Research Technician I

  • Company:
    Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 days ago
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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.

Working under the direction of the Investigator and/or senior staff, the Research Technician I performs moderately complex laboratory functions and experiments focused on the regulation and function of the MYC oncogene in cancer and exploring the utility and mechanism of cholesterol-control drugs (statins) as anti-cancer agents. The Research Technician will primarily perform gene cloning, tissue culture, and animal work in mice. The candidate will also be required to perform a host of other functions, including but not limited to: compiling, interpreting and analyzing experimental results; communicating and maintaining records of experimental data, monitoring, ordering, and maintaining lab inventories of biological/chemical agents, supplies, animals and/or equipment; maintaining records of safety training and other health and safety paperwork. The candidate will additionally be expected to read the scientific literature associated with the project, contribute to the design and interpretation of their experiments, and participate in lab and inter-lab meetings. Due to the precise and technically challenging nature of this work, the candidate will be expected to function in a highly detail-oriented manner and display a high level of commitment to the project.

Working in a fast paced environment, we require a biologist with strong cell biology/molecular biology experience who can multi-task and enjoy contributing to research at many levels. The lab is situated in the Princess Margaret Cancer Research Tower. Thus, the candidate will be part of a rich and vibrant scientific community.


  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. in biological science or related field
  • Experience in cell biology/molecular biology
  • Experience with handling mice and conducting animal experiments or a willingness to learn
  • Demonstrated interest and ability in continuous learning
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Able to work independently, yet as a team, and readily handles responsibility
  • Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research, and accurately record and interpret results
  • Ensure the smooth daily operation of an active research lab
  • Order and expedite supplies
  • Train staff and students on established procedures
  • 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, lab organization as well as performing mathematical calculations for data analysis