Research Assistant
Centre universitaire de santé McGill
Montréal, QC
Job Description

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is a world-renowned biomedical and hospital research centre. Located in Montreal, Quebec, the Institute is the research arm of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. The RI-MUHC is supported in part by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS).

Position summary
We are seeking a Research Assistant to contribute to an exciting translational research program focused on the cell signaling mechanisms related to metabolism that contribute to cancer and critical illness.

The aim of the research is to understand how cells sense and respond to conditions where protein supply is lacking (critical illness), or where the protein-sensing mechanisms are not properly regulated (cancer). We use samples from patients to measure related physiological, cellular, and biochemical mechanisms, and to create reagents that help us identify novel diagnostics or therapeutics. The research is federally funded by two grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

General Duties
The Research Assistant’s primary responsibility will be to curate clinical data and samples, conduct biological assays, and contribute to student supervision.

Specific duties include the following:
  • Design and perform experiments and assays, analyze data,
  • Supervise and train students,
  • Collaborate with other lab members and external collaborators,
  • Assist with the preparation of reports, manuscripts and grant applications.
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Education / Experience
  • Master’s degree in Science
  • Previous experience working in a laboratory setting,
  • Proficiency in cell culture (transformed and primary cell lines),
  • Proficiency in the measurement of protein levels and activity (Western blot, ELISA, Flow cytometry),
  • Proficiency in the measurement of RNA and DNA levels, experience with array technologies is an asset,
  • Proficiency in the measurement of metabolites (NMR, mass spectrometry, HPLC) could be an asset,
  • Proficiency in French and English.
Additional information
Status : Temporary Full Time (8 month contract)
Pay Scale : commensurate with experience and qualifications: $36,000 – $40,000 annual, plus fringe benefits.
Work Shift : 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays to Fridays (35-hour workweek).
Work Site : Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Glen site, 1001 Decarie blvd.

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NOTE: The masculine gender has been used for brevity and includes the feminine gender.
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