University of Alberta

Clinical Research Assistant

Department of Medicine

Competition No.  -    S100637561
Posting Date  -    Nov 07, 2018
Closing Date  -    Nov 15, 2018
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $46,627 to $62,954 per year
Grade  -    07
Hours  -    35

This position has an end date of one year from the date of hire and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The Clinical Research Assistant will be responsible for assisting in recruiting potential study participants for clinical research protocols; maintaining compliance with regulatory, ethics and other stipulations as necessary; administering health care services and building and maintaining a network of contacts internally and externally to help promote research at the Centre of Excellence for Gastrointestinal Inflammation and Immunity Research (CEGIIR) and SPOR (Imagine) study.


  • Responsible for screening, recruitment and enrolment of potential study participants, including informed consents; participant enrolment includes: confirming eligibility, obtaining informed consent and providing appropriate study subject kit
  • Collects biological samples (i.e., blood, urine, stool, biopsies) and clinical data from participants directly
  • Ensures collections/samples are date and time stamped, and delivered to the laboratory within the timeframe required
  • Ensures that time sensitive samples (biopsy, blood & urine) obtained from endoscopic procedures are appropriately stored in liquid nitrogen and transported to the laboratory
  • Provides education and counseling to participants regarding protocol requirements, study treatment schedules, the use of data collection tools and follow-up visits
  • Ensures that study participants are efficiently monitored and that safety requirements are implemented as necessary; accurately and promptly reports Serious Adverse Events as dictated by protocol
  • Addresses patient concerns and troubleshoots via telephone and/or in person
  • Maintains a provincial database (over 3000 patients and 50,000 samples) by ensuring all data are entered and participant files are securely stored
  • Participates in study-related meetings such as site evaluations, site initiations, close-out visits, investigator meetings, monitor-visits and study-conference calls
  • Development, understanding and adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), International Conference on Harmonization (ICH), Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) and Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPs) and other applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Assists with Human Research Ethics Board (HREB) submissions, including informed consents and maintains trial related documents including helping with preparation of study budget
  • Organizes and prepares source documents, case report forms, charts, electronic data entry, screening logs and advertising
  • Performs study-related assessments as required per protocol and ensures that all documentation is accurate and ongoing
  • Ensures participants complete questionnaires and source documentation information sheets
  • Ensures data from questionnaire and source documentation sheets are entered into the secure database
  • Assembles study subject kits; ensures appropriate supplies are in each kit
  • Ensures that the main study side provides appropriate laboratory kits (blood, urine & biopsy)
  • Schedules and organizes meetings; types and sends general correspondence
  • Performs other related duties as required, including:
    • Organizes weekly research seminar series, orders food, organizes and introduces speakers, advertises by email and on website, etc.
    • Creates and handles financial paperwork to ensure services are paid for


  • Minimum Bachelor of Science or Licensed Health care worker, in combination with suitable experience in a clinical research environment; equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered
  • 1-2 years experience working with patients in a clinical/research setting or in a medical office environment or other customer service environment
  • Phlebotomy certification required
  • Knowledge of Clinical trials, training in Good Clinical Practices Guidelines (GCP) and International Council on Harmonization Guidelines (ICH) preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly developed sense of tact and diplomacy; ability to work successfully with a diverse group of people
  • Evidence of strong analytical skills, ability to coordinate multiple tasks and projects
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Applications; knowledge of electronic database would be an asset

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.