Research Coordinator – Benard Lab

Summary of Responsibilities

In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

Reporting to the Program Leader, the Research Coordinator performs a variety of duties within the Research Program to assist the Program Leader and Principal Investigators with research protocol implementation and accurate reporting of associated RO research outcomes.

Scope and Complexity

The Research Coordinator operates in a complex translational research environment where considerable judgment and problem solving is required to develop solutions to operational issues related to each study or project. This position co-ordinates the implementation of research protocols, including the development of research tools, and the organization of research subject recruitment and follow-up. The Research Coordinator participates as part of the inter-disciplinary team, with independent responsibilities, and the consequence for error associated with this position is high, requiring considerable independent responsibility and attention to detail. The Research Coordinator ensures processes and standards are in place to facilitate others to make sound decisions and ensure compliance with program research protocols.


Internal Contacts
The Research Coordinator provides research support to the Research Program including the Program Leader, Principal Investigators, and other members of the research teams. Other internal contacts include ongoing contact with a wide variety of staff at various levels within the Agency. The Research Coordinator provides and reviews information specific to research protocols to define, clarify and provide assistance to others to achieve established objectives.

External Contacts
External contacts include ongoing contact with a variety of outside individuals and agencies such as research protocol participants and research sponsors including RO research granting agencies. The Research Co-ordinator provides and receives information specific to the study to define and clarify and provide assistance to others to achieve established objectives.


  1. Follows standard research methods, department policies and established standards of practice to co-ordinate the subject recruitment, administration and follow-up phases of research protocols through methods such as reviewing records and verifying participant eligibility, defining strategies to enhance participant uptake, and ensuring accurate implementation of research protocols and subject participant.
  2. Captures research data and reports research outcomes through methods such as reviewing hospital records and reports and abstracting information. Completes research forms and documents. Corrects and updates any deficiencies through a variety of methods including contacting physicians, laboratories and/or other facilities. Coordinates the qualitative and quantitative analysis of outcomes by performing duties such as preparing draft summary reports and assessing and reporting clinical outcomes compared to standard grading scales.
  3. In collaboration with the Program Leader and Principal Investigators, completes and submits documents for “Ethics” review and maintains ongoing RO research protocol approvals as required by the BC Cancer Agency Research Ethics Board. Submits adverse event reports, amendments, annual renewals and general correspondence as required.
  4. Maintains research databases by performing duties such as designing and creating custom coding systems, securing and backing up data according to established procedures to ensure confidentiality, monitoring accuracy and completeness of information collected, and correcting and updating deficiencies.
  5. In collaboration with the Program Leader and /or Principal Investigators plans and prepares for external audits by performing duties such as organizing clinical charts, data summaries and regulatory material for review as required by the study sponsors and auditors. Assists in addressing any deficiencies and responding to audit recommendations.
  6. Collects, processes, transports and stores biological specimens as required by study protocol. Ensures the appropriate analysis of biological specimens is undertaken as required by study protocol. Corrects and updates any deficiencies through a variety of methods including contacting physicians, laboratories or other facilities.
  7. Assists in the planning of pilot studies in consultation with the Program Leader /Principal Investigators by providing information to assist in the determination of study feasibility including issues related to possible study costs, time requirements, quality of data and ease of data capture.
  8. Maintains knowledge of current developments in research studies through activities including reviewing relevant literature, consulting with other professionals and attending relevant education programs as requested and approved by the Program Leader /Principal Investigators. Conducts medline literature searches and literature reviews as required. Prepares a variety of reports for the Program Leader/Principal Investigators as required.
  9. Recommends new applications and procedures to the Program Leader /Principal Investigator which could contribute to the improvement of processes.
  10. Participates in preparing grant applications to a variety of external grant funding agencies
  11. Assists with the orientation of other Research staff as requested.
  12. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Graduation from a recognized Bachelor’s of Science program, preferably in the Health Sciences (Biology, Physiology, Nursing, Radiation Therapy, other).  One to three years recent related experience including experience coordinating a research project in an academic or health care setting or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.  Demonstrated research knowledge and familiarity with Medical Terminology.  Demonstrated organizational skills, and ability to work under time constraints, prioritize and meet deadlines. Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with others including the Program Leader, Principal Investigators and Research Program.   Demonstrated computer skills including the ability to work in an intermediate Microsoft Office environment utilizing a wide variety of software.  Ability to exercise initiative and maintain confidentiality. Demonstrated ability to learn and ability to work within an environment of changing priorities. Ability to multi-task in a busy clinical / translational research environment.   Ability to work efficiently with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to  – Please put “Research Coordinator – Benard Lab” and your family name in the subject line.