Research Associate - Cancer Solutions

Community Based Research · Sudbury, Ontario
Department Community Based Research
Employment Type Temporary Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation To commensurate with experience


Health Sciences North Research Institute

Two-Year Full-time Contract

Position Summary


This is an opportunity for a scientifically creative, data-inclined individual with a strong clinical research background to further our emerging work in Cancer Solutions Research at Health Sciences North and Health Sciences North Research Institute. As the largest hospital in Northeastern Ontario, we have a unique set of demographic and geographic challenges that make our research opportunities unique, but widely applicable to other care settings. We are well positioned to work with local partners and other hospitals across Northern Ontario to develop localized clinical solutions grounded in evidence-based research.


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to design research projects, craft grant proposals, develop study protocols along with clinical research staff, and assist in robust knowledge dissemination activities including the preparation of manuscripts conference abstracts carried out under the direction of the Cancer Solutions Leads. Key to these projects are training to develop clinical research methodology, interpret clinical data, facilitating significant data sharing and stewarding projects to knowledge dissemination.


The Research Associate – Cancer Solutions provides an interface between students and Cancer Solutions Co-Leads in order to ensure the efficient functioning of research programs while at the same time building their own research to become an independent researcher.



  1. Plans and carries out clinical research projects focused in oncology, and analyzes the data obtained from these experiments.
  2. Assists in the training of trainees and answers questions regarding research projects. Provides advice or functional guidance of a specialized nature to students and trainees.
  3. Writes documents and manuscripts including, but not limited to reports for various initiatives, grant applications, protocols, SOP’s, AUP’s, etc.
  4. Prepares and reviews grants from research group prior to submission.
  5. Facilitates the collaboration between students, trainees, and other medical staff.
  6. Synthesizes clinical data into coherent research programs.
  7. Determines equipment and software needs and orders appropriate equipment for the program.
  8. Attends research meetings with Co-Leads and research team.
  9. Builds an independent research program.
  10. Assists in the presentation of research results.
  11. Conducts data analyses, modelling, mining, data entry and dissemination.
  12. Performs other related duties, as required.



 Education and Experience


  • Education: PhD (preferably in oncology).
  • Experience: Minimum of 2 years related experience post PhD.
  • Research experience in clinical research.
  • Experience in grant writing and in medical writing.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of: current Microsoft Windows environment, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, GraphPad, databases, SPSS, SAS, R, RedCap, Modelling software, Adobe Illustrator and other specialized software required.
  • Training and knowledge in oncology and tumour biology are considered an asset.
  • Strong knowledge or research funding opportunities, eligibility criteria, approaches to funding challenges, and required elements for grant applications.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Ability to work alone and in a team.
  • Ability to train undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and support residents and medical learners in research design and methodology.
  • Requires extensive knowledge gained through in-depth involvement in a complex technical/professional field and requires broad experience in several fields such as:
    • Troubleshooting, creativity, patience, multitasking, and a clear understanding of the field of study.
  • Knowledge on health and safety policies, tri-council policies on research, research ethics with regards clinical trials considered an asset.
  • Ability to communicate using appropriate scientific terminology (ex: grants, manuscripts, reference letters, protocols, SOPs)
  • Understanding of how to properly apply statistical analysis; must be able to interpret results and determine appropriate statistical test.
  • Ability to apply scientific method in an independent manner.
  • Problem solving regarding issues related to bench work, and facilities and equipment.
  • Job utilizes technology: capturing data, analysing data, disseminating data.
  • Ability and understanding on working with laboratory chemicals and materials/equipment.

Working Conditions


Health Sciences North (HSN) is one of Canada’s Top 40 research hospitals and Northern Ontario’s largest hospital. HSN is the tertiary care centre for Northeastern Ontario, affiliated with Laurentian University and its Northern Ontario School of Medicine. It has 4,000 employees, 500 medical staff members, 2,100 learners, and 700 volunteers. It ranks in the top 10% of North American hospitals on the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and its patient experience survey results are above the average of Ontario’s teaching hospitals on most indicators. The Regional Cancer Program ranks among Ontario’s top five regional cancer programs out of 14 on quality indicators.


Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI) was established in 2011 as an independent not-for-profit corporation. Designed to bring together researchers, clinicians, regional partners and industry, HSNRI is the affiliated research institute of Health Sciences North. HSNRI and the work that is carried on within and outside of our walls is integral for HSN to achieve its strategic goal to strengthen our academic and research impact.


The organizations strive to support research efforts of researchers and medical staff that are favourably peer-reviewed, partially funded through external sources and involve collaborations. Support will include space and access to HSNRI scientists, inclusive of ICES North, statisticians, grant-writers and administrative staff. Collaborative research including, but not limited to Cancer Solutions, Healthy Aging, Cardiovascular Health, and Indigenous Health are being advanced.


HSN and HSNRI will be driven by their renewed purpose to provide high-quality health services, support learning and generate research that improves health outcomes for the people of Northeastern Ontario. In doing so, HSN and HSNRI will be patient and family-focused and digitally-enabled. They will be socially accountable, support and develop their people and strengthen their academic and research impact.



  • Typically a 37.5 hour work week. Schedule may vary to meet demands, may be required to work outside of regular working days/hours.

Application Deadline: Noon, April 19, 2021

HSNRI is committed to providing accessible employment practices, in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, and applicants are asked to make their needs known.


We wish to thank all applicants, however, only those invited for an interview will be contacted directly.


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  • Location
    Sudbury, Ontario
  • Department
    Community Based Research
  • Employment Type
    Temporary Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    To commensurate with experience