RI-MUHC: Clinical Research Educator, CANTRAIN

Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
5 July 2024
Canada-wide (Remote/Hybrid)
Closing Date
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


Job Number: J0624-1560
Job Title: Clinical Research Educator (CRE) - CANTRAIN (Research Institute)
Organisation: Research Institute of the MUHC
Job Category: Research and teaching
Job Type:Temporary, full time (35 hours per week)
Pay Scale:$54,327-$100,882.60/year. Commensurate with education and experience
Work Shift: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Work Location:5252 de Maisonneuve
• If resident of Montreal, QC: Hybrid, 2-days on-site at 5252 de Maisonneuve and 3-days teleworking.
• If non-resident of Montreal, QC: 5 days remote teleworking.
Open Positions: 3

Job Description

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is a world-renowned biomedical and hospital research centre. Located in Montreal, Quebec, the Institute is the research arm of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. The RI-MUHC is supported in part by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS).

CANTRAIN is a national clinical trial training program (CTTP) created in response to a call by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Its vision is to transform how Canadians are prepared to develop, conduct, engage in and benefit from clinical trial research. Its mission is to develop clinical trial research competency through an efficient training environment delivering cutting-edge, inclusive educational curricula.

CANTRAIN is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from Black, Indigenous and racialized people, people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities. CANTRAIN also recognizes the need for experience, knowledge and guidance from communities disproportionately affected by chronic or rare diseases.

Position summary
The CRE utilizes adult learning principles and instructional strategies to adapt, create, implement, and evaluate CANTRAIN educational programs. These programs aim to enhance clinical research competency, achieve high standards of regulatory compliance, facilitate ongoing clinical research professional development, and effectively engage with patients and community partners in clinical research.

CANTRAIN educational offerings are designed to cater to the diverse learning needs and preferences of post-graduated students, clinical research professionals, clinician researchers and patient and community partners. The CRE contributes to the ongoing clinical research educational program development and implementation, and addresses the multifaceted responsibilities inherent in different clinical research settings.

The role requires advanced clinical research knowledge, well-developed content writing skills and experience designing educational courses and programs.

General Duties

  • Apply appropriate adult learning principles and instructional strategies to adapt, create and implement learning modules and materials pertaining to clinical research for adult learners from diverse backgrounds.
  • Create course/module outlines, syllabi, learning objectives, etc. on a variety of topics in clinical research for different types of learners in different settings, including but not limited to academic health research centres, health authorities, etc.
  • Design associated educational activities, formative and summative assessments for different types of learners that are appropriate to the educational goals of the course and program.
  • Utilize a variety of knowledge transfer strategies to support integration of knowledge into practice.
  • Evaluate and modify educational content in order to enhance learner engagement and content mastery.
  • Collaborate with other members of the training stream team and subject matter experts (SMEs) to curate, adapt and create educational material pertaining to clinical trial conduct and professional skills.
  • Conduct learning needs assessments for diverse adult learners and clinical research roles, including post-graduated students, clinical research professional, clinician researchers and the public, Analyse and interpret the assessment results.
  • Support the implementation of the CANTRAIN training programs at clinical research sites.
  • Provides leadership to promote the educational program incorporating best practices, compliance with standards, guidelines, laws and requirements of regulatory agencies, credentialing agencies and professional organizations.

Program Implementation:

  • Navigate CANTRAIN’s learning management system (LMS) to streamline and oversee the learner registration, learning path undertakings and provide support to learners as needed,
  • Coordinate, implement and facilitate the delivery of CANTRAIN educational offerings for all training streams through the LMS at different clinical research sites as needed,
  • Collaborate with institutional clinical research leadership to identify institutional training needs and target learning outcomes.
  • Identify relevant institutional guidelines, protocols, policy and procedures and integrate CANTRAIN’s educational offerings to the institutional training system/programs.
  • Foster the development of teaching skills in others as well as support educational needs assessment.
  • Serve as a resource to all departments in the development of specific processes or training approaches to enhance learning and mastery.

Program Evaluation & Improvement:

  • Supports program evaluation by adopting both qualitative and quantitative methods to identify the best practices and gaps for program improvement.
  • Provides analytic feedback to CANTRAIN leadership to surface institutional concerns, needs or requirements for ongoing program improvement, including LMS implementation and training program quality, communication issues.
  • Implements a consultation process to meet the needs of internal stakeholders and institutional strategic goals pertaining to clinical research education and training.
  • Informs the clinical research community or institutions leadership of the effect and impact of CANTRAIN educational offerings with a supportive manner.

Education / Experience

Education: Bachelor's Degree
Field of Study: Health or life science

Advanced training in education or commensurate experience preferred.

Work Experience:
• Experience in a professional training program desired, experience developing, implementing, presenting, and evaluating training/educational programs, either in a higher education or a healthcare setting strongly preferred.
• >3 years of clinical research experience within an academic or hospital research environment.
• Other relevant experience in clinical research conduct or management.

Required Skills

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, take initiative and make independent decisions.
  • Knowledge of guidelines and regulations governing clinical research, Certificate demonstrating competency in Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2): Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and International Conference on Harmonization – Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP).
  • Current Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) or Association of Clinical Research Professionals certification (ACRP) an asset.
  • Working proficiency in both English and French an asset.
  • Customer service oriented with the ability to work well under pressure.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within Canada at least once per year to a maximum of 5 business days.


Why work with us?

  • 4-week vacation, 5th week after 5 years,
  • Bank of 12 paid days (personal days and days for sickness or family obligations),
  • 13 paid statutory holidays,
  • Modular group insurance plan (including gender affirmation coverage),
  • Telemedicine,
  • RREGOP (defined benefit government pension plan),
  • Training and professional development opportunities,
  • Child Care Centres,
  • Corporate Discounts (OPUS + Perkopolis),
  • Competitive monthly parking rate,
  • Employee Assistance Program,
  • Recognition Program,
  • Flex work options and much more!

To learn more about our benefits, please visit http://rimuhc.ca/en/compensation-and-benefits


Equal Opportunity Employment Program

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion within its community. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates who self-identify as members of racialized groups/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and 2SLGBTQIA+ persons. We also welcome candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may confidentially contact, research.talent@muhc.mcgill.ca