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Sorry, the application deadline for this position was 10/17/2021

Reference Number: 000001548
Posted Date: 10/1/2021
Closing Date: 10/17/2021

Department: LTRI - Tech Transfer
Position: Research Counsel

POSITION TITLE  Research Counsel
DEPARTMENT  LTRI - Tech Transfer
EMPLOYMENT TYPE  Regular Full Time
HOURS OF WORK  37.5 hours per week
REPORTS TO  Director / Manager, Research Counsel


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.


Working as part of a team, the Research Counsel is responsible for the review and negotiation of a variety of agreements covering academic and industry-sponsored research. Industry-sponsored clinical trial agreements and other related agreements are a core responsibility of this position.


Working under the direct supervision and reporting to the Manager, Research Counsel and in consultation with fellow Research Counsel, Contract Reviewers, Business Development, Grants Administration, Finance, Procurement, REB, Privacy, researchers, clinicians, research coordinators, and other advisors. Research Counsel will have the following responsibilities:

  • Review, draft and negotiate agreements for high risk and complex clinical research studies covering industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical studies, multi-site clinical consortium agreements, data registry agreements, biobank agreements, confidential disclosure agreements, data and material sharing agreements, clinical laboratory studies, research services and other related agreements;
  • Draft agreement templates de novo and responsible for the maintenance of precedent templates and the determination of their applicability to a contract request submission;
  • Expertise to manage a high volume of contracts to ensure compliance with legislation, nationally recognized research ethics policies, and internal policies and procedures in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Contribute to internal risk management, compliance and process improvement initiatives by giving direction to management as to where high risk activities require attention and provide general legal advice to other members of the OTTIL team;
  • Be a liaison and respond to inquiries from external stakeholders regarding agreements, including national and international pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organizations, hospitals, universities and external legal counsel;
  • Be a knowledge reference for clinical research subject matter affecting the TAHSN hospitals through membership in professional working groups (e.g., CRAWG, TAHSN legal retreat);
  • Provide input on educational sessions for principal investigators and research coordinators to inform personnel of the purpose of OTTIL and the contract review process;
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the contract database and report on the status of contract review and any issues associated with timely drafting and completion;
  • Additional tasks as assigned.


  • University degree, LL.B.  or J.D., with at least five (5) years experience and the ability to practice law in the province of Ontario and in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario;
  • A well-organized, self-starter with excellent analytical and problem-solving skills who is able to work with very little supervision;
  • Exceptional communication and negotiation skills and easily able to interact and work cooperatively with colleagues as part of a team;
  • Experience in reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts with a particular expertise and knowledge of clinical study agreements;
  • Excels in ability to critically read, analyze and write a variety of legal and technical documents;
  • Familiarity with intellectual property law and experience in institutional health law matters including privacy law;
  • Knowledge of contract, intellectual property and privacy law, particularly in the context of an academic biomedical and clinical research environment;
  • Demonstrated satisfactory work performance and attendance record;
  • Excellent planning and time management skills to be able to work on multiple agreements in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines to meet the expectations of principal investigators on project goals.

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. All employees and affiliates will follow safe work practices and comply with health and safety policies, procedures, and training. Successful candidates will be required to provide two (2) written reference letters from their former employer(s)/supervisor(s).

A recent Provincial Directive mandates all employees of public hospitals in Ontario to be either fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be regularly tested. All new employees joining Sinai Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and be on track toward full vaccination within six (6) weeks; participating in mandatory twice weekly Rapid Antigen Testing Program until fully vaccinated. There are very limited circumstances in which approval will be given for a medical exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

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 October 17, 2021. 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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