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Quality Assurance and Sequencing Project Coordinator - Toronto, Ontario

Position:            Quality Assurance and Sequencing Project Coordinator
Site:                   MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department:      Genomics Technology Program
Reports To:        Program Manager
Salary:               Commensurate with level of experience
Hours:                35 hours/week
Status:               Full-time, Permanent

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a Quality Assurance (QA) and Sequencing Project Coordinator to join the Genomics Technology Program (GTP) to build and monitor quality assurance and control standards into sequencing operations, and to implement processes to facilitate the smooth progression of projects across Genomics and our partners, Tissue Portal and Genome Sequence Informatics (GSI), to deliver high quality, robust sequencing results to collaborators and customers. Working under the direction of the Program Manager, the Quality Assurance Coordinator will utilize technical and project management knowledge and skills to undertake the following responsibilities:

• Supervise resources assigned to QA/Quality Control (QC) projects (e.g., staff, students) – manages, develops and coaches; 
• Work with other GTP leaders and provide consultation on QA/QC aspects of project design and sequencing strategy;
• Communicate with internal and external collaborators  and clients;
• With guidance from the Program Manager, ensure appropriate project privacy and ethics approval documentation is collected;
• Track current QA/QC project progress and provide routine status reports to managers in the Genomics and GSI teams and to collaborators or customers;
• Accountable for successful delivery of QA/QC project objectives and milestones;
• Privacy Lead representative for GTP on the OICR Privacy Committee;
• Lead the development and implementation of processes for monitoring the quality of samples/library construction/sequencing operations (including metrics generation), and working with relevant GTP and GSI personnel to address quality concerns until resolution;
• Monitor and drive the progress of high-priority issue resolution, coordinating with relevant members to GTP and GSI primarily through the use of ticketing software;
• Lead or participate in quality initiatives within GTP, including the maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) across all GTP work streams;
• Monitor routine QA/QC measure already in place (e.g., review of lab books, sequencing reporting, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)).


• Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology or related specialty;
• At least four (4) years of experience (or requirement of two (2) years of experience if applicant has a Master of Science degree) working in a Genomics sequencing environment using next-generation sequencing protocols (hands-on and theoretical);
• Demonstrable experience in the coordination of sequencing projects from sample management to report generation;
• Experience in leading or coordinating quality assurance initiatives within a genome sequencing facility is strongly desired; 
• Project Management training-an asset;
• Supervisory or managerial experience preferred;
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team;
• Ability to troubleshoot experimental results in a timely manner;
• Attention to detail and strong organizational skills;
• Good verbal and written communication skills;
• Proven sense of initiative and team building.

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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