Scientific Associate I #2

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Scientific Associate I as the STTARR Innovation Centre.

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 main responsibilities of the Imaging Scientist at the STTARR Innovation Centre will be to utilize both practical and theoretical knowledge to perform laboratory preclinical imaging research procedures on a variety of imaging systems, which may include preclinical MRI, CT, PET, SPECT, US, PA, and Optical systems. The applicant must demonstrate an understanding of the operational theories/procedures, performance/maintenance characteristics of instruments/equipment to facilitate the effective and efficient use of the imaging system(s). The candidate must demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects at once. The candidate must be able to work quickly and accurately and pay strict attention to detail. Must be adaptable and capable of working and leading in a team environment. In addition, the candidate must be able to professionally and confidently interact with customers and users, as well as prepare and deliver written and oral summaries of work. Must be highly motivated and able to deliver to defined timelines, in collaboration with colleagues from the imaging, pathology, and image analysis groups.


  • Completion of a PhD degree, with appropriate experience
  • Experience coordinating, conducting and analyzing preclinical imaging studies
  • Extensive experience with small molecule radiochemistry and/or radio- or fluorescent labeling of proteins
  • Experience with MRI, PET, SPECT, CT, or other relevant imaging modality
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the theory and practice of laboratory procedures, instruments, equipment, and analytical techniques
  • Extensive experience with animal handling, particularly mice and rats
  • Extensive experience with cell culture and tumor inoculation techniques
  • Excellent problem recognition and problem-solving skills
  • Effective organizational, time management and prioritization skills
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and accurately under strict timelines
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Abide by applicable Hospital and departmental policies, procedures, guidelines, protocols, and practices
  • Extensive knowledge of GraphPad and Windows based applications


  • Manage the design, execution, analysis, and reporting of pre-clinical discovery research studies and ensuring collected and reported data are of high standards
  • Be the sponsor-facing scientist with the responsibilities of updating the sponsor during protocol development, during key study milestones, and when presenting the results
  • As the project lead on multiple projects, you are ultimately responsible for:
    • All internal and external study-related communications
    • Creating and maintaining an open and supportive internal team environment-
    • Acquiring sufficient knowledge on the disease of interest, its basic biology and how the specific study pertains to that field
    • The integrity and quality of the data shared with the sponsor
    • Supporting the execution of pre-clinical imaging studies across various therapeutic areas
    • Interfacing with sponsors, study managers, and laboratory staff to oversee all aspects of study management from proposal to final report

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.

POSTING DATE: August 10, 2020 ENDING DATE: Until Filled

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.

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