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Research / Lab Manager (TRAIL lab) 

Category Research  
Req Number RES-19-00030  
Department Bloorview Research Institute 

Work type Temporary Part-time 

Grade None Specified 

FTE 0.8 

Posting Close Date 09/20/2019 


TITLE: Research / Lab Manager (TRAIL lab)

CATEGORY: Research

DEPARTMENT: Bloorview Research Institute

WORK TYPE: Temporary (6 months)

FTE: 0.8 (4 days per week)

POSTING CLOSE DATE: September 20, 2019


We are seeking a temporary Research / Lab Manager (4 days per week) to work within the TRAIL lab, a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team investigating ways to enhance the inclusion and participation of children and youth with disabilities. The Research Manager, reporting to the Senior Scientist, will oversee the day-to-day management of the lab and staff; plan, co-ordinate and execute research within the TRAIL lab.

Potential for renewal depending on performance and funding.


Administrative research-related responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Principal Investigator (PI) regarding new research proposals, grant applications; preparation of reports, presentations, publications, other knowledge translation materials, and development and review of study protocols.
  • Ensure quality, integrity and security on all study related information and data
  • Prepare protocols for use
  • Design and develop data collection forms and/or questionnaires, interview guides etc.
  • Keep up-to-date with regulations and policies governing clinical research (e.g., TCPS2, ICH GCP, etc.)
  • Develop policies and procedures related to the research program, ensuring that external regulations and guidelines are followed
  • Oversee all submissions to Research Ethics Board (REB) and co-ordinate revisions and amendments
  • Oversee annual approval process and amend protocols and consents as required
  • Develop informed consent documents based on regulations, REB consent templates and institutional requirements
  • Manage research components on TRAIL lab webpages
  • Participate in audits, site visits and monitoring by regulatory bodies or industry sponsors
  • Supervise literature reviews and keep current with study literature
    • Develop study binders / research files (e.g., shared folders, relevant resources and literature) for TRAIL lab staff and research team to use and ensure they are up-to-date
  • Supervise database development and entry and/or transcribing of interviews
  • Ensure the quality of databases/transcriptions and supervise database cleaning, anonymization and data analysis
  • Develop and monitor timelines for existing studies, balancing the demands of multiple projects within the lab
  • For multi-center projects, management of the overall study, including selection, training and ongoing communications with all staff/trainees, other study sites / partners / collaborators and organizing team and working group meetings
  • Provide regular updates to larger team / partners
  • Co-ordinate communication within and between staff/partners/collaborators to ensure targets are achieved
  • Develop training programs as needed
  • Attend relevant departmental meetings or rounds to increase knowledge and understanding
  • Develop quality control guidelines for studies
  • Oversee purchases and maintenance of all research equipment, supplies, invoices etc.
  • Assist with overall TRAIL lab strategic planning, dissemination and community outreach
  • Asist with knowledge translation activities including design/development of promotional materials, reports, manuscripts, posters, presentations, lay summaries, infographics, and organizing stakeholder events (e.g., workshops, webinars, including ordering catering, organizing travel) etc.

Research participant related responsibilities

  • Oversee recruitment and participant contact
  • Oversee participant data collection / interviews and assessments as required by study protocols
  • Monitor adverse events or reactions, reporting to PI

Human resources and financial responsibilities

  • Recruit, train and supervise TRAIL lab staff, students / trainees, and volunteers
  • Assist PI/Senior Scientist in regularly monitoring staff performance, personnel issues, and annual performance assessments
  • Encourage and foster collaborative, inclusive, and productive relationships
  • Develop, manage and forecast study budgets and contracts
  • Develop in-services on study requirements


  • Master’s degree in Health, Social or Rehabilitation Sciences or a related field with a minimum of 4 years of research experience (i.e., relevant paid employment).
  • Strong background in health, social or rehabilitation sciences
  • Function independently, yet collaboratively within a team
  • Effective communication, interpersonal, facilitation, organizational and time management skills.
  • Holds self and others accountable for agreed upon deliverables
  • Strong leadership, management and mentoring skills (project management certification considered an asset). Champions a supportive learning environment that facilitates growth and development
  • Takes appropriate action to resolve workplace related issues and conflict
  • Displays agility in responding to change
  • Experience managing large-scale, multi-site projects with multiple, inter-disciplinary partners
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access) and willingness to learn other software as needed
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative research methods and statistical database platforms (e.g. REDCAP, SPSS, R etc.) and analysis
  • Excellent knowledge qualitative research methods and analysis (e.g., NVIVO)
  • Commitment to and support of the organizational mission and vision of Bloorview and TRAIL lab

Occasionally may require a flexible working schedule

About the Organization Join a world of possibility! Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth living with disability, medical complexity, illness and injury. Holland Bloorview is a top 40 Canadian research hospital that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and serves over 7,500 families annually. Providing both inpatient and outpatient services, Holland Bloorview is renowned for its expertise in partnering with clients and families to provide exceptional care and is the only organization to ever achieve 100 per cent in two successive quality surveys by Accreditation Canada.

Holland Bloorview has won numerous awards including Greater Toronto's Top Employers, Canada's Top Employers for Young People and Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures. We offer an inspiring, innovative, and collaborative work environment with competitive compensation and benefit packages and programs that support ongoing learning and professional growth.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fostering a climate of equity and diversity and welcomes and respects the diversity of our clients, families, staff, trainees, volunteers, trustees and partners. As part of our commitment to fair and equitable recruitment and selection practices, we encourage applications from racialized persons, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas within our community.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application by pressing the "Apply" button near the top of this page. Should you require accommodation during any stage in the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at or 416-425-6220.  

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