Research Manager

University of Waterloo


Term: 9 months
The Research Manager provides oversight and management of Dr. Nacke’s numerous research projects and funding opportunities. The Research Manager will oversee Dr. Nacke’s research projects and researchers, as well as their research budgets. They may also represent the PI and their research activities at domestic and international events.
Dr. Nacke has several large multi-year grant-funded projects focused on games research that will require the Research Manager to oversee their activities. The current projects are: 1) A 3-year project funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through the Active and Assisted Living (AAL) programme Aging Well in the Digital World called EXERGETIC: An Innovative Digital Solution to Individually Improve Physical and Cognitive Functions Using an Exergame (video-game based) Training in an Ecologically Valid and Safe Setting for the Geriatric Population, 2) a 5-year project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) called Entering the Metaverse: Investigating Social Virtual Reality Platforms and Experiences, and 3) a 5-year project funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) called Developing and Analyzing Immersive Game Technologies and Components for Motivation, Wellbeing, and Guidance.
  • The project manager will be responsible for managing and overseeing research progress specifically in the SSHRC and CIHR grants, communicating with partners, monitoring and ensuring the researchers progress on the project, ensure timelines are met, administrative requirements such as reporting requirements and budget management, as well as resolve any unexpected challenges that arise throughout the following two years of the projects to ensure the success of the projects. The manager will be required to manage grant members, activities, events, and administrative tasks, such as reporting requirements to AAL partners. They will also be responsible for managing the project budget and working with our partner institutions to establish sub-agreements
The Research Manager will also be responsible for identifying and assisting Dr. Nacke in completing applications for future grant funding opportunities. In addition, the Research Manager will help Dr. Nacke oversee and manage the many different subprojects and international collaborations that the graduate students and postdocs of his HCI Games Group are involved in.

This role is contingent upon funding.


Project Manager, EXERGETIC Grant
  • Oversee the network of partners, report on the team’s research activities and collaborations
  • Maintain the network’s website with events, publications, membership changes
  • Ensures that deliverable deadlines are met and that all teams complete research plans for the 3-year project
  • Ensures that all project members are paid on time
  • Ensure that all publications have authors and monitor their progress to ensure that they are completed by their deliverable date
  • Develop a strategy and manage the social media accounts for the HCI Games Group
Communication, Knowledge Mobilization, Collaboration and Outreach
  • Communicates clearly both verbally and in writing with experts, international and local collaborators, and external stakeholders
  • Supports the development and management of on-going relationships with partners
  • Represents Dr. Nacke and his research activities at external events and activities
  • Develops and implements knowledge mobilization strategy for research activities, including multi-year projects
  • Use social media and other dissemination channels to advertise ongoing events and activities open to the wider academic community and the public
Research Activities: Delivery, Management, Reporting, Identification
  • Advises Dr. Nacke and his research team of schedules and deadlines for research project deliverables and activities
  • Ensures research team meets deliverable deadlines
  • Completes project updates and financial reports for funding agencies, ensuring all deliverables are met and budget expenditures are in accordance with contracts and contribution agreements
  • Works with departments at the University of Waterloo to compile relevant reporting materials to complete project updates and financial reports; this includes support of ethics applications of studies
  • Builds relationships with university faculties, research institutes, and other departments, as well as external partners to leverage support for ongoing and future research activities
  • Assists the Principle Researcher and Research Team as required with research, and provides general administrative support as necessary
  • Ensures effective project management in collaboration with the Principle Researcher
  • Supports regular record management to contribute to project monitoring and evaluation objectives
  • Responds to inquiries from research team members and partners, including government and community partners
  • Coordinates research activities and manages logistics for events such as conferences, workshops, and focus groups
  • Supports travel arrangements for internal and external project stakeholders
  • Follows-up on post-activity action items
  • Proactively seeks and identifies available funding opportunities for Dr. Nacke, which will benefit both the Principle Researcher and the University of Waterloo
Staff Management
  • Dr. Nacke has 2 Postdoctoral Fellows working for him on various research projects, and 5-10 students and international visiting grad students working for him over the course of the year. The Research Manager will be responsible for keeping track of
    the work they are completing, ensure they meet deadlines, and respond to any clarifications they require on their work
  • Facilitate paperwork and ensure payment or progress monitoring for incominng international visiting graduate students (IVGS) as well as international contractors(postdocs)
  • Identify potential graduate students who could participate or assist in upcoming research activities
Partnership Development and Relationship Management
  • Builds relationships with university faculties, research institutes, and other departments, as well as external partners to leverage support for ongoing and future research activities
  • Responds to requests for partnership from external organizations and individuals in consultation with Dr. Nacke
  • Develops and maintains a network of contacts (internal and external partners, government agencies, embassies and consulates (Canadian and international)
Financial Resource Management
  • Manages research project budgets, including monitoring and reconciling costs, processing purchases, coding invoices, processing travel authorizations, etc.
  • Anticipate and make decisions about expenditures over the course of the projects in consultation with Dr. Nacke
  • Reports on new funding opportunities and supports the planning and creation of future funding proposals associated with the project’s research activities, including proposals and budgets
  • In collaboration with the Office of Research at the University of Waterloo, represent Dr. Nacke and his research activities in contribution agreement and contract negotiations for successful grant applications


  • Master’s Degree in related field or equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Gender-Based Analysis plus (GBA+) certification
  • At least 2 years of project management, with at least 1 year of academic project management experience
  • Experience with interdisciplinary academic research
  • Experience in collating and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and information and drafting reports, briefing materials and presentations to a range of audiences
  • Experience managing grant budgets, including processing reimbursements
  • Familiarity with University of Waterloo processes is considered an asset
  • Experience planning and coordinating conferences, workshops, and events
  • Experience planning international events
  • Experience working with external partners, including foreign governments, international organizations, non-for-profits, etc.
  • Experience in information dissemination, using different channels
  • Experience with website development and subsequent maintenance
  • Experience with web-based project management tools (e.g., Notion, ClickUp, Trello, Miro) considered a plus
  • Experience managing social media accounts (especially: LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Instagram) related to projects/programs
  • Must possess excellent web-based research, analytical, oral and written communication skills including preparing briefing materials, reports and project management
  • Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills to enable assessment of complex issues and scenarios of concern to researchers, knowledge users, and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated managerial and relationship building competencies, with exceptional skills in cross-cultural understanding and communication
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills to effectively engage with diverse audiences such as academia, government, and community stakeholders
  • Well-developed organizational skills including strong time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to take initiative and work independently
  • intermittent work outside the normal operating hours of the institution; and occasional travel may be required

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