Research Asst/Tech 3

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Job ID:

Vancouver - Hospital Site

Employment Group:
Technicians & Research Assists

Job Category:
Non Union Research/Technical

Classification Title:
Research Asst/Tech 3

Business Title:
Research Asst/Tech 3

Faculty of Medicine

Child Family Health Initiative

Salary Range:
$23.09 (minimum) - $25.19 (midpoint) - $27.28 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:

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Funding Type:
Budget Funded


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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

The Technician Research Assistant (TRA) 3 will perform routine duties in flow cytometry core facility at BC Children's Hospital Research (BCCHR). This technician will support the after hour sorting and on-call needs for flow cytometery core. The position is based at the BCCHR. The laboratory is a state-of-the-art research facilities with all required safety precautions already in place.

Organizational Status

This person will report directly to the Manager, Core Technologies and Services on a regular basis especially covering for after-hour sorting needs or providing additional support to flowcore on an on-call basis. This person will also assist and interact with fellows, students, technicians, and other staff in BCCHR and other research institutes.

Work Performed

Duties include: consulting, designing, directing, performing, analyzing and supervising experimental procedures involving flow cytometry; solving complex technical problems; assessing and evaluating fluorescence labelled antibodies for different equipment application; maintaining and performing routine quality control on multiple items of equipments; sorting cells and advising on data collection; training and overseeing use of all flow cytometers; supervising data analysis by different software programs (e.g. FACSDiva, CellQuest Pro, FlowJo, etc.); troubleshooting problems with equipment and data analysis.

Supervision Received

This person will work largely independently after receiving appropriate training and orientation.

Supervision Given

This person will not have any supervisory role but may be required to train any personnel wishing to use the flow cytometers and will ensure that all personnel adhere to set protocols to avoid damaging equipment.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

This person must be able to pay attention to details. Most of the procedures will require following a protocol already in place; however, there is room for innovative thinking to improve upon existing protocols and to provide input into the direction of the project. Errors in judgment may result in insufficient progress of research projects, thereby adversely affecting funding for studies. Inappropriate handling of interactions and communications can create embarrassment for the Labs and Departments in dealings with faculty, students, University, affiliated hospitals, patients, business affiliates, and the public. The position is not required to make important decisions, but tact and discretion are necessary.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Masters degree in biological sciences preferred. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with flow cytometry is mandatory and prior experience in immunology will be an asset. Good knowledge of setting up and optimizing experiments for flow cytometry are desirable. Computer experience required. Basic understanding on various models of flow cytometers, eg. FACS Aria, Fortessa, LSR2, Astrios, etc. Good working knowledge of how to design and set up multi-colour flow cytometry experiments. Ability to use common flow cytometry analysis software (FACSDiva, CellQuest Pro, FlowJo and FCSExpress), as well as effectively use of word processing and spreadsheets. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to deal with a diversity of people in a calm, courteous, and effective manner. Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and effectively resolve. Ability to exercise tact, discretion and confidentiality in all matters. Ability to work both independently and in harmony with others within a team environment. Ability to work a flexible schedule and after hours, as required.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.