Career Opportunities

Category: Clinical Research Date Posted: 31-Jan-2017 End Date: 14-Feb-2017 ID: 1064
Clinical Research Assistant III
Contact/Scientist: Dr. Justin Presseau
Program: Clinical Epidemiology

The Ottawa Hospital: Inspired by research. Driven by compassion

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital and an affiliated institute of the University of Ottawa. With more than 1,700 scientists, clinician investigators, trainees and staff, and total revenues of more than $100 million, we are one of the foremost Canadian hospital-based research institutes. We are investigating virtually every major disease and condition, with a focus on answering important health questions and translating our findings into benefits for patients and society.


The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s Clinical Epidemiology Program (CEP) has an opening for a Research Assistant position. This position is full-time with a one-year contract offered, with the potential for extension.

Job description:

As part of CEP, the Centre for Implementation Research and the Ottawa Methods Centre at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) invite applications for a one-year Research Assistant position focusing on behavioural and knowledge translation approaches to understanding factors associated with recruitment to early-phase clinical trials. The successful applicant will join a growing research team and will be involved in all facets of research including grant applications, ethics submissions, data collection, analysis, dissemination and knowledge translation. The purpose of this position is to assist Dr. Justin Presseau with various facets of an emerging research program focused on behavioural approaches to understanding recruitment to early-phase clinical trials in the area of cell therapy for cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. The successful applicant will also work closely with Drs. Manoj Lalu, Dean Fergusson and Bernard Thébaud and be embedded within the Centre for Implementation Research at the OHRI. Primary duties will include ethics submissions, design, conduct and analysis of behaviour theory-based interviews and surveys with patients, family members and healthcare professionals, and providing methodological support for clinical and research collaborators.



  • Developing and conducting qualitative analysis of behaviour change theory-based interviews with patients, family members and healthcare professionals regarding barriers and enablers to implementation in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Developing and conducting quantitative analyses of questionnaire-based data to understand behaviour theory-based correlates of recruitment to clinical trials
  • Contribute to providing methodological advice and support to clinical and research collaborators
  • Project management (research ethics applications, participant recruitment, consenting)
  • Preparing and communicating findings in posted reports and peer-reviewed publications, rounds, and scientific conferences, as required
  • Assist with grant writing and submissions
  • Participate in manuscript writing and submissions

Basic Requirements (Education/Experience):

  • Evidence of training certification in Tri-Council Policy Statement -2 (TCPS-2) and the International Conference on  Harmonisation – Good Clinical Practice Guidelines (ICH-GCP)
  • Evidence of training in Food and Drug Regulations, Division 5, and/or Device Regulations
  • Graduate degree in health or organizational psychology, health services research, health systems, knowledge translation, or related field (e.g. implementation science)
  • Face-to-face and telephone interview skills and experience
  • Experience working in health services research with patients and healthcare professionals
  • Survey development experience (online and paper-based)
  • Strong qualitative data analysis skills and experience
  • Strong quantitative data analysis skills and experience (descriptive statistics, correlational analyses, regression-based analyses)
  • Time management skills and ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects
  • Flexibility to accommodate periodic demanding deadlines
  • Attention to detail to ensure accuracy of data and protocol requirements
  • Computer literacy and knowledge of software packages including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Nvivo
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively as both part of an interdisciplinary team and independently

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous research experience, publications
  • Experience in a clinical research environment
  • Demonstrated experience using the Theoretical Domains Framework

Contract details:
This full time renewable contract is for one year. The salary range is from $25.88 - $35.107.


Comments to applicant:

Individuals ready to meet the challenge of this position should submit a focused cover letter, curriculum vitae, in a single PDF using the name convention “Last Name, First Name”.
Please send a complete CV to:

Dr. Justin Presseau

c/o Lisa McGovern


Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Centre for Practice-Changing Research

501 Smyth Road, Box 711

Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6


We thank all applicants for their interest.  However, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.  The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer.  Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process.