Job Posting # 898806
Position: Scientific Associate I
Site: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, MaRS Tower
Reports to: Principal Investigator
Pay Scale: $60,752 to $75,930 per annum (Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy)
Hours: 35 hours per week
Status: Permanent Full-time
University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Scientific Associate I in our Research Department.
Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.
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.
The Scientific Associate I will primarily be involved in laboratory studies of new cancer treatments with a high potential for translation to the clinic. This will require advanced knowledge of laboratory-based research methods, including but not limited to tissue culture, western blotting, RT-qPCR and immunohistochemistry. Prior experience with animal experiments in mice is essential. The Scientific Associate will be expected to oversee the running of the lab, including ensuring accurate recording of experimental data; maintaining lab inventories of biological/chemical agents, supplies, animals and/or equipment; maintaining records of safety training and other health and safety paperwork.
The Scientific Associate will have excellent competency in written and verbal communications and be expected to assist with manuscripts and grant applications. The ability to work with people from different disciplines and with varying levels of scientific and technical expertise is required.
A PhD in the biological sciences
At a minimum, one (1) year of related biomedical laboratory research experience
Strong background and relevant experience handling mice and conducting animal experiments, including basic animal surgical procedures (injection techniques, tissue excisions, blood collection)
Excellence in 2D mammalian cell culture and bioassays (Western blotting, RT-qPCR, immunohistochemistry)
Knowledge in bioinformatics preferred
Excellent problem recognition and problem-solving
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Ability to set priorities and work independently with accuracy in a fast-paced multitasking environment
Strong proficiency with MS Office software, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
Apply advanced scientific research knowledge and advise on new research direction and study design
Ensure the smooth daily operation of the research lab
Oversee the implementation of new laboratory techniques and technical developments
Oversee other lab personnel
Train staff and students on established and new procedures
Perform data analysis and interpretation, which may involve biostatistical and bioinformatic approaches
Assist with the preparation of manuscripts and grant applications
At all times, the individual is expected to support the overall mission of the program. There is a strong clinical collaboration including patient data analysis and sample collection. The applicant will be expected to participate in the establishment of patient derived tumor models which are a unique asset to our laboratory research group.
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.
Posting Date: May 12, 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.
UHN 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.