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Research Assistant II - Dept of Medicine Research

September 17 2021
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Health, Medical, Health, Medical, Medical research
Toronto, ON

The Options Collaboratory ( is currently looking for a dynamic team player with excellent problem-solving, computer and communication skills to fill a new position as a Research Assistant II. Our lab is an interdisciplinary research team dedicated to bringing together community, academic, clinical, and policy partners to find and implement new and better options for the treatment and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We are housed within the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions ( and conduct clinical and implementation science research within the Division of Infectious Diseases at St. Michaels Hospital. Since February 2020, our lab has also led clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in the field of HIV and STIs, and a solid foundation of knowledge in the health sciences on which to build. The primary task for this role will be to conduct chart reviews (including both electronic and paper records) from our clinic’s large population of HIV pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis patients. The RA will also participate in data cleaning, data analysis, interpretation of results and generation of knowledge translation outputs. The Research Assistant may also be given graduated responsibility in tasks related to the implementation of clinical trials and clinical research studies in the field of HIV and STIs. These tasks require exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail and communication skills, as well as a solid understanding of health research in the field of infectious diseases and public health.

The Research Assistant will interact on a regular basis with our existing diverse team members, including the Principal Investigator, research coordinators, students, and post-doctoral fellow. Because our lab works with historically disadvantaged populations including gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, ethnocultural minorities, and other historically marginalized populations, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated familiarity and comfort working with these populations. Candidates must demonstrate a firm commitment to anti-oppression principles.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Meticulous attention to detail in conducting chart reviews
  • Collection, transcription and entry of clinical data into a study database
  • Limited processing of data
  • Maintenance of up-to-date study documentation both in hard copy and soft copy
  • Office duties including filing, faxing, mailing, coordinating meetings, etc.
  • Literature searches related to HIV and STI treatment and prevention
  • Interacting with numerous team members including investigators, clinical staff, students and other collaborators
  • Assisting in the preparation and submission of academic manuscripts and conference abstracts


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science or other related discipline
  • Minimum 1 year’s work experience in a research setting
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Database and internet skills a minimum)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of medical and scientific terminology
  • Exceptional attention to detail and proven ability to learn new skills
  • Flexibility to adapt to a changing workload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of harm reduction and anti-oppression
  • Familiarity and comfort working with gay, bisexual and other MSM and other marginalized populations
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team network