Research Contracts Specialist (Research Institute)

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Research Contracts Specialist (Research Institute)
Research Institute of the MUHC
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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).

Position summary
Under the general supervision of the Director, Business Development and Contracts Office of the RI-MUHC, the incumbent is responsible for drafting, reviewing, negotiating contracts and agreements, legal documentation and performing general administrative duties in the Contracts Office for the research community of the RI-MUHC.

General Duties
• Reviews research agreements for clinical and non-clinical research projects,
• Chooses or drafts appropriate contract templates to a high professional standard and in conformance with current guidelines, based on analysis of the scope of collaborations, agreements and studies,
• Negotiates legal clauses and budgetary requirements with external clients of the RI-MUHC in order to resolve any contractual issues,
• Analyses the implications and repercussions of legal clauses or potential liability exposure of certain contractual clauses in order to ensure the protection of the RI-MUHC and the investigators,
• Ensures that contract language conforms with internal IP policies
• Provides contractual advice and service and acts as a facilitator and resource to clinicians, researchers, study coordinators and sponsors,
• Contacts various private and/or public bodies within the framework of the required procedures, engages in ongoing communication with all stakeholders and solves conflicts that arise during contract negotiations,
• Establishes best legal practices and procedures in order to ensure compliance with guidelines, laws, etc., in collaboration with the members of the Contracts Office,
• Establishes excellent collaboration with internal departments within the RI-MUHC,
• Liaises with legal counsel as applicable,
• Plans and executes complex administrative assignments related to the administration of the Contracts Office,
• Updates and maintains a central registry for the initiation and monitoring of all research agreements,
• Performs closeout processes of fully executed contracts, as needed.

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Education / Experience

• Bachelor of Law degree (no requirement to be a member of the Quebec Bar Association),
• Proven experience reviewing legal contracts and agreements in the Life Sciences sector,
• Ability to work under pressure, manage strict deadlines and multiple priorities workload,
• Excellent understanding intellectual property laws,
• Ability to work in a team environment where constructive feedback to/from colleagues is encouraged, however, can also work independently and autonomously.
• Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint),
• Experience in solving legal questions using research and problem-solving skills,
• Excellent French and English language skills, written and spoken,
• Solid verbal and written communication skills,
• Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills,
• Demonstrates diplomacy, discretion and good judgment,
• Ability to be pro-active and take the leading role in negotiations with external clients.

• Bachelor’s or M.Sc., degree in a Science discipline is desired,
• A minimum of five (5) years experience in research contracts negotiation, preferably in a Health Care-related or University environment
• Knowledge of the health network environment.

Additional information

Status: Full-time
Pay Scale: Commensurate with experience and skills.
Work Shift: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays to Fridays
Work Site: Downtown Montreal (2155 Guy Street)

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NOTE: The masculine gender has been used for brevity and includes the feminine gender.

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