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Reference Number: 000001921
Posted Date: 1/31/2024
Closing Date: 3/18/2024

Department: LTRI (SUMMIT)
Position: Research Assistant II

POSITION TITLE  Research Assistant II
EMPLOYMENT TYPE  Temporary, Full-Time
HOURS OF WORK  37.5 hours per week
REPORTS TO  Principal Investigator


The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Sinai Health System, 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 Sinai Health System ensure that scientific knowledge is used to promote human health.  Your significant contributions will assist in maintaining our momentum in advancing our research.



We welcome applications for a Research Assistant II to work on the SUMMIT trial. The Research Assistant II is an integral part of the busy, dynamic, and growing lab, led by Clinician Scientist and PI Dr. Daisy Singla at the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute. In this role, the specific focus will be to work on research projects focused on promoting access to brief, evidence-based psychological treatments. This includes the large, multi-site trial referred to as the Scaling Up Maternal Mental healthcare by Increasing access to Treatment (SUMMIT) Trial, funded by PCORI. The aim of the trial is to examine scalable models to improve evidence-based psychological treatments for perinatal depression and anxiety. The Research Assistant II will report to the Study Principal Investigator (Dr. Daisy Singla) and the Senior Clinical Trials Manager.



The responsibilities of the Research Assistant II include but are not limited to:

  • Key communication with trial participants, investigators and stakeholders
  • Administration and collection of questionnaires and consents; follow up with participants post-treatment and implement retention strategies
  • Support the organization of internal and external study-related events
  • Assist with and/or review grant materials, including budgets, contracts and project timelines.
  • Prepare written correspondence, reports and presentations using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
  • Perform other general office-related duties as required (e.g., note-taking, photocopying, organizing, collecting timesheets, faxing letters)
  • Provide administrative support for day-to-day trial implementation (e.g., managing calendar invites and contact information, note-taking, maintaining hospital filing system, sending team-wide communications)
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Successful completion of a university degree, in a relevant field including public health, psychology, and/or health sciences.
  • Previous experience interacting with study participants with a minimum of one year of recent and related experience in a research environment.
  • Experience interacting with patients, providers and stakeholders in clinical or mental health settings an asset.
  • Technological competence and experience with platforms such as Google Drive, Zoom, Canva, and GoDaddy/WordPress is preferred.
  • Superior organizational and time management skills with a flexibility to adjust to priorities and manage multiple deadlines.
  • Advanced technical skills and proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), including preparing study materials and presentation slides.
  • Some administrative experience an asset (e.g., managing calendar invites, scheduling meetings, room bookings, organizing catering).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excelled written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to make decisions, exercise good judgement and take initiative.
  • Demonstrated professionalism and ability to work with a variety of individuals in a co-operative manner both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work conscientiously and efficiently in a fast-paced environment.


If this role is in a laboratory environment, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute’s Safety Requirements include:

  • Maintain personal certifications as required by Safety Office
  • Maintain the lab’s Safety requirements as required by Safety Office
  • Maintain current lab-specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) - including work with hazardous chemicals and biological agents, hazardous waste disposal, etc.
  • Maintain the lab’s chemical Inventory
  • Responsible for training the lab members on lab-specific procedures, weekly eye wash checks

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 March 18, 2024. We thank all candidates for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contact Name: Online
Contact Email: Online
Contact Phone: Online


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