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Sorry, the application deadline for this position was 7/12/2020

Reference Number: 000001334
Posted Date: 6/29/2020
Closing Date: 7/12/2020

Department: LTRI
Position: Technician I

EMPLOYMENT TYPE  Regular Full Time
HOURS OF WORK  37.5 hours per week
REPORTS TO  Principal Investigator


The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, a University of Toronto affiliated research centre, is one of the world's leading centres in biomedical research.  With ground-breaking discoveries in research areas such as diabetes, genetic disorders, cancer and women’s and infants’ health, the Institute is committed to excellence in health research and the training of young investigators.  Strong partnerships with the clinical programs of Mount Sinai Hospital ensure that scientific knowledge is used to promote human health.  Your significant contributions will assist in maintaining our momentum in advancing our research.

A research technician I position is available in Dr. Poutanen’s lab.  Dr. Poutanen’s research interests including antimicrobial resistance surveillance; hospital antibiogram development and use; preparedness for, detection of, and characterization of emerging antimicrobial-resistant pathogens; the use fecal transplantation for recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection and other emerging indications; and methods evaluations as they relate to COVID-19, rapid diagnostics, and detection of antimicrobial resistance in the clinical microbiology laboratory.

The Technician I plays an integral role in supporting the day-to-day operations of the lab with his/her primary role being the provision of technical support to the investigator, fellows and students.   




·         Provides technical assistance to the investigator and trainees

·         Under general supervision, performs a variety of diversified assignments of a technical nature. 

·         Responsible for ordering supplies as well as setting up and maintaining lab equipment.  

·         Works from/with standard procedures and practices and may assist in developing, devising or improving new ones or in modifying existing methods, practices and procedures.

·         Maintains databases as they relate to work completed

·         Assists with ethics review board submissions and administrative paperwork related to projects


·         Collecting isolates for surveillance projects from the clinical laboratory and frozen stores

·         Preparing cultures for transportation to other centres within Canada and abroad

·         Using broth microdilution panels or agar dilution plates to determine antimicrobial MICs

·         Using screening agars to screen for antimicrobial resistance

·         Using PCR to confirm antimicrobial resistance determinants

·         Using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to determine isolate relatedness

·         Manipulating data to create hospital antibiograms

·         Practicing Good Manufacturing Procedures in the preparation of fecal transplants as part of the Microbiota Therapeutics Outcomes Program


  • B.Sc. or a degree in Microbiology or a related field
  • 1 year of laboratory experience
  • Certification in Transportation of Dangerous Goods would be an asset
  • Familiarity with Good Manufacturing Procedures would be an asset


  • Must be versatile, flexible and self-motivated with strong communication skills (verbal & written) and strong attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem solving abilities
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Experience with data management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard software
  • Must demonstrate satisfactory work performance and attendance record

In accordance with Institute’s policy and legislated health and safety requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials, completion of a health review, and demonstrating proof of immunity and vaccination status of vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute is a scent sensitive environment and all members of the community are expected to refrain from wearing or using scented products while visiting or working at the Institute. We also support a barrier-free workplace supported by the Institute’s accessibility plan, accommodation and disability management policies and procedures. Should you require accommodation at any point during the recruitment process, including accessible job postings, please contact the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Human Resources Department.


Posting open until July 12, 2020. We thank all candidates for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

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