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Research Technical Assistant

University Health Network

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted July 17, 2021.

Job Posting 880278 Position: Research Technical Assistant Site: Princess Margaret Research Institute Department: Tumor Immunotherapy Program Reports to: Manager Pay Scale: $36,375
– $45,469 per annum (based on an annualized 35 hours per work week and commensurate with experience and consistent with the UHN Compensation Policy) Hours: 35 per week Status: Permanent Full-time University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Research Technical Assistant in our Tumor Immunotherapy Program.

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 to identify a qualified candidate to join our immune profiling team within the Tumor Immunotherapy Program (Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) The Research Technical Assistant utilizes general knowledge and skills to perform routine, somewhat repetitive standardized laboratory research techniques and procedures.

The successful candidate will be able to process clinical specimens within standard operating procedure guidelines, compile data from related and/or unrelated sources as well as communicate and maintain records of specimen/experimental data.

Duties will include processing of patient samples (blood and tissues), antibody titration, flow cytometry, media preparation, tissue culture, data logging as well as general laboratory upkeep and maintenance.

Outstanding organizational skills with the capacity to ensure proper compliance with research protocols and biological safety measures is mandatory.

Previous experience in a laboratory environment is strongly recommended.

Proficiency in English with excellent communication skills will be required.

The nature of this work requires flexibility in working hours and will require working afternoons and evenings.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, technically proficient, organized, and will work well in a team.

This opportunity will involve a one-year contract with an opportunity for extension.

Qualifications: At minimum, completion of a Community college diploma or Bachelor’s degree in a health-related discipline (or equivalent) At minimum, three (3) to six (6) months of experience handling biological specimens and in some or all of the following areas: oncology, immunology, cell culture, laboratory work, flow cytometry.

Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory procedures related to handling, storing and testing of specimens including biological safety.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent organization, good computer skills, ability to learn quickly and work independently.

Ability to work under pressure with an attention to detail and perform multiple concurrent tasks.

Basic math and computational skills are essential to this position.

Ability to perform duties in a professional and courteous manner and produce high quality work while meeting deadlines in accordance to UHN standards.

Ability to understand and comply with regulatory issues involving human subjects and clinical trials.


Flexible schedule and willingness to learn.

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.

Posted Date: July 9, 2021 Closing Date: July 29, 2021 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 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.