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Research Technician I

October 23 2020
Industries Education, Training , Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Health, Medical, Medical research
Toronto, ON

JOB POSTING # 865724

Site: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Department: Correlative Studies Program
Reports to: Clinical Research Manager
Salary Range: $44,784 - $55,983 per annum (Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy)
Shift: Monday to Thursday 1pm to 9pm; Friday 10am to 6pm

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Clinical Research Laboratory Technician I in our Correlative Studies 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.

The Correlative Studies Program provides clinical research laboratory services to facilitate advanced and comprehensive translational cancer research with an overall goal to aid in discovery of new cancer diagnostic and treatment standards. The Clinical Research Laboratory Technician will provide assistance with handling and processing specimens, as well as specimen management for clinical trials run through the Cancer Clinical Research Unit (CCRU) at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

The Clinical Research Laboratory Technician will apply general technical knowledge and skills to perform routine and novel, standardized laboratory research techniques and procedures. Principle responsibilities will include the processing and shipping of all specimens generated at Princess Margaret, preparing supplies, reviewing study protocols and assisting with the preparation of laboratory reference material, responding to queries and their resolution in a timely manner, and monitoring all laboratory equipment for maintenance and calibration histories. The successful candidate must have excellent problem solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to work in a fast paced environment. Frequent communication with other research and non-research clinical staff is required for clear and accurate tracking of patient status, and collection of all specimen time points. All data must be complete, accurate, and timely, and must be in compliance with applicable ICH-GCP, FDA and US federal code and Tri-Council regulations. The Clinical Research Laboratory Technician must be able to follow the applicable regulations in order to ensure compliance. Quality assurance procedures are utilized to ensure high quality data is obtained.


• At minimum, a completion of a Bachelor’s degree program, or recognized equivalent in health or science related discipline
• Minimum 6 months of related experience

• At least 2-years of experience in sample processing and handling human biospecimens in clinical trials
• Completion of a recognized biotechnology program, preferred
• Demonstrated relevant clinical research knowledge, including documentation procedures and regulatory guidelines
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent organization, prioritization skills, good computer skills, ability to learn quickly and work independently
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain a calm and professional demeanor
• Ability to work under pressure and maintain attention to detail
• Ability to perform duties in a professional and courteous manner and produce high quality work while meeting deadlines in accordance to UHN standards
• 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
• Excellent attendance and punctuality
• Transportation of Dangerous Goods Certificate

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: October 22, 2020 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 requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted. network