Clinical Research Associate
BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS - Vancouver, BC

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-Clinical Research Associate-
BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE)
Gender and Sexual Health Initiative (GSHI)

Please note: Only Canadian Citizens, legal residents or residents with a legal work permit will be considered.

STATUS: A casual position

JOB START DATE: As soon as possible

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

LOCATION: BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE)

JOB: Working within the HIV/AIDS research team under the Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator of the GSHI Project to perform patient care and participate in the management of education, pre/post-test counseling, and follow-up outreach with marginalized women (e.g. women living with HIV, refugee/immigrant women, women working in sex work, both on and off the street). Collects, transcribes and organizes study-related data.

ORGANIZATION: The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS currently employs a team of Statisticians, Programmers, Data Managers, Clinical Research Assistants, Data Analysts and Data Entry Clerks who work collaboratively on cohort-based epidemiological and clinical studies. The BC-CfE is a world-renowned HIV/AIDS research centre including Research Laboratory, Clinical Trials, Drug Treatment Program, Epidemiology and Professional Education Programs.


  • Collects specimens.
  • Conducts interviews for the purpose to fulfill study protocol requirements.
  • Collects research related data from participants, medical records, client charts, etc.
  • Transcribes data from medical records onto clinic or research charts and case report forms.
  • Collects back-up source documentation as required.
  • Confers with study participants to explain purpose of study and obtain informed consent.
  • Conducts HIV/STI testing and pre/-post-test counseling.
  • Explains procedures and/or treatment plans to alleviate patient and/or family concerns.
  • Initiates/coordinates laboratory procedures and treatments.
  • Inquires by phone or in person regarding new symptoms and provides guidance, referring to clinic and community physicians, as necessary.
  • Maintains appropriate record keeping and research charts.
  • Confers with other health care professionals as necessary (i.e. HIV providers, general practitioners).
  • Contributes to ongoing research participant recruitment and outreach efforts.
  • Assists in tracking efforts to bring participants back for follow-up interviews or testing.
  • Ensures potential participants meet criteria for study entry.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality related to participant identification and release of research data.
  • Keeps the Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator informed of any study related problems or trends in research data.
  • Other related duties as required.


  • RN (BScN preferred)
  • Two years minimum experience working in a busy academic, clinical healthcare setting preferred
  • Knowledge of and participation in community-based research considered an asset
  • Current registration with CRNBC
  • Current CPR Certificate
  • HIV Pre/Post Test Counseling training and CRNBC STI Management Certification
  • Knowledge of current research regulatory guidelines and standards is preferred
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with study participants, including strong interviewing skills, and ability to establish rapport, and assess situations and respond accordingly.
  • Knowledge and skill in recruiting and screening potential study participants.
  • Knowledge and skill in the techniques, procedures and principles for the collection of blood and urine samples, e.g. HIV/STI.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of medical terminology, completing research questionnaires, reviewing and collecting data from charts and maintaining related records
  • Ability to manage multiple duties, work independently and within a team
  • Class 5 BC Driver’s License is an asset


  • Experience working in gender, sexual health, and HIV/AIDS and marginalized populations, including sex workers, Indigenous and new immigrant/migrant communities.
  • Experience working in community-based organizations/community based research.
  • Knowledge of current sex work policy issues and broader gender, sexual health and HIV/AIDS.
  • We encourage those living with HIV, of Aboriginal ancestry and with sex work experience to apply.
  • The BC-CfE is an equal opportunity employer: GSHI is committed to GIWA/MIWA principles.

Please include in your letter of submission:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter – applications submitted without a Cover Letter will not be considered.
  • Salary Expectation and Availability

CONTACT: c/o Andrea Simmonds-Coleman, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Vancouver, BC

Closing Date: August 10, 2014