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Reference Number: 000001983
Posted Date: 6/21/2024
Closing Date: 8/9/2024

Department: The Centre for Phenogenomics (TCP), Pathology Core
Position: Technician III

POSITION TITLE  Technician III
DEPARTMENT  The Centre for Phenogenomics (TCP), Pathology Core 
EMPLOYMENT TYPE  Temporary, Full-Time (1 year with a possibility of extension or becoming permanent)
HOURS OF WORK  37.5 hours per week
EMPLOYEE GROUP  Non-Union
REPORTS TO  Facility Core Manager

 

The Centre for Phenogenomics (TCP) is a state-of-the-art facility supporting research using mouse models of human disease and development. Services include animal holding, model production, clinical phenotyping, imaging, pathology, and mouse line cryopreservation, recovery, and distribution. TCP’s Pathology Core serves a multidisciplinary clientele with expert advice regarding a broad range of histological techniques. Excellent customer service is an essential part of our operation. We are looking for a Technician III to join our team.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Technician III will independently perform tissue processing and embedding, microtomy, routine and special staining, mouse necropsies and organ dissection, preparation and staining of blood and bone marrow smears. The Technician III will provide expert consultation and training to academic and industry clients when required.

Other duties, including accessioning of service requests, grossing of histology samples, cryo-microtomy, blood and urine biochemistry analysis, slide scanning, and contributions to maintaining laboratory readiness may also be required, and appropriate cross-training will be provided. The Technician III must adhere to all documentation, regulations, protocols, and procedures of TCP’s Pathology Core and the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute.

 

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Perform grossing of fixed tissues and cutting of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue samples.
  • Perform histology procedures with non-human tissue samples, particularly adult and embryonic mice.
  • Perform appropriate mouse handling, anesthesia, necropsies, blood collection, specific organ dissection, prepare blood and bone marrow smears.
  • Maintain all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for lab operations.
  • Maintain a Quality Control system for histology equipment and troubleshoot any issues that might arise.
  • Listen to and be responsive to individual clients’ service requirements by providing technical advice on histology services and solutions tailored to each project.
  • Provide general interpretation of histology stains and educate clients on the results.
  • Independently pursue assay and SOP development.
  • Be responsible for accessioning service requests and data entry into the Pathology Core’s Laboratory Information Management System.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED

  • A BSc or equivalent training and experience in the life sciences.
  • Five years of experience with gross pathology and histology procedures: organ dissection, paraffin processing and embedding, microtomy, routine and special histology stains.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of embryonic and adult mouse anatomy and histology.
  • A results-driven team member with a proven ability to apply sound decision-making principles, maintain a high level of organization, accuracy, and attention to detail with an ability to document work.
  • A self-starter with proven ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and adapt to changes in schedules and priorities.
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage multiple tasks in a timely manner and flexibility to adapt to changing workload.
  • Able to understand written and verbal directions in English.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to learn new techniques, solve technical problems, troubleshoot, and optimize standard protocols.
  • Exceptional English verbal and written communication skills.

PREFERRED 

  • Computer and database entry skills.
  • Experience with clinical biochemistry is an asset.
  • MLA/T certification by the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists.

 

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.

 

 

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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