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Ethics Officer

Université McGill

This is a Contract position in Montreal, QC posted November 23, 2022.

Position Summary:
The Ethics Officer serves the McGill research community by providing expert advice and guidance on regulatory agency and University policies, guidelines, and procedures for research involving human participants. The incumbent is integral to the operation and reviewment of the Research Ethics Office, a unit of Research and Innovation (R+I). The Ethics Officer provides direct support to multiple Research Ethics Boards while also facilitating and overseeing the research ethics submission and review process. Additional responsibilities include: the planning, development, and implementation of administrative processes and supporting policies for the unit; the development of standards, practices and systems; the development and delivery of educational sessions; and liaising with other University units and with external organizations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate, review, enhance and promote R+I’s services in support of research involving human participants.
  • Oversee the submission, review, revision, and approval process of research proposals involving human participants in the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and engineering disciplines.
  • Oversee processes of full board and delegated reviews, including the pre-determination of review level and assignment of reviewers in consultation with the unit supervisor and/or REB chairs, as required.
  • Ensure all review actions—such as delegated reviews, amendments, and renewals—are tracked and reported to four REBs and their subcommittees.
  • Train, delegate to, and review work of the Ethics Review Administrator.
  • Develop and implement guidelines, policies, and operating procedures for the REBs.
  • Develop and deliver ethics education sessions.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of training materials for the online submission system.
  • Provide support to REB members and researchers in the use of the online submission system.
  • Provide guidance and support to REB chairs and members on a variety of complex and sensitive subjects.
  • Undertake in-depth analysis of files and complex issues related to research involving human participants, articulate alternatives, and recommend courses of action.
  • Provide expertise and advice to researchers, as well as their Faculties and departments, on research ethics and related issues.
  • Participate in the implementation of policies and new initiatives that support the strategic direction of the Research Ethics and Compliance Office by keeping abreast of new developments and trends, specifically in areas such as external agency regulations.
  • Interpret regulations and policies governing human participant research, and help ensure the University, the REBs, and the researchers are compliant.
  • Advise researchers on the interpretation of external regulations and University and REB policies, providing guidance to researchers on the preparation of proposals and responses to REB review queries.
  • Assess and approve modifications to REB applications, follow-up with researchers on incomplete responses, and verify for final approval in consultation with supervisor and/or REB chair, as required.
  • Compile statistics and data for inclusion in University and external reports, review and oversee the production of publications and other materials.
  • Liaise with internal departments and external agencies.
  • Draft review letters for researchers.
  • Attend internal and external meetings and conferences as a representative of the Research Ethics and Compliance Office, as required.
  • Participate in special projects.

Demonstrated organizational skills to work in a fast-paced office environment with time-critical deadlines. Proven ability to prioritize and multitask. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both English and French. Proven customer service skills to ensure the highest level of service to the research community. Proficiency in using the Microsoft Office Suites (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access – web and desktop). Specific knowledge of McGill administrative systems (Banner, Minerva, InfoEd) an asset. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures related to human ethics and familiarity with fields relevant to research with human participants an asset. Strong communication and organizational skills. A self-directed team player eager to learn and expand skillsets.


Salary: 65500.00-98240.00