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Research Technician II

University Health Network

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted February 1, 2021.

JOB POSTING # 868006

Position: Research Technician II
Site: Princess Margaret Genomics Centre
Department: Research
Reports to: Manager
Hours: 37.5 per week
Pay Scale: $27.69 – $34.61 per hour (Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy)
Status: Temporary Full-Time (1 year contract)

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Research Technician II in our Research Department.

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 Princess Margaret Genomics Centre (PMGC; is one of Canada’s largest genomics services providers. We are seeking a permanent full-time Research Technician II to join our growing group. Working under the direction of senior staff, the successful applicant will utilize standardized laboratory techniques and procedures in genomics and molecular biology applications including sequencing library construction and Illumina sequencer operation; perform experiments and analysis; communicate and maintain records of experimental data. As an integral member at the Genomics Centre, a core facility, the research technician must be dedicated and result-driven and will be involved in all aspects of service projects, following and writing SOPs and meeting target deadlines.


  • BSc or MSc in genomics, molecular biology or related discipline
  • At least 3 years of experience with standard molecular biology laboratory techniques such as:
    •  Standard recombinant DNA techniques including cloning, bacterial transformation, and small to large scale plasmid preparation
    • Experience with PCR reaction set up and purification
    • Mammalian cell tissue culture experience
    • Experience with lentiviral particle production and cell transduction with lentivirus is an asset
    • Next-generation/deep sequencing techniques is an asset
    • Experience with single cell genomics techniques is an asset
  • A willingness to learn new techniques and technologies
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and accurately under deadlines
  • Meticulous and detail-oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in a team environment
  • 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.

    Posted Date: December 3, 2020       Closing Date: Until Filled

    For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN’s attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

    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.