Job Number: 874262

Category: Research

Positions Available: 1

Years Experience Required: 5

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Posted Date: Mar 30, 2021


Manager, Research Ethics

Research Services


The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Research Services Office is seeking a Manager, Research Ethics to provide administrative support to the CAMH Research Ethics Board (REB), educate the research community on research ethics, maintain CAMH REB records related to ethics review, set and interpret policy with respect to research ethics, respond to researcher, staff, research participant and other queries related to research ethics.


Job Description:

Reporting to the Chair of the REB and Acting Director Research Strategy, Policy and Operations you will enhance CAMH’s capability and capacity for high quality research by managing the documentation and information flows related to ethical considerations for research activities across the CAMH research enterprise.

You will manage the operations supporting the REB’s ongoing review and approval of Research Projects. The Manager will maintain documentation with respect to the REB’s review and approval activities to ensure that CAMH human participant research is conducted, documented and reported in compliance with all applicable ethical and regulatory requirements and standards for human participant research, including pharmaceutical drug, natural health product & medical device studies. 

You will liaise with the CAMH research community and implement process improvements that enrich the ethical conduct of human research. You will develop and implement guidance, policies and procedures, and provide support to the CAMH community on the completion and submission of research ethics application forms and documents. You will conduct needs assessments to identify educational requirements for research ethics, and design and deliver education and training to the CAMH community.

You will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements. This position will be located at 33 Ursula Franklin Street, Toronto, however, you will temporarily work remotely due to the pandemic.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Manage processes for the REB and related subcommittees
  • Support and update the Chair regarding matters related to the functions of the REB
  • Work with the Chair on the review and approval of various study documents (e.g. protocols, informed consent forms, etc.)
  • Conducts ongoing review activities and works in partnership with the REB Chair and researchers to ensure that the program is considered helpful to all stakeholders
  • Liaise with the CAMH research community regarding monitoring activities and recommend improvements to human research, as appropriate
  • Maintain external linkages and personal training to access information on best practices in international, national and local ethical research standards
  • Supervise staff in the Research Ethics Office and on their duties related to review of Research Projects, ensuring consistent application of policy and process
  • Liaise with REB reviewers on questions and issues of ethics
  • Assist researchers in meeting Research Ethics Board (REB) requests
  • Manages REB meetings, documents and convey review outcomes
  • Plan, design and deliver educational materials, guidance documents, ongoing courses/training, discussion groups, workshops and seminars on current issues in research ethics to the CAMH community
  • Serve as a full member of the REB
  • Conduct analysis of ethics policies, guidelines and procedures to assess relevancy to protocols and provide recommendations
  • Responsible for development of policies, standard operating procedures and guidelines related to research ethics
  • Review and develop strategies for improving the ethics review process and communication of initial and ongoing status of ethics
  • Review research ethics application forms to ensure current best practices are incorporated, ensure key components are included in the transition to electronic systems
  • Knowledge exchange, participate in external professional conference presentations
  • Conduct needs assessments to obtain information relating to quality assurance and educational requirements for research ethics
  • Provide advice to researchers, research staff and students on how to properly complete research ethics application forms and required documents
  • Respond to inquiries from researchers, research staff and students
  • Maintain current knowledge with changes to policies and guidelines related to privacy legislation, research and ethics
  • Promote collaboration and teamwork among staff, request staff input on improving practices on deliverables of the Research Ethics Office
  • Foster a healthy work place by embracing diversity, encouraging teamwork, complying with regulations and elimination of harassment and discrimination
  • Proactively identify and mitigate risk wherever it may arise with a focus on improving patient and public safety, and overall quality of care and service
  • Perform and supervise work in accordance with applicable provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations
  • Ensure that CAMH resources are used as efficiently as possible



The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences. An advanced degree, post-graduate certificate in Clinical Research, and/or certification in Clinical Research (SOCRA/ACRP) is an asset. Experience working in a research environment in a hospital and academic environment is required. A minimum of five (5) years of related experience working with human participant research and ethical conduct of research in the healthcare and academic setting is required. Previous supervisory experience required. Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering educational training courses for researchers and research staff in clinical research and ethical conduct of human subject research is required. Extensive knowledge of the Tri-Council Policy Statement of Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans; and interpreting and implementing institutional policies and procedures, and regulatory agency policies. Demonstrated experience with research ethics review processes and committees, and knowledge of research methods involving human participants. Exceptional facilitation and problem-solving skills with internal and external stakeholders. Ability to work individually and collaboratively with a broad community of stakeholders. Excellent interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), reporting and strong time management and organizational skills are required. You possess excellent computer skills in electronic systems, and advanced computer skills in a Microsoft office environment. Candidates require the ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be an asset.



Please note:  This full-time, permanent position is NOT part of any bargaining unit.    


Salary range: Competitive salary and benefits package.




CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute.  As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected to interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.