance, prediction and treatment. It will design, optimize and validate technologies that can, almost in real-time, detect pathogens and their sources, with an emphasis on systems that are easy to use, low-cost, open-source and open hardware, enabling their adoption in all parts of the globe. It will develop modelling tools that can represent the sources, fate and transport of pathogens and the risks they pose. Finally, low-cost, green infrastructure treatment systems will be developed and used to reduce pathogen risks during agricultural use, water-based recreation, or consumption.

Responsibilities of the successful candidate will include:

  • In conjunction with principal investigator and other collaborators, conceptualizes, recommends, and implements research project plans, business plans, and EDI plan requiring an understanding of the underlying scientific methods and principles and principles of equity diversity, and inclusion. 
  • Seeks new research opportunities and helps in the development of new projects and proposals
  • Develops collaborations and partnerships with other partners, ensure effective research transfer, plays a major role in research collaborations with industry, providing consultation, setting up research trials, negotiating funding support
  • Coordinates the activities of research staff and resources to ensure that projects progress in accordance with timelines and project plans
  • Troubleshoots problems at all stages of project development and implementation; Assisting other researchers with modifying project plans and/or timelines to address challenges
  • Provides financial management by implementing and maintaining research project budgets, often working with multiple research grants and funding sources; Creates financial projections and makes adjustments to research project budgets throughout the year
  • Manages research grants in accordance to university and sponsor requirements, ensuring budgetary and EDI plans are followed and grant/contract guidelines are adhered to
  • On behalf of the principal investigator, responsible for human resources management of research staff, and for creating a maintaining a culture of inclusion in the workplace;
  • Responsible for designing and conducting equitable recruitment and hiring processes, training, mentoring, and supervising research staff, conducting training sessions,  managing work performance, and mediating and addressing conflict.

The candidate will require experience in water-related research and have at minimum a Master of Science degree, with a preference for completion of a Doctor of Philosophy, in a related field, including Molecular Microbiology, Civil or Electrical Engineering, or Environmental Sciences. The candidate should also have three years of experience in project management.  Knowledge and experience integrating EDI principles into project management would be considered an asset.


Classification               Grant/ Trust fund position, Band P05
GTP Professional/Managerial Salary Bands

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

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Contact Information

  • David McCarthy
    School of Environmental Sciences
    University of Guelph
    Guelph, ON


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