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Sorry, the application deadline for this position was 4/7/2024

Reference Number: 000001930
Posted Date: 3/6/2024
Closing Date: 4/7/2024

Department: LTRI
Position: Research Senior Legal Counsel

POSITION TITLE  Research Senior Legal Counsel
DEPARTMENT  Office of Technology Transfer & Industry Liaison & SH Legal
EMPLOYMENT TYPE  Regular Full-Time
HOURS OF WORK  37.5 hours per week
REPORTS TO  Sinai Health General Counsel and the Director of OTTIL


We are seeking a results-oriented Research Senior Legal Counsel to lead legal services for the Sinai Health research community. Reporting directly to the General Counsel and the Director of the Office of Technology Transfer & Industry Liaison, this pivotal role will provide critical legal support, oversee compliance, and contribute to policy development. The successful candidate will play a key role in advancing corporate goals while safeguarding our Institution's discovery and clinical research endeavours. The Research Senior Legal Counsel will lead the review, drafting and negotiation of complex agreements with peer hospitals, third-party vendors and other healthcare organizations. 


Work under the supervision and reporting to the Sinai Health General Counsel and the Director of the Office of Technology Transfer & Industry Liaison, to:

  • Provide on-site oversight and direction to the staff in the research contracts group in accordance with Sinai Health policies and procedures.
  • Work in collaboration with Sinai Health Privacy and Risk, Grants Administration, Procurement, Research Ethics Board, researchers, clinicians, research coordinators, and other stakeholders to support the organization’s research legal activities.
  • Assist with institutional compliance initiatives and internal risk assessment of research activities.
  • Engage and manage external legal counsel as authorized by the General Counsel and Director of the OTTIL.
  • Mentor and train Sinai Health research legal staff, providing for career development planning and opportunities in consultation with the General Counsel and Director of the OTTIL, in accordance with the approved annual budget.
  • Lead staff to meet Sinai Health expectations for productivity, quality, continuous improvement, and goal accomplishment and provide effective performance feedback.


  • Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LLB), called to the Ontario Bar and member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Minimum 5 to 8 years of legal experience in health law or privacy law or experience gained at a law firm or in-house legal department in the health/pharma/medical sciences.
  • Experience drafting and negotiating data transfer agreements, material transfer agreements, collaboration agreements, clinical trial agreements, funding agreements and research services agreements.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities with experience managing individuals with a legal background.
  • A well-organized self-starter with strategic thinking and practical problem-solving skills who can independently identify underlying issues and implement solutions.
  • A proven team player who can establish effective working relationships at all levels of the organization.
  • Strong communication, negotiation, drafting, and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of intellectual property, risk management, procurement, health administration and policy, data protection and privacy law, particularly in the context of an academic clinical and biomedical research environment in Canada

A commitment to diversity, inclusion, and professional growth is at the heart of our Institution's values. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

A resume and cover letter are required in order to be considered for this position.

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 April 7, 2024. 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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