Project Manager, GIRMOS

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, December 21, 2020
Archive Date: 
Monday, January 25, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Toronto
Department Name: 
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Job Announcement Text: 

About us:
The Faculty of Arts & Science is the heart of Canada’s leading university and one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in the world. The strength of Arts & Science derives from our combined teaching and research excellence in the humanities, sciences and social sciences across 29 departments, seven colleges and 46 interdisciplinary centres, institutes and programs.

We can only realize our mission with the dedication and excellence of engaged staff and faculty. The diversity of opportunities and perspectives within the Faculty reflect the local and global landscape and the need for curiosity, innovative thinking and collaboration. At Arts & Science, we take pride in our legacy of innovation and discovery that has changed the way we think about the world.

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics is one of the leading research centres for astronomy in Canada. Located at one of the top research universities, our institute retains reputable faculty, students and staff, all of whom are committed to innovation, public outreach and cutting-edge research. Our institute’s field of research covers a multitude of subject matter across the universe, such as galaxy evolution and dark energy. We are dedicated to making our education, training, and activities pleasant and welcoming for all.

Your opportunity:
Under the direction of the Project Lead at the Dunlap Institute, the incumbent acts as the project manager for the Gemini Infrared Multi-Object Spectrograph (GIRMOS) project. GIRMOS is a national multi-institutional project that will deploy a cutting-edge scientific capability at the Gemini-North Observatory, which is one of the world's largest optical telescopes. GIRMOS leverages the latest advances in optical instrumentation, e.g. adaptive optics and integral field spectroscopy, to enable breakthrough scientific programs. Furthermore, its strong technology development program will put its team in a leadership position to build similar highly sought after capabilities at future extremely large optical telescopes.

The incumbent is responsible for the full project management cycle including not limited to project planning, project implementation and project reporting.

This is a 2 year term position with possibility of renewal.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Assessing needs and contributing to the planning of research goals
  • Developing project schedules including milestones, critical path, timelines, deliverables and reporting
  • Implementing project plans
  • Tracking project progress
  • Conducting risk assessment for projects
  • Preparing service contracts and invoices using templates
  • Liaising with staff on the production of institutional impact/progress reports for government sponsors
  • Directing a small group in a limited areas including responsibilities for scheduling and/or workflow

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering or science or equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience.
  • Minimum five years recent andrelevant in project management in managing engineering or related research projects, including strategic planning and reporting, project implementation, evaluation, budget and grant management, procurement, and meeting logistics.
  • Experience in providing direction and creating work plans to ensure project milestones are met
  • Experience with Earned Value Analysis
  • Extensive experience in the application of project management and in using project management software tools in a R&D environment
  • Significant experience in developing and managing effective working relationships between stakeholder organizations including technical groups, observatories, and grant agencies
  • Significant experience in risk management techniquesin highly technical projects
  • Proficient in using project planning tools, for example, MS project.
  • Extensive knowledge of project management theory, procedures and practices and project management software tools.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Windows (office) and Mac.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, time-management and problem-solving skills with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks at the same time.
  • Good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to exercise a high level of tact, discretion and sensitivity
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Willingness to travel to partner organizations within Canada occasionally

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Graduation from a program specializing in project management would be an asset.
  • Formal designation as a Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) from the Project Management Institute (PMI) would be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of CFI grants and of the University’s financial and procurement policies and procedures
  • Experience in the management of multi-million-dollar, multi-year cutting-edge engineering projects involving multi-disciplinary teams and multi-partner resources

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Accountable
  • Communicator
  • Diplomatic
  • Proactive
  • Procedural
  • Team player


Closing Date: 01/24/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 13 -- $74,041 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $94,687. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching
Recruiter: Ann Yang

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 26, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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