Research Technician
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Toronto, ON
The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a talented and highly motivated research technician to contribute to the development of a world-class multidisciplinary laboratory to conduct translational oriented research on tumorigenesis. The prospective candidate will participate in work aiming to elucidate the extrinsic selective pressures and cell-intrinsic mechanisms governing clonal dominance and cell transformation in healthy tissues and cancer-prone diseases, as well as in the developing of methodologies that enable the prediction of individuals at high risk for cancer development. You will work closely with the Principal Investigator on projects related to cancer genomics, epigenomics, and human aging in collaborations with basic, translational, and clinical researchers at the OICR, in the excellent research community of Toronto and internationally.

Working under the direction of the Principal Investigator, the Research Technician will perform routine and moderately complex laboratory functions and experiments. Duties include:

Supporting the day-to-day operations of the laboratory
Place orders and maintains inventories of supplies
Compiling data from related and/or unrelated sources
Conduct a variety of experimental tasks using wet-lab laboratory techniques
Sort and characterize cells using flow cytometry
Culture cell lines and mammalian primary cells
Processing primary cancer samples
Prepare libraries for next-generation sequencing
Help to develop, optimize and implement new sequencing techniques
Participating in data analysis and manuscript preparation
Facilitate interactions with internal and external collaborators

At minimum, completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a health or science-related discipline
At minimum, six (6) months related work experience in a laboratory setting (Individuals with more extended work experience are encouraged to apply)
A high degree of motivation, and reliability.
Ability to effectively work independently and as part of a team
Attention to detail and multi-task. Ability to handle multiple priorities.
Strong organizational skills
Good verbal and written communication skills
Problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
Technical knowledge and skills to perform routine and standardized laboratory research techniques and procedures are required (e.g. media preparation, manual pipetting, preparation of samples for downstream experiments, nucleic acids extraction and evaluation)
Experienced in cell culture techniques, flow cytometry, and PCR.
Strong understanding and interest in molecular biology, genomics, and cancer
Competency in computer skills. Preference will be given to individuals who have demonstrated programming and coding skills and are interested to combine wet-lab work with computational analysis
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 Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at

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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