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Research Asst/Tech 3 At BC Children's Hospital Research Institute


Vancouver, Bc

Job Description

The Clinical Research Development Laboratory (CRDL) at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute (BCCHRI) known as the "Answer Factory" is a fully equipped basic science laboratory that will enable clinician researchers to engage in patient-focused clinical and translational research. The Research Technician will participate in this exciting new initiative to help support wet-lab focused research dedicated to advancing patient care at the BC Children's and BC Women's Hospitals.

The Research Technician will be responsible for providing technical molecular biology expertise for research projects utilizing the CRDL under the supervision of the Staff Scientist. The individual should be self-motivated and should be able to perform tasks independently after receiving appropriate training. The individual should be able to work as a collaborative team member to achieve experimental goals, and must be willing to learn new techniques.

The individual will have a direct reporting line to and receive general guidance from the CRDL Staff Scientist, and a dotted reporting line to the BCCHRI Director, Clinical Research; as well as interacting with clinicians, post-docs, graduate students, clinical trainees and other collaborators.

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Work Performed:

*Working Conditions:
The position mainly involves working with cells isolated from patient samples or cellular models of human disease. Successful completion of UBC's Chemical, Biohazard and Radioactivity Safety courses is required. Since the project involves working with human samples the individual should be immunized against hepatitis B.


The Staff Scientist will provide general supervision and training during the initial period of employment while techniques are learnt and whenever new methods are explored. Once training is complete the individual is expected to perform tasks independently.

May oversee and direct the work of one or two incumbents in lower level classifications. May be involved in training new personnel or CRDL users in established techniques.

Consequence of Error/Judgement:

Accuracy, timeliness, and sound judgment are required to maximize the effectiveness of the research being conducted. Errors in ability to perform administrative and technical tasks may lead to concerns about research credibility and integrity.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. BSc or an advanced graduate degree in Immunology, Molecular Biology or a related field preferred. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of 3 years of related experience in a research laboratory or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with and proven ability to troubleshoot basic molecular biology (DNA, RNA, protein work), qPCR (including data analysis), molecular cloning, mammalian tissue culture, flow cytometry (including data analysis) are essential. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail. Effective oral and written communication and organizational skills. Effective time management and organizational skills. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment. A high level of computer skills are essential.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $44,257.00 to $52,271.00 /year



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