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The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital – one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals. We are proudly affiliated with the University of Ottawa and supported by The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. With more than 2200 scientists, clinician investigators, trainees and staff, and total revenues of more than $120 million, we are one of the foremost Canadian hospital-based research institutes. Our research spans more than a hundred different diseases, conditions, and specialties with an overall focus on translating discoveries and knowledge into better health.

Job Description
The Research Ethics Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the assessment and review of research applications submitted to the Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board (OHSN-REB). The Research Ethics Coordinator works with Board Members, Chair (Vice-Chairs) and REB Manager to facilitate researchers to obtain and maintain ethics approval for human participant research in accordance with policies, procedures, national and international guidelines, and applicable regulations. The Research Ethics Coordinator provides support and assistance to the researchers and their teams to help facilitate the REB process.

Basic Requirements (Education/Experience):
•University graduate or a combination of related training and experience
•Familiarity with clinical research environment
•Comprehensive understanding of applicable guidance, policy and regulations governing human research ethics

Skills and Abilities
•Excellent time management, customer service orientation and organizational skills required as work priorities are constantly changing.
•Excellent written/verbal communication skills required to correspond with investigators, etc.
•Ability to respond in a professional manner during challenging discussions.
•Strong working knowledge of guidelines, policy, and regulations applicable to clinical research.
•Knowledge and understanding and compliance with the current Tri-Council Policy Statement Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2), the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use – Good Clinical Practice Guideline (ICH—GCP E6(R2)), and Health Canada/U.S. Food and Drug Regulations, as applicable.
•Advanced proofreading and editing skills.

Professional/Technical Knowledge
•Extensive knowledge of word processing software (Word)
•Extensive knowledge of spreadsheet software (Excel)
•Extensive knowledge of database software (Access)
•Extensive Outlook, Office 365, SharePoint, and MS Teams
•Advanced medical terminology
•Use of general office equipment (e.g., voicemail, printers, fax machine, photocopier, scanner, Microsoft outlook and Office 365)

Preferred Qualifications:
•Strong working knowledge and experience in Human Research Ethics submissions and/or review requirements
•Experience working with human research ethics boards in an academic hospital environment.

Contract Details:
This is a 1-year full-time contract.

Comments to Applicant:
Please send a complete CV with description of research experience and contact information to:

Contact Info:
Name: Amy Geertsma
Title:  Manager
Program:  Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Address: Civic Box 675, Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y4E9


The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is committed to building and sustaining a welcoming and supportive culture that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion for trainees, researchers, and staff. We are devoted to identifying and removing barriers that limit equitable access to opportunities within our organization. The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute strongly supports initiatives that encourage the participation of all groups, in particular the four groups defined in the Employment Equity Act (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities).

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those invited for an interview will be contacted. The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is an equal-opportunity employer. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process.

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