Lab Technician

University of Toronto

Date Posted: 11/14/2022
Req ID: 28484
Faculty/Division: Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Department: Structural Genomics Consortium
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)
Position Number: 00036278


About us:

Home to over 40 departments and institutes, the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine lies at the heart of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network and is a global leader in ground-breaking research and education, spanning clinical medicine, basic science and the rehabilitation sciences sectors.

Your opportunity:

The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) is an international Public-Private-Partnership that supports the discovery of new medicines through open access research ( Led from Toronto, the SGC is supported by public and philanthropic funding agencies, and Pharmaceutical industry partners. The SGC-Toronto Laboratory within the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto is offering an exciting job opportunity for a Laboratory Technician.

As Laboratory Technician, you will be part of a dynamic team working within a fast-paced research centre focused on using state-of-the-art laboratory methods. As an integral member of the team, you will apply a diverse range lab techniques. Relying on your sound scientific and technical skills and your strong communication skills, you will ensure operational excellence in a dynamic, high-compliance work environment amongst staff, students and faculty.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Constructing proof of concept experiments to test different elements of the process

  • Scheduling the use of lab equipment and resources

  • Collaborating on cost estimates

  • Ordering supplies with approval

  • Serving as a technical resource on laboratory protocols, and experimental procedures and equipment

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.

  • Minimum two years of relevant laboratory experience

  • Experience supporting labs, including setup of equipment and reagent preparation for various types of lab experiments, purchasing lab supplies and reagents, tracking and maintaining inventory and maintaining databases

  • Experience serving as a resource and providing orientation to users on work procedures and practices

  • Experience in collecting, analyzing and summarizing data for presentations

  • Strong knowledge of health and safety regulations, experience applying lab safety and protocol procedures

  • Strong knowledge of protein expression and purification techniques including bacterial transformation, large-scale E. coli expression of recombinant proteins, affinity chromatography and other chromatographic methods for protein purification.

  • Strong knowledge assessing the quality and purity of recombinant protein samples including SDS-PAGE, native PAGE, mass spectrometry and analytical gel filtration.

  • Strong knowledge of lab equipment knowledge (autoclaves, biosafety cabinets, centrifuges, general microscopy, qPCR)

  • Must have strong attention to detail with the ability to take direction and work independently

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

  • Accurate record keeping skills with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines

  • Must work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, have excellent time management skills, sound judgment, exemplary organizational skills, and a commitment to research

  • Physical ability to lift objects of up to 25kg

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Understanding of structural biology methods such as X-ray crystallography and cryoEM as well as other biophysical methods to investigate protein-protein interactions (ITC, SPR, BLI etc.)

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Approachable

  • Articulate

  • Meticulous

  • Organized

  • Problem solver

Closing Date:
12/02/2022, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 09 – $60,006 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $76,739. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Engineering / Technical

Lived Experience Statement

Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

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