Research Technician I

Job Posting #879309

Position: Research Technical I
Site: Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
Department: Thoracic Surgery & Lung Transplantation
Reports to: Principal Investigator
Salary Range: $44,787 to $55,983 per annum commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy
Hours: 35 hours per week
Status: Permanent Full-time

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 1,600 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 seven 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 Toronto Lung Transplant Program (TLTP) Biobank is expanding, and we are looking to recruit a Research Technical I to help with collecting, processing, and storing clinical bio specimens and maintaining the biorepository database system. Working under the direction of the Principal Investigator and/or more senior staff, the Research Technical I utilizes general knowledge and skills to perform routine, somewhat repetitive standardized laboratory research techniques and procedures. The successful candidate will be able to accurately and efficiently process clinical bio specimens within standard operating procedure guidelines, validate data from related and/or unrelated sources as well as communicate and maintain records of specimen/experimental data. Additional duties will include processing of human blood samples, media preparation, tissue banking, data logging as well as general laboratory upkeep, maintenance, and administrative tasks. Outstanding organizational skills with the capacity to ensure proper compliance with research protocols, biological safety measures, and universal precautions are mandatory. Previous experience in a laboratory environment is strongly recommended. Proficiency in English with excellent communication skills will be required. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, technically proficient, organized, and will work well in a team.

TLTP Biobank/Latner Labs are strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


  • At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in a health-related discipline, or equivalent
  • At minimum, 6 months experience laboratory work/handling biological specimens
  • Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory procedures related to handling, storing and testing of specimens, including biological safety and specimen data management systems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent organization, good computer skills, ability to learn quickly and work independently
  • Ability to work under pressure and perform multiple concurrent tasks
  • Attention to detail is essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to generate and present various reports from bio specimen data
  • Previous experience with bio-specimen shipment and handling dangerous goods would be an asset
  • 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: June 24, 2021 Closing Date: July 8, 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.

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. 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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