Research Technician I/II

University Health Network - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Research Technician I/II 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.

We are seeking a Research Technician I/II to join our translational research team at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Our research is focused on studying metabolic dependencies of leukemia stem cells and how these dependencies can be exploited to develop novel therapies for leukemia patients. The position is in a new laboratory at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre; therefore, the candidate will have the opportunity to help establish standard lab practices while working closely with the principal investigator. If desired, this position has the potential to grow into a laboratory manager role over time.

The candidate will be expected to perform laboratory experiments, maintain experimental notes, and help interpret and analyze data. Specifically, the candidate will perform various assays on primary human leukemia specimens including but not limited to metabolic analysis, western blotting, flow cytometry, and gene expression analysis. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for ordering, monitoring and maintaining laboratory inventories of biological/chemical agents, supplies, and animals; as well as maintaining records of safety training and other health and safety paperwork. The ideal candidate will be well-organized, a good communicator, and enjoy working as part of a research team. The lab is situated in the Princess Margaret Cancer Research Tower, part of a rich and vibrant scientific community.


Bachelor’s degree, or recognized equivalent, in biological science or related field
2 years related experience is desirable but not essential
Experience with handling and conducting experiments with mice, or a willingness to learn is essential
Experience in flow cytometry is desirable
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to work in a team and independently
Willingness and ability to learn new techniques

Roles and Responsibilities

Conduct research and record results
Ensure the smooth daily operation of an active research lab
Order and expedite supplies
Maintain equipment
Maintain lab inventory of supplies and reagents
Implement new laboratory techniques and technical developments
Utilize various software and web-based tools for research and laboratory organization

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.