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Clinical Research Study Assistant

University Health Network | Posted 6-08-2020

Toronto (Transportation and Logistics)


University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Clinical Research Study Assistant in our Surgical Oncology/Urology Program.

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research across UHN's five research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

The UHN McCain GU BioBank (MGB) is seeking a Clinical Research Study Assistant (CRSA) who is an energetic and science-oriented individual that enjoys working in a fast paced clinical research environment. Once COVID-19 institutional restrictions are lifted, this role will be, in part, patient-facing and will require research and/or clinical experience dealing with patients. Applicants with lab experience only will not be considered.

The MGB is an investigator initiated biobanking program that collects and archives biological specimens and data obtained from consented urologic oncology patients and stores them for future research purposes. The MGB, founded in 2008 (originally known as GU bioBank), aims to enhance future cancer research capabilities in the areas of genomics, proteomics and epidemiology. The MGB has mapped relevant clinical states for urologic cancer cohorts and controls, and established a systematic and clinically-integrated approach to biospecimen procurement. All consented patients provide specimens prior to, during and following their treatment(s). Each sample collection point (Clinical State) is dictated by detailed flow diagrams that have been developed for each cohort.

Responsibilities:
The CRSA is part of a team of ~ 10 individuals performing similar work. Working under the direction of the Head of Operations and/or senior staff, the CRSA collaborates with MD and multidisciplinary health care teams to: 1) recruit participants (e.g. identify potential participants, obtain informed consent, collect demographic and clinical data); 2) coordinate participant sample collection schedules; 3) execute some or all aspects of sample collection (e.g. perform venipuncture/collect urine; process as per laboratory manual; transport to local laboratories according to established SOPs); 4) manage participant and specimen databases; 5) maintain all regulatory files; and 6) execute study-related administrative tasks; 6) other duties as assigned.


Qualifications:
  • Minimum of Community College Diploma in a health-related discipline, or equivalent. Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent, in a health or science-related discipline preferred.
  • 6 - 12 months prior experience recruiting human subjects for research studies
  • Knowledge of oncology preferred
  • Knowledge of research regulations and guidelines, including the ICH/GCP guidelines, Tri-Council Policy, FDA CFR and Health Canada TPP, required
  • Phlebotomy course completion, preferred (or willingness to complete prior to onsite UHN work)
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent decision-making and problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience interacting with patients
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic team environment
  • Proficiency with MS Office software (Word, Excel and Access), required


If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

POSTED DATE: August 6, 2020 CLOSING DATE: August 20, 2020

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

University Health Network has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.