Research Agreement Specialist

University Health Network
Posting Date:
Jan 11, 2022
University Health Network
Area of Law:
Mar 31, 2022
3 years


Job Posting #882847

Position: Research Agreement Specialist (2 positions)
Site: OPG 700 University 
Department: Clinical Trial Agreements Office
Reports to: Manager, Clinical Trial Agreements
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy
Status: Permanent Full Time

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Research  Contract Specialist in our Clinical Trial Agreements Office.

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of ground-breaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research across UHN's five research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

Thousands of research studies are undertaken at UHN every year. While some involve UHN researchers and clinicians only, most involve third-parties such as pharmaceutical and medical device companies, government or funding agencies, contract research organizations and other research institutions. It is imperative that appropriate legal agreements are in place to govern these relationships as well as to manage and mitigate risk to the UHN and UHN research participants

The Research Contract Specialist will prepare and negotiate legal agreements for UHN research studies including but not limited to clinical study agreements, confidentiality agreements, sub site/grant and collaboration agreements, material transfer, data sharing, grant agreements etc. The Research Contract Specialist will also review and assess study submissions by researchers to determine study complexity and requirements, and to develop agreement strategies.

The position is also required to liaise with key internal stakeholders such as the Research Ethics Board, Research Financial Services and senior management for briefing and decision-making. The Research Contract Specialist also manage institutional risk and provide effective and efficient service and support researchers. Duties will also include the development of SOPs and review tools.

• At minimum, a law degree or paralegal background with related experience or; a master’s degree or recognized equivalent
• Minimum three (3) years practical and related experience with at least 2 years of experience drafting, interpreting and negotiating agreements including clinical trial agreements, data transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements, etc. is preferred
• Ability to manage and prioritize projects simultaneously; to efficiently communicate, write, edit, analyze, negotiate and problem solve
• Familiarity with and/or experience in contracts or in an academic research environment is strongly preferred
• Demonstrated negotiation and facilitation skills
• Experience in a Microsoft Office environment preferred
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
• Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills required
• Attention to detail/analytical thinking and excellent organizational abilities required
• Ability to manage personal timelines and priorities with minimal supervision required

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Closing Date: Until Filled 

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply. 

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted. 


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