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Sorry, the application deadline for this position was 1/12/2024

Reference Number: 000001909
Posted Date: 12/8/2023
Closing Date: 1/12/2024

Department: LTRI
Position: Technician I

EMPLOYMENT TYPE  Temporary, Full-Time
HOURS OF WORK  37.5 hours per week
REPORTS TO  Principal Investigator



The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Sinai Health System, 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 Sinai Health System ensure that scientific knowledge is used to promote human health.  Your significant contributions will assist in maintaining our momentum in advancing our research.



The Technician I play an integral role in supporting the day-to-day operations of the Tsukahara lab (https://www.tsukaharalab.org, https://www.lunenfeld.ca/?page=tsukahara-tatsuya). Their primary role is to provide technical support to the investigator, fellows, and students. They may work on one main project designed by the investigator.

Under the general supervision of Dr. Tsukahara and lab members, the applicant will be working on ongoing projects related to neuroscience research, primarily focusing on the molecular and neural basis of flexibility in the olfactory system. The candidate will be responsible for carrying out experiments with supervision by senior lab members. The work will include molecular biology experiments and animal experiments (details are shown below), as well as maintenance of lab’s mouse husbandry, lab stocks and supplies, and organize lab samples. The employee will be held responsible for the accuracy and reliability of results. They will help others in the lab with ongoing work as needed and with general lab maintenance.



  • Perform semi-routine laboratory functions involving the utilization of standardized techniques and procedures, including molecular biology experiments (DNA purification, western blotting, quantitative PCR, etc) and animal experiments (tagging, handling, injections, behavior recording, etc). 
  • Manage and maintain mouse husbandry.
  • Maintenance of records of experimental protocols and results with basic computation and plotting.
  • Monitor and maintain lab’s chemical/ cell stocks and/ or equipment, as well as order supplies.
  • Assist other lab members.



  • B.Sc. in Molecular, Cellular Biology or related field
  • 1 year of laboratory experience
  • Applicants with prior experience of mouse handling will be given preference.



  • Must be able to exercise good judgment, exercise considerable independence and take initiative.
  • Capability of conducting animal experiments (e.g., no allergy to mice, comfortable handling mice).
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Experience with Molecular cloning techniques (DNA/ RNA isolation, ligation, digestion, amplification, purification etc.)
  • Must be versatile, flexible and self-motivated.
  • Must possess strong communication skills (verbal, written and presentation) and be comfortable engaging and exchanging information with other members of the lab.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving abilities with strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard software.
  • Must demonstrate satisfactory work performance and attendance record.


If this role is in a laboratory environment, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute’s Safety Requirements include:

  • Maintain personal certifications as required by Safety Office
  • Maintain the lab’s Safety requirements as required by Safety Office
  • Maintain current lab-specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) - including work with hazardous chemicals and biological agents, hazardous waste disposal, etc.
  • Maintain the lab’s chemical Inventory
  • Responsible for training the lab members on lab-specific procedures, weekly eye wash checks


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. All employees and affiliates will follow safe work practices and comply with health and safety policies, procedures, and training. Successful candidates will be required to provide two (2) written reference letters from their former employer(s)/supervisor(s).

A recent Provincial Directive mandates all employees of public hospitals in Ontario to be either fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be regularly tested. All new employees joining Sinai Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and be on track toward full vaccination within six (6) weeks; participating in mandatory twice weekly Rapid Antigen Testing Program until fully vaccinated. There are very limited circumstances in which approval will be given for a medical exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

We are a fully committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Sinai Health community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance.

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 January 12, 2024. We thank all candidates for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contact Name: Online
Contact Email: Online
Contact Phone: Online


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