Research Technician I – II #2

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Research Technician I or II in our Thoracic 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 seek to adapt genomic technologies to the study of esophageal adenocarcinoma and lung transplantation. Our models include patient-derived cancer organoids, primary tissues, and isolated organ perfusion.

We are looking to employ a Research Technician I or II to join our highly productive research laboratory. The individual will be required to assist senior fellows and/or students on the design, optimization and execution of various experiments. The primary focus will be library generation for high throughput and long read sequencing. This will include tissue processing (including tissue dissociation), nucleic acid extraction and QC, DNA, RNA and methylation library preparation, and managing sample submissions and processing to sequencing cores. Experience with cell culture is beneficial.
This position will require proven technical excellence and the ability to meet time-dependent project milestones. The ideal candidate will be methodical with experimental protocols and documentation, enjoy task-focused work, and have the capabilities to manage their projects independently while assisting other lab members.


  • At minimum of B.Sc. in biological sciences; M.Sc. preferred
  • Minimum six (6) months of technical experience
  • Must have experience with: tissue handling, molecular biology, PCR, sequencing library generation
  • Other favourable skills: cell culture, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, Western blotting
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Able to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; UNIX command line experience and programming experience with R or python an asset

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. Please also attach unofficial transcripts. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

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