Clinical Research Study Assistant

Company Description

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute of Education. 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.

Job Description


TWH / Toronto Western Hospital – 399 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5T 2S8

Union: Non-union
Site: TWH
Department: Psychiatry
Reports to: Joshua Rosenblat
Work Model: On-Site
Grade: BSc or higher
Hours: 35 hours
Salary: $25.00-$28.00
Shifts: Daytime
Status: Temporary Full Time
Closing Date: June 7, 2024

Position Summary

The Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit (MDPU) is dedicated to transforming the way that mood and anxiety disorders are treated, understood and characterized. Part of our innovative research includes using ketamine and psilocybin for mood and anxiety disorders that are otherwise difficult to treat with conventional interventions. We are seeking an energetic and experienced individual to perform clinical research activities in a dynamic and collegial environment as a Clinical Research Study Assistant where they will assist with multiple research studies.


  • Collaborates with PI and multidisciplinary health care team in recruitment of study participants for the ketamine and psilocybin studies at the MDPU (e.g., identifies and screens potential subjects; obtains informed consent; conducts pre-testing and administers questionnaires or other data collection tools)
  • Helps write clinical trial protocols and submit protocols to ethics board and Health Canada.
  • Assists in the planning, review, implementation and coordination of data collection and source documentation, as per UHN policy and ICH/GCP guidelines
  • Identifies problems using assessment skills and reports any abnormalities to MD, Clinical Research Manager, or health care team member
  • Executes study-related administrative tasks, such as collection of regulatory documents, ethics submissions, etc.
  • Conducts telephone and/or clinical recruitment interviews to collect data using established criteria
  • Assists in coordinating patient visit schedule as per study protocol
  • Executes various aspects of study visit (e.g., assessment; adverse events; monitoring of safety; medication; questionnaires; sample collection, including venipuncture; processing and shipment of samples) according to clinical protocol
  • Reviews and assesses study-related literature
  • Enters data into secure database
  • Participates in team meetings to report on progress and identify potential problems


  • At minimum, a B.Sc. in Psychology or Health Sciences
  • At minimum 1 year clinical and/or professional experience
  • Clinical research experience preferred
  • Experience in depression or psychiatry research is an asset
  • Experience writing clinical trial protocols and submitting protocols to Health Canada and research ethics board
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication, organizational, problem solving and time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to changes in project direction
  • Detail-oriented, accurate, and dependable with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize your workload and the flexibility to adjust to changing work plans, schedules and deadlines
  • Self-motivated team member with a demonstrated ability to show initiative
  • Ability to interact with a range of health professionals and support staff, through exchange of information, consulting, problem solving and training as required

Additional Information

Why join UHN?

In addition to working alongside some of the most talented and inspiring healthcare professionals in the world, UHN offers a wide range of benefits, programs and perks. It is the comprehensiveness of these offerings that makes it a differentiating factor, allowing you to find value where it matters most to you, now and throughout your career at UHN.

  • Competitive offer packages
  • Government organization and a member of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP
  • Close access to Transit and UHN shuttle service
  • A flexible work environment
  • Opportunities for development and promotions within a large organization
  • Additional perks (multiple corporate discounts including: travel, restaurants, parking, phone plans, auto insurance discounts, on-site gyms, etc.)

Current UHN employees must have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN’s attendance management program, to be eligible for consideration.

All applications must be submitted before the posting close date.

UHN uses email to communicate with selected candidates. Please ensure you check your email regularly.

Please be advised that a Criminal Record Check may be required of the successful candidate. Should it be determined that any information provided by a candidate be misleading, inaccurate or incorrect, UHN reserves the right to discontinue with the consideration of their application.

All UHN Employees are required to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine series, approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, as a condition of hire. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required. Should you be the successful candidate, you will be required to comply with UHN’s mandatory Vaccination Policy that is in effect.

UHN is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive recruitment process and workplace. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their requirements known.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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