Job Posting # 898804
Position: Research Associate I
Site: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Department: UHN Biospecimen Services & Prostate and Uro-Oncology Clinical Research Unit
Reports To: Head of Operations, UHN Biospecimen Services
Salary Range: $66,534 to $83,168 per annum (commensurate with experience and consistent with the UHN Compensation Policy)
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Status: Permanent Full-time
University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Research Associate I at the 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 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 Biospecimen Services department is looking for a Research Associate to be part of our team. UHN Biospecimen Services includes the McCain GU Biobank (MGB), the Princess Margaret Cancer Biobank (PMCB) and the UHN COVID-19 Biobank. Our Program processes and stores research samples from patients with cancer, infectious and other diseases including COVID-19 or those who are undergoing organ transplantation. The biospecimens are used by world-class medical researchers at University Health Network (Canada’s largest academic hospital system), as well as by global scientific collaborators. The successful candidate will also support elements of the Prostate and Uro-Oncology Clinical Research Unit, which works adjacent to the biospecimen program.
Working under the direction of the Head of Operations, the successful candidate will use their past experience in clinical research to:
Participate partially or fully in protocol development/project design, setting of research goals, selection and development of procedures
Plan, implement and coordinate all aspects of data collection
Assist in, or direct, study related recruitment
Draw conclusions for review and incorporation into final research reports
Assist in interpretation of results and preparation of material for presentation, publication, and/or grants
Assess literature in the field of study
Contribute to team in-service sessions
Play an active role in biobanking (or other) conference planning
Support budget preparation/other components of grant applications
Mentor and functionally supervise research trainees, when applicable
Perform study-related administrative tasks, where applicable
This position requires an action-oriented individual with advanced research knowledge and skills, strong organizational experience, superior time management capabilities, demonstrated problem solving capacity, and advanced writing and communication skills. The ideal candidate possesses the aptitude to work with individuals from program departments as well as external stakeholders to achieve biobanking and/or clinical research study objectives and goals. They maintain an eye for detail and the ability to initiate the follow up on items or determine appropriate steps for timely resolution.
At minimum, a completion master's degree program, or recognized equivalent in Health or Science Related Discipline.
A minimum of two (2) years’ experience in clinical trials, regulatory affairs, or research related project management (oncology experience an asset)
Project management certification an asset
Proven skills in data management
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent organization and prioritization skills, good computer skills, ability to learn quickly and work independently
Ability to work under pressure while maintaining attention to detail
Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks while adhering to timelines
Ability to work well both as a member of a team and independently
Ability in the realm of COVID-19 to work effectively from a home office, if required
Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.
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.
Posting Date: May 12, 2022 Closing Date: May 26, 2022
University Health Network 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.