Histopathology Technologist,Tuberculosis Culture Laboratory Technologist, Serodiagnostic Laboratory Technologist


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy. In carrying out its mandate, and in support of Government of Canada priorities, the CFIA strives to: • protect Canadians from preventable health risks • protect consumers through a fair and effective food, animal and plant regulatory regime that supports competitive domestic and international markets • sustain the plant and animal resource base • contribute to the security of Canada's food supply and agricultural resource base, and • provide sound agency management


Ottawa, Ontario


Duties Include:
Histopathology Laboratory Technologist
Performs technical procedures in histology, primarily for the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Cuts, embeds, processes and stains fixed animal tissues in preparation for pathologist’s examination. Maintains chemical and specimen inventories and laboratory records.

Culture Laboratory Technologist
Receives and processes animal tissue samples for the isolation and identification of Mycobacterium bovis, the causative agent of tuberculosis in cattle. Adheres to the safety and operational requirements for work in Containment Level 3 laboratory. Enters data, conducts analyses and produces reports.

Serodiagnostic Laboratory Technologist
Work as part of a team, to perform serological tests, for the diagnosis of diseases identified under the Health of Animals Act, in support of Canada’s Disease Control, Import/Export and Surveillance Programs. Sero-diagnostic tests include agglutination tests, complement fixation tests, fluorescent polarization assay (FPA), agar gel immune diffusion (AGID) and enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). Prepare reagents, maintain equipment and manage inventories.


ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES – to be assessed during the application process. All competencies listed below are mandatory/must pass:
Knowledge of quality assurance procedures (ISO 17025 Standard)
Knowledge of general laboratory safety
Knowledge of preparation of buffers and reagents
Knowledge of principles of disinfection
Knowledge of biochemical assays in microbiology (Tuberculosis Laboratory Technologist only)
Knowledge of the principles, concepts, methods and practices of histotechnology (Histopathology Technologist only)
Knowledge of the principles of immunology and serological diagnostic assays (Serodiagnostic Laboratory Technologist only)

Successful completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree, from a recognized college or university. Preference may be given to candidates who have successfully completed courses in microbiology, histology or biology or, to graduates of biotechnology or medical laboratory technology programs.

Essential Experience:
1. A minimum of 2 years in the past 10 experience working in a diagnostic laboratory.
Pertinent education program training maybe considered in lieu of this requirement.

2. Experience with a variety of common software (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and data analysis).


Culture Laboratory Technologist
1. Experience processing specimens for tuberculosis diagnosis or for bacteriological isolation and identification.
2. Working in an ISO 17025 accredited facility or in carrying out QA functions (conducting audits, writing SOPs, equipment verification)
3. Experience working in Containment Level 3 facilities.
4. Experience in molecular biological laboratory techniques (such as DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing and genomic software).

Histopathology Technologist

1. Experience in manual and automated tissue staining using routine and special staining protocols
2. Practical experience operating an automated tissue processor, microtome, stainer, coverslipper and/or embedding centre.
3. Experience in troubleshooting equipment, staining and processing techniques.

Serodiagnostic Laboratory Technologist

1. Experience performing serological assays.
2. Working in an ISO 17025 accredited facility or in carrying out QA functions (conducting audits, writing SOPs, equipment verification)
3. Experience working in Containment Level 3 facilities.
4. Experience in manual and automated tissue staining using routine and special staining protocols
5. Practical experience operating and troubleshooting equipment used in serodiagnostic laboratories.

Personal Suitability
• Effective Interpersonal Relationships
• Judgement
• Effective oral and written communication
• Ability to work under pressure in the face of conflicting priorities

• Reliability security clearance
• Successful medical clearance, which includes testing for colour blindness and Mantoux test for tuberculosis or equivalent monitoring.
• Use of all prescribed safety materials, equipment, devices and clothing, including wearing a respirator if required
• Willingness to work in Level 3 Biocontainment with mycobacterial species (Culture Laboratory Technologist position only)
• Willing and available to work overtime, which may include evenings, weekends and statutory holidays
• Must be willing to work variable work hours ( for example: 6am to 2pm)
• Compliance with the CFIA Code of Conduct, conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Codes and Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector

Type of Job

Term 12- 18 months and/or various periods


Salary: EG04 Level ($56,285 – $71,218 per annum)


Deadline to apply: May 8th , 2017 at 4:00 pm EST

Who can apply: This process is open to persons residing in and entitled to work in Canada (Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit covering the entire length of the period of employment).

Applicants must identify in their application the legal status that entitles them to work in Canada (Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit) and be prepared to show proof of this status upon request. Failure to do so may eliminate the application from further consideration.

• Candidates are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice.
• Initial screening will be based on review of the applicant’s cover letter and résumé describing how they meet the language, education and essential experience.
• Candidates must also demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet each asset experience.
• Various assessment tools may be used during the assessment process such as written examinations, practical exercises, interviews, reference checks.
• A pool of qualified candidates will be created from this process and will be used to staff 2 term positions at the Fallowfield Laboratory in Ottawa. The staffing pool may also be used to staff additional positions with various tenures (including permanent positions) at the CFIA.

If you have any questions about this opportunity please send an email to

To apply:
If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please submit your cover letter and résumé referencing the selection process number:
Only cover letters and résumés received through this email address by the deadline to apply will be considered.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of Canadian society, and to the equitable representation of women (especially in non-traditional occupational groups), Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability and members of a visible minority group. We encourage members of these designated groups to self-identify. If you have special needs, please ensure that this is communicated clearly on your application.

To help you understand how the selection process works at the CFIA, especially if you are not familiar with government selection process, please see the following URL:


We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for further assessment will be contacted.





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