Research Manager / Post Doctoral Fellow: Global Mortality Studies (Toronto)

The Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR – is a non-profit and non-partisan organization associated with the University of Toronto and St Michael’s Hospital. CGHR’s mission is to lead high-quality public health research that advances global health for all, with particular attention to the world’s poorest populations. Its flagship project, the Million Death Study (MDS), is run in collaboration with the Government of India and documents causes of death across the country. The MDS lessons are now expanding to priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa under a new partnership called the Statistical Alliance for Vital Events (SAVE).

St. Michael Hospital (SMH – offers an excellent benefits package, and collegial, supportive work environment. CGHR is one of the outstanding global health units in the world, and offers a dynamic, challenging and rewarding experience in which the candidate will acquire substantial levels of globally-relevant skills. Past CGHR employees now work in leading organizations and academic centers in global health around the world.


We are looking for an experienced research manager or Post Doctoral Fellow to lead, manage, and execute epidemiological implementation research activities in sub-Saharan Africa and other low- and middle-income countries. The main task is to ensure successful implementation of the SAVE efforts in Sierra Leone, Mozambique, and Ethiopia. This position requires frequent travel outside of Canada. Graduating PhDs and Post Doctoral Fellows are invited to apply.


Preferred qualifications are as follows:

  • Masters or PhD (preferred) in a health related field. A MD/MBBS is a bonus but is not required if there is substantial experience working in public or community health.
  • 3+ years of experience in managing projects in low- and middle-income countries.
  • 3+ years of experience working with a range of stakeholders from donor agencies to national governments.
  • Experience writing research articles and conducting systematic reviews.
  • Experience in grant writing and submitting Research Ethics Board approvals is an asset.
  • Experience in managing and mentoring researchers and research teams.
  • Exposure to statistical languages and software is a plus.
  • Able to manage multiple priorities.
  • Good documentation and organizational skills, an eye for detail, and an understanding of the importance of accuracy/quality in scientific work.
  • Strong conceptual, organizational, project management and presentation skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to clearly explain technical concepts to non-technical staff.
  • Team-oriented and goal-focused.
  • Be able to work independently and with minimum supervision.
  • Knowledge of health care system, medical/ epidemiological terminology and ICD-10 classification would be an asset.
  • Previous exposure to mortality data collection or mortality statistics is an asset.
  • Understand quantitative methods as they apply to health information.
  • A strong interest in Global Health is necessary.


Details of the term and compensation will be negotiated.

  • The SAVE investments are expected to run for 3 years and likely renewed for longer-term. Hence this position will be for 2 years initially, with extension to years 3 or more possible.
  • Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Please submit a cover letter and CV to:

Centre for Global Health Research
St. Michael’s Hospital
30 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8

Please quote “Research Manager/PDF: Global Mortality Studies” in the subject line.

Deadline for applications: open until filled.

CGHR thanks all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. CGHR has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.


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