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Research Technician I - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Research Technician
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Diagnostic Development
Reports To: Scientific Associate
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week
Status: Full-time, Temporary (~12 months)

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking an experienced Research Technician with a focus on molecular pathology, histology and tissue-based research.

Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, the Research Technician will be involved in tissue-based research in Oncology and in the development of assays, and adapting these techniques to meet research and development goals. This person will be responsible for organizing experiments and tracking samples, carrying out histopathological analyses, and delivering results that are suitable for accurate interpretation, observing high health, quality and safety standards. Position is especially suited for self-motivated individuals with the ability to learn quickly and work independently.


• Plans, implements and coordinates aspects of data collection;
• Participates in initial project design, setting of research goals, selection and development of procedures;
• Participates in mid to high-level data analysis, including application of statistical analysis techniques using standard software;
• Assists in interpretation of results and preparation of material for presentation, publication and/or grants;
• Assesses literature in the field of study;
• May perform study-related administrative tasks. Compiles data from related and/or unrelated sources;
• Determines next phase of testing/experimentation, identifying appropriate protocol and techniques;
• Communicates findings to other lab members and maintains records of experimental data.


• MSc and 3 years of experience in histopathology in a research setting OR Medical Laboratory Technology certification and 5 years of experience in histopathology in a research setting;
Must have at least 3 years of experience in histopathology and molecular techniques – RNA/DNA extraction, PCR, FISH, IHC etc on both fresh and FFPE samples;
• Working knowledge of automated instrumentation associated with IHC (ie. Ventana Benchmark, Leica Bond etc) is preferred;
• Experience with brightfield and fluorescence microscopy, imaging and analysis is an asset.

OICR is an innovative cancer research institute located in the MaRS Centre in the Discovery District in downtown Toronto. OICR is addressing significant challenges in cancer research with multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams. New discoveries to prevent, detect and treat cancer will be moved from the bench to practical applications in patients. The OICR team is growing quickly. We are innovative, dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals interested in being part of a culture of excellence that will result in Ontario being recognized internationally as a leading jurisdiction for cancer research.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at www.oicr.on.ca.

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

OICR is an inclusive employer dedicated to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Recruiter to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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