Job Posting #901336
Research Technician I
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Radiation Medicine Program
$24.85 to $31.07 per hour (Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy)
20 hours per week
University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Research Technician I in the Radiation Medicine Program.
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The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.
University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research across UHN's five research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.
As an integral member of the Radiation Medicine Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the responsibilities of the Research Technician I include: receiving, sorting and processing specimens following established procedures and guidelines; completing assigned workload to ensure the efficient operation of the laboratory; preparing, handling and dispensing reagents, medias and solutions, as required; preparing specimens referred out to other testing sites; maintaining responsibility for inventory and supply control; performing other duties relating to specimen management; maintaining quality control standards in assigned area; demonstrating understanding of the operational theories/procedures, performance characteristics of instruments/equipment to facilitate the effective and efficient operation of assigned area; efficient use of laboratory equipment and supplies; participating in communication activities to maintain and continually enhance the co-operation and coordination of services with other laboratory staff in the assigned area; participating in professional development, teaching/education activities, safety and quality improvement programs to ensure excellence in the provision of services; observing and understanding Hospital and departmental policies and procedures; adhering to Hospital and departmental mission and value statements while maintaining and protecting patient confidentiality; performing cross-functional duties, as assigned or requested; performing other responsibilities consistent with the job classification, as required.
The project and responsibilities involve coordinating with the sarcoma surgeons and pathologists at the
Mount Sinai Hospital to acquire fresh biobank human cancer specimen. Processing and treating this
samples at the C-lab space, then incubating them within lab-on-chips. The viability of the tumor
specimen will then be assessed using microscopy and quantification of media molecular outputs. Finally,
the remaining tumor specimen will be formalin fixed and paraffin embedded at the end of 2 weeks. The
aim of the project is to derive pre-clinical proof-of-concept data on the feasibility and viability of treating
and culturing human cancer specimen for up to 2 weeks. Up to 20 tumor specimens will be processed
during this project.
- At minimum a BSc or equivalent in Life Science
- Basic tissue culture techniques are required
- Basic knowledge of histology-pathology laboratory testing, techniques, methods and procedures
is an asset
- Willing to learn basic radiation, cold plasma treatment and lab-on-chip tissue manipulation
- Must have basic data entry skills
- Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and keep up with rapidly changing daily
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as an effective member of an interdisciplinary
- Must possess good communication skills (verbal, written and presentation)
- Demonstrated knowledge of standard software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite)
- Demonstrated good attendance record
- Ability to work independently and accurately under strict timelines
- Ability to work effectively as a team member
Ability to stand, walk, stoop, bend, lift unassisted, push and reach without any physical discomfort on a continuous basis.
Mask, gloves and other protective clothing may be worn to protect against chemical and other hazards.
Fine motor dexterity required for keyboarding.
Work is performed in an environment that which is common to a laboratory setting.
Exposure to chemical waste, bio-hazardous and radioactive materials and/or potentially infectious disease(s).
Exposure to and the potential to inhale odors biological and chemical solvents.
Exposure to potentially infectious specimens.
Exposure to body fluids.
Some work performed in sterile areas and in fume hoods.
Compliance with Body Substance Precautions provisions.
Compliance with sanitary, sterilization and infection control requirements.
Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.
If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.
June 23, 2022 Closing Date: Until Filled
For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.
University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.