Microsurgical Research Technologist (Research Technician II)
University Health Network
Toronto, ON
University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Microsurgical Research Technologist (Research Technician II) in our Multi-Organ Transplant Department.

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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.

A Microsurgical Research Technologist position is available in the Multiorgan Transplant Research Laboratories at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada. Our laboratory is an integral part of the world-renowned Multiorgan Transplant Program, the largest solid organ transplant program in North America. Our research involves studies of inflammation, immune tolerance and cellular immunology in the context of organ transplantation. The successful candidate will be a collaborative member of a team investigating immune and inflammatory mechanisms in organ transplantation using rodent models.

Responsibilities include: performing heterotopic heart transplantation in mice and rats; animal necropsy using microsurgical techniques to obtain specimens for flow cytometry, histology, and RNA/protein extraction; management of animal breeding program; maintaining accurate records of procedures, animals, and inventories; participating in data analysis and manuscript preparation; attending and participating in laboratory meetings; training research fellows and graduate students in microsurgical techniques as appropriate.

  • At minimum, completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in immunology, biological sciences or other related discipline
  • At minimum, 3 years’ experience as a technician
  • Experience in the following techniques is required: microsurgical, animal handling, qPCR, cell culture
  • Experience in following techniques is an asset: mouse heterotopic heart transplantation or other rodent vascularized transplant models, flow cytometry, tissue staining, humanized mouse models, processing patient samples (tissue and blood), molecular cloning and experience with good manufacturing practices
  • Self-motivated, reliable, detail-oriented, collaborative, excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Computer skills: Microsoft office proficiency required, experience with Graphpad prism, Adobe illustrator, Flowjo or R an asset
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communications skills
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.