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Employment Opportunities Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Laboratory Manager

Job Number: 736057

Category: Management

Positions Available: 1

Years Experience Required: 5

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Posted Date: Aug 7, 2014



Laboratory Manager

Neurobiology of Depression and Aging Research Lab


Position Description:

The Neurobiology of Depression and Aging Laboratory is seeking a Laboratory Manager. This position will report to the Senior Scientist and Head of the laboratory, and will encompass planning, coordinating, and overseeing the laboratory operations.


In collaboration with scientists you will manage and oversee research programs focused on the neurobiology of depression and aging, and their associated cellular and molecular pathologies. Advanced knowledge and experience in quantitative research methodology in the field of molecular neuroscience is required. You will be expected to assist in writing for external grant funding, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and to develop collaborative research projects across the various clinical and research programs within and outside the Centre.


The Manager leads the development of problem solving and facilitative communications both intra and inter-departmentally. This includes creating opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations to advance the goals of the department and organization that includes fostering and building national and international relationships.


The Manager works collaboratively with Research Services management to facilitate the laboratory operation and also works cooperatively with other departments to meet and maintain institutional standards and departmental requirements including: Biosafety, Contract Development, Research Ethics Board, Animal Care committee, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology and Support Services. The Manager also supports the various sections of the Neurobiology of Depression and Aging Laboratory, including the Bioinformatics unit, in meeting and maintaining a wide range of institutional responsibilities.


The Laboratory Manager will assist the Head of the laboratory in building and developing a productive scientific team fully engaged in translational research, including the training, mentoring and supervision of staff and students from a wide range of disciplines. The Manager plays a key role in recruitment and directly supervises employees within the lab. You will be responsible for guiding project assignments, completing performance appraisals, assisting in training new students and laboratory technicians, purchasing and maintaining laboratory equipment and supplies, ensuring compliance with quality assurance processes and laboratory safety guidelines including maintaining a chemical, biohazard, radioactivity and equipment inventory, and allocating laboratory personnel and resources to different projects. You will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply: however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


This position is located at 250 College Street.


You possess a MSc degree in Neuroscience, Molecular Biology or Biology and a minimum of 5 years experience in a laboratory setting with progressive management experience OR the equivalent education and experience. Experience in basic research and a mental health environment are necessary. Previous experience implementing molecular biology experiments would be a definite asset. Previous administrative and management experience in a scientific setting is preferred.

The position requires strong leadership, management, and interpersonal skills, critical ability, flexibility, and initiative. Candidates will possess the ability for self-directed learning/working, as well as collaboration and teamwork. Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate and supervise varied complex scientific projects is required, project management and risk management training and experience would be a definite asset. Highly developed problem solving and negotiation skills are required to critically analyze, evaluate and resolve issues or problems related to research activities often involving diverse stakeholders. Previous experience in training and mentoring research staff would be advantageous.

Advanced knowledge and experience in quantitative research methodology is required. Extensive familiarity with the operation and maintenance of cellular, molecular and anatomical analysis equipment is essential. You have experience with the application and testing of a range of different molecular techniques in investigating the molecular pathology of neuropsychiatric disorders and of associated genetic rodent models. This includes working with and analyzing nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) and proteins, development and modification of laboratory protocols, tissue culture, and extracting RNA/DNA/protein from human and mouse brain samples. Demonstrated skills and abilities in preparing and coordinating research protocols is also required.

Candidates will also have a highly developed ability to review scientific literature and to conduct comprehensive literature reviews. The position also requires demonstrated ability in manuscript preparation and research grant proposals, including the ability to explain complex issues in plain language both verbally and in writing.

Proficiency with computer programs including MS Office, Excel, Access, SPSS, plus current bioinformatics programs is required. Knowledge of public biotechnology website and repositories would be definite assets.

Candidates require the ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Bilingualism (French/English) or proficiency in a second language would be an asset.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply: however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Please note:              This full-time, permanent position is NOT part of any bargaining Unit.


Salary range:             Competitive Salary and Benefits


Please click the link below to apply.



CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.


CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.


As an employment equity employer CAMH actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, (including people with who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.

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