Research Technician I – Research

Position: Research Technician I

Site: Princess Margaret Cancer Research Tower

Department: Research

Reports to: Senior Scientist

Salary Range: $25.10 to $31.38 per hour commensurate with experience

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

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


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, qRT-PCR, ChIP-PCR, and mouse experiments. The candidate will also be required to perform several essential lab 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. In addition, the candidate will 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.


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


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

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.

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Posted Date: May 5 , 2023 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.

UHN 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.

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