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Research Ethics Coordinator

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted September 12, 2023.


Research Ethics Coordinator
Research Operations and Support Services

Position Description

In alignment with the CAMH Strategic Directions and in support of the accountabilities of the Manager, Research Ethics Office, the Research Ethics Coordinator will manage the documentation and information flow related to research activities and ensure that all research involving humans meet current scientific, ethical and regulatory standards for the protection of human research participants.

The Research Ethics Coordinator serves as the primary research ethics regulatory, policy and compliance resource for internal and external researchers, internal staff members and the Research Ethics Board (REB) members. The successful candidate, in conjunction with the Manager, Research Ethics will ensure that those responsible for the conduct and review of research studies are operating in accordance with the required processes and procedures established to facilitate compliance with local and international regulations, as well as institutional polices regarding human participant research.

In this role, duties include supporting all ethical review procedures during the lifecycle of the study and ensuring all ethics review processes occur in a timely fashion. The successful incumbent will liaise with other TAHSN Research Ethics Boards and Clinical Trials Ontario to facilitate timely review of submissions as well as review and analyze submission material, including protocols and supporting documents to ensure compliance with all applicable research ethics regulations, policies, and procedures. You will work in collaboration with other members of the Research Ethics Office to coordinate research ethics review of human participant research, including management of REB activities such as creation of agendas, minutes, memos, and other research ethics documentation to investigators, and perform post approval monitoring. Another function of this role is to enter, manage and support the analysis of REB performance metric data; and communicate with investigators, assist research staff with REB submission preparation and also assist REB members with information and material required to perform reviews. You will assist with the development of educational programs for investigators, research personnel, REB members and others to promote institutional compliance with research ethics regulations. You will also support the development of new policies and procedures for improvement of ethics review processes, including the provision of feedback on process improvement tools. You will support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements. This position is located at 33 Ursula Franklin Street.


The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in a Life Science or have an equivalent combination of education/experience related to research ethics. A post-graduate certificate and/or certification in clinical research are an asset. You will have three (3) years’ experience in research ethics. Familiarity and experience with biomedical research ethics is preferred. You have an understanding and knowledge of current human participant research; Health Canada, FDA, EU (European Union) regulations and guidelines, ICH GCP (Good Clinical Practices) policies and procedures, as well as an awareness of local and national privacy regulations including a strong understanding of ethical guidelines. Knowledge of TAHSN REBs and CTO (Clinical Trials Ontario) is an asset. You have a solid understanding and knowledge of clinical research methodologies and conduct; and have the demonstrated ability to conduct critical analyses of scientific and ethical proposals, documents, and designs. You are well versed and comfortable providing guidance on matters of research ethics compliance and ethical human participant research practices. You possess excellent communication skills both written and verbal. You possess excellent judgment, tact and diplomacy to work with diverse teams and stakeholders. You come with demonstrated initiative, independence, organization and productivity. You have well developed problem solving and decision making skills. You are proficient in MS Office including but not limited to Excel, Word, Outlook, Access and SharePoint. An ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to achieve mutual goals and objectives is required. Bilingualism (French/English) or proficiency in a second language would be 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.

Please Note: This full-time, permanent position is NOT part of any bargaining unit.

Salary Range: Competitive salary and benefits package.

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CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.