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Research Technician I - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Research Technician I
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Diagnostic Development
Reports To: Interim Co-Director, Diagnostic Development and Principal Research Scientist
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week
Status: Full-time, Temporary (1 year)

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a Research Technician I who possess relevant training in molecular biology to join the Diagnostic Development program. The program aims to develop personalized medicine approaches maximize the chances of positive outcomes for those experiencing cancer.

Learn more about working at OICR here.

Working under the direction of senior staff, the technician will be primarily involved in the molecular analysis of a key signaling pathways in various cancer clinical cohorts. This will include the extraction of DNA/RNA from formalin-fixed paraffin embedded human tissues and assessment of RNA/DNA quantity and quality. In addition, he/she will be expected to use light microscopy and digital imaging systems and learn key techniques in cancer histology. The successful candidate will collaborate with other staff and effectively communicate project-related information, as well as technical data to improve SOPs and procedures. He/she will also provide support to various ongoing projects within Diagnostic Development, communicate findings to other lab members.


Perform technical tasks in the field of omic-profiling using various multiplexed technologies on fixed tissue. Expertise in areas including molecular biology, gene expression, multiplex assays and next generation sequencing.

  • Molecular biology approaches working with DNA, RNA, and proteins;
  • Compiles experimental and analytical data, preparing reports; and
  • Maintain sample databases and records of experimental data.


  • BSc in molecular biology or related field;
  • Experience in working to GCLP standards and following SOPs;
  • Experience of carrying out DNA and/or RNA extractions using kits;
  • Experience of using Nanodrop. Qubit and other nucleic acid quantification assays to assess quantity and quality processed samples;
  • Experience of working with clinical formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills, including keeping excel spreadsheets up-to-date;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proven sense of team building and work ethics;
  • Desirable but not essential: experience of cancer histology, and using light microscopes and digital imaging systems e.g. Aperio.

OICR is a collaborative, not-for-profit research institute accelerating the development of new cancer research discoveries for patients around the world while maximizing the economic benefit of this research for the people of Ontario. We are dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals who share our values of excellence, innovation, collaboration, impact, responsibility and community.

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

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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