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Research Technician I - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Research Technician
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Diagnostic Development
Reports To: Team Lead
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week
Status: Full-time, Temporary (one year)

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a Research Technician who possesses relevant training in histology and molecular biology techniques to join the Tissue Portal within the Diagnostic Development program. The Tissue Portal provides support to multiple cancer research projects by providing high quality sample processing. The team aims to assist the development of personalized medicine approaches to maximize the chances of positive outcomes for those experiencing cancer.

Working under the direction of the Team Lead, the Research Technician will contribute to various projects within Diagnostic Development. This will include sample reception, basic histology of frozen and formalin-fixed paraffin embedded human tissues, the extraction of DNA/RNA from human tissues and assessment of DNA/RNA quantity and quality. In addition, they will be expected to use light microscopy, use digital imaging systems and learn key aspects cancer histology. The work will be based on standard operating procedures (SOPs) and follow defined-quality control/assurance instructions and comply to good clinical laboratory practice (GCLP).

The Research Technician will interact with other staff regularly and exchange project-related information to improve SOPs and procedures. The Research Technician will also provide support to various ongoing projects, communicate findings to other lab members and maintain sample databases and records of experimental data, as well as laboratory facilities. They will apply advanced technical knowledge and organizational skills to perform the duties outlined above.


• Completion of a relevant undergraduate degree (for example, Bachelor of Sciences) or technical program degree (for example, Advanced Biotechnology);
• One year experience of working in a research laboratory and following SOPs;
• Experience receiving and tracking laboratory samples;
• Experience with histological techniques such as microtomy and staining;
• Experience of carrying out DNA and/or RNA extractions using commercial kits;
• Experience of using Nanodrop and Qubit to assess quantity and quality of nucleic acid samples;
• Experience of working with clinical samples under GCLP guidelines;
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team;
• Attention to detail and strong organizational skills, including keeping databases current;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Proven sense of team building and work ethics.

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.

POSTED DATE: August 24, 2017
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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