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Sorry, the application deadline for this position was 9/23/2020

Reference Number: 000001370
Posted Date: 9/9/2020
Closing Date: 9/23/2020

Department: LTRI - Anesthesia & Pain Management
Position: Research Assistant

POSITION TITLE  Research Assistant 
DEPARTMENT  LTRI - Anesthesia & Pain Management
EMPLOYMENT TYPE  Temporary Full Time
HOURS OF WORK  37.5 hours per week
REPORTS TO  Principal Investigator

The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, a University of Toronto affiliated research centre, is one of the world's leading centres in biomedical research.  With ground-breaking discoveries in research areas such as diabetes, genetic disorders, cancer and women’s and infants’ health, the Institute is committed to excellence in health research and the training of young investigators.  Strong partnerships with the clinical programs of Mount Sinai Hospital ensure that scientific knowledge is used to promote human health.  Your significant contributions will assist in maintaining our momentum in advancing our research.


Department of Anesthesia & Pain Management & Wasser Pain Management Centre, provide patient care, education and research in the area of chronic, disabling pain disorders. We conduct research in design and development of innovative management of acute and chronic pain.

The Research Assistant will work under the supervision of the Principal Investigator/Research Manager providing overall coordination of research projects. The assistant will work under the general direction of the Principal Investigator to initiate and implement research studies and support research network activities. Research study activities typically include literature reviews, ethics applications, recruitment, follow-up with participants, assisting with writing and editing reports and manuscripts, and working with funding agencies as required. Research network activities include: coordinating meetings and webinars, preparing materials, report writing support, and engaging with local and international network members.

The successful candidate will work on research projects focused on pain management for patients suffering from acute and chronic pain.


Summary of Duties, but not limited to:

  • Recruit and consent eligible participants who are referred to the study
  • Confirm participant eligibility with Principal Investigator and Research Manager
  • Conduct interviews, focus groups, including in-person and telephone calls
  • Maintenance of research files to access and retrieve data as specified
  • Data entry and quality control
  • Assist Principal Investigator and Research Manager in completion of Research Ethics Board (REB) applications and grant submissions for funding (as required)
  • Assist Principal Investigator and Research Manager in preparation of materials for progress reports, presentations and publications
  • Prepare and mail out follow-up questionnaires to study subjects and collaborating centers (where required)
  • Basic administrative duties including filing and photocopying
  • Preparing scientific manuscripts and reports
  • Perform necessary quality control procedures to ensure accuracy and completeness of the research data
  • Contribute to the efficient day-to-day operations of the research unit 

As a role model and champion you will work to identify and integrate safe, best practices into daily activities to foster the delivery of safe and exemplary care. 

The responsibilities described above are representative and are not to be construed as all-inclusive.


  • University undergraduate degree in a related specialty (Biological or Health Sciences)
  • Two years experience in a healthcare setting working in a research capacity
  • Database experience preferred
  • Proficiency in computer applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator
  • Strong relational and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Sound decision-making and problem solving skills - works well under pressure and uses good judgment in assessing difficult situations
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills with attention to detail
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work well with a team and to use initiative in achieving goals
  • Able to work independently
  • Professional behavior and communication that meets the standards of the professional regulatory college or association, as applicable, and the standards of Mount Sinai Hospital
  • This position plays a critical role in acting as an advocate for safety and will demonstrate principles, practices and processes that will optimize a safe environment for all
  • Certification as a Clinical Research Professional an asset
  • Highly motivated, with an ability to work well independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrated organization skills including ability to manage several concurrent tasks while meeting predetermined time lines 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of organizational/office/research practices, procedures and standards
  • Good understanding of medical terminology and research methods

Applications should include curriculum vitae, a brief description of future research interests, as well as contact information for two references.

In accordance with Institute’s policy and legislated health and safety requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials, completion of a health review, and demonstrating proof of immunity and vaccination status of vaccine-preventable diseases. Successful candidates will be required to provide two (2) written reference letters from their former employer(s)/supervisor(s).

We are a fully committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Sinai Health community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance.

The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute is a scent sensitive environment and all members of the community are expected to refrain from wearing or using scented products while visiting or working at the Institute. We also support a barrier-free workplace supported by the Institute’s accessibility plan, accommodation and disability management policies and procedures. Should you require accommodation at any point during the recruitment process, including accessible job postings, please contact the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Human Resources Department.


Posting open until September 23, 2020. We thank all candidates for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

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