The Cell Processing Lab plays a central and crucial role in the Blood and Marrow Transplant program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and the Stem Cell Specialist at this facility exercises significant independent judgment, initiative and decision making, extreme accuracy and attention to detail, as well as the ability to adjust to a flexible and sometimes unpredictable work schedule. Working with blood products for patient transplant is highly demanding mentally, since it directly affects patient wellbeing and errors both technical and clerical, can be very detrimental and are for the most part unacceptable. The work requires specialized training and clinical grade sterility as well as a flawless tracking system both electronic and on paper in order to deliver optimum results in patient care. It also entails direct contact with biologically hazardous specimens and high risk chemicals.
The principal responsibilities include Patient screening, Cryopreservation of stem cell products, Storage and monitoring of products, thawing and reinfusion of stem cell products at patients’ bedside, coordination of fresh products arrival with couriers, and release and transplant with clinical staff, follow up and tracking of all products cryopreserved and infused, QC and QA for all processes, and equipment, assisting in the development and overall update of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and calibration protocols, assisting in bone marrow harvest in the Operating Room, handling and processing blood samples, and other responsibilities as assigned/required.
At minimum, completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences or recognized equivalent
Up to two (2) years of relevant experience
Experience in the Cell Processing Facility preferred.
Expertise working in clinical grade aseptic conditions; GMP/GLP standards and guidelines.
Experience with clinical transplant of different types of Hematopoietic Progenitor and Therapeutic cells, preferred
Must be able to meet physical requirements; occasionally lift objects up to 50 lbs
Ability to perform duties in a professional and courteous manner and produce high quality work while meeting deadlines in accordance to UHN standards
Exercise initiative and good judgement with ability to multi-task
Compliance with confidentiality requirements
Effective organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
Knowledge of applicable legislative, UHN and/or departmental policies
Client service oriented, with the ability to effectively work with diversity and appreciate that people with different opinions, backgrounds and characteristics bring richness to the challenge or situation at hand.
POSTED DATE: February 7, 2019 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.
University Health Network 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. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.