Job Posting #888573
Position: Clinical Research Study Assistant (3 Positions)
Site: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Department: UHN Biospecimen Services
Reports to: Director of Operations, UHN Biospecimen Services
Salary Range: $24.85 to $31.07 per hour (Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy)
Hours: 35 hours per week
Status: Temporary Full-time (1 year) (Work will be performed on-site and remotely)
University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Clinical Research Study Assistant in our UHN Biospecimen Services Department.
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 ground breaking 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 Biospecimen Services and the Prostate and Uro-oncology Clinical Research Unit are each seeking Clinical Research Study Assistants (CRSA) who are energetic and science-oriented individuals that enjoy working in a fast paced clinical research environment. The CRSA role may require interaction with patients and therefore applicants with lab experience only will not be considered. Once COVID-19 institutional restrictions are fully lifted, this role will be primarily onsite. Until that time, some work will be performed remotely and will require secure IT capabilities to work from home.
Our Biospecimen Services program collects and archives biological specimens and data obtained from consented oncology and non-oncology patients and stores them for future research purposes. We aim to enhance future cancer/other research capabilities in the areas of genomics, proteomics and epidemiology. The largest of biobanks is the McCain Genito-Urinary BioBank (established 2008) which 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 (called “Clinical State”) is dictated by detailed flow diagrams that have been developed for each cohort.
Our Prostate and Uro-oncology Clinical Research Unit assumes responsibility for the overall management and coordination of Industry and Investigator-driven studies focusing on bladder, kidney and prostate cancer and urologic cancer risk reduction for the Department of Surgical Oncology (Urology) at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. We conduct interventional, biomarker development and QoL studies
Responsibilities (will vary dependent on Program Team selected for)
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 the MD and multidisciplinary health care teams and may be responsible for the following tasks:
recruitment of study participants (e.g. identifying, screening potential participants & obtaining informed consent);
collection of demographic and clinical data; coordination of patient visit schedules, as per study protocol;
execution of some or all aspects of sample collection (e.g. perform venipuncture/collect urine;
sample processing as per laboratory manual; sample transport to local laboratories according to established SOPs);
documentation of adverse events & medications, administration of study questionnaires;
liaising with sponsors, external stakeholders & members of the clinical care team, if applicable;
implementation and coordination of data collection and source documentation, as per UHN policy and ICH/GCP guidelines;
management of participant and specimen databases; execution of study-related administrative tasks, such as completion of relevant study CRFs, logs, trackers, etc.;
and maintenance of regulatory files.
Other research related tasks may be asked of the CRSA, as applicable.
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.
Three (3) to six (6) months prior experience recruiting human subjects for research studies
Knowledge of oncology an asset
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), required
Proficiency with MS Office PowerPoint and Access is an asset
Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code
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.
Posting Date: November 18, 2021 Closing Date: December 2, 2021
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.
UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.