Medical Laboratory Technologist


Ontario Institute for Cancer Research


Position: Medical Laboratory Technologist
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Genomics
Reports To: Lab Lead, Clinical Sequencing
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week
Status: Full-time, Temporary (2 year)

OICR Genomics is seeking a Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) to join our team of licensed professionals in our CAP/IQMH accredited, ISO15189 compliant program. Your laboratory expertise in clinical genomics will assist in the discovery of actionable variants that impact patient care in provincial and national investigative trials conducted in Canada and through the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope Cancer Centre Network. We collaborate extensively with medical geneticists, oncologists, pathologists and informaticians to accelerate innovation and clinical discovery. This is a 2 year contract.

Fully vaccinated is defined as having received all of the required doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine and having received the final dose at least 14 days before your employment start date.

As described above, the requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code. If the candidate is unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for a reason protected by the Code, requests for accommodation from the vaccine policy will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about working at OICR here.


Perform standard operating procedures (SOPs) for NGS assays such as whole genomes, transcriptomes, and others;
Perform or support sequencing procedures on Illumina platforms (MiSeq, NextSeq and/or NovaSeq);
Independently monitor quality control metrics at various stages of processing, maintain/utilize QC databases and portals, perform QC sign-off duties, and escalate problems as required;
Develop and enhance working knowledge of molecular biology techniques as applied to clinical genomics and/or genomic interpretation platforms;
Maintain digital documentation (LIMS entries, wiki entries, JIRA tickets, etc.) in a timely manner to facilitate team-based processes;
Comply with OICR’s Quality Management System documentation processes;
Participate in continuous improvement activities across all aspects of the NGS laboratories, initiating improvements as appropriate;
Support translation of NGS SOPs to automated platforms, as required;
Support Lab Lead, Clinical Sequencing and Manager, --Sequencing Production to adapt to shifting project prioritizations;
Communicate effectively within the OICR Genomics Department; and
Perform routine lab duties such as equipment maintenance and inventory management


A Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) licensed or eligible to be licensed by the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO);
Post-secondary degree/diploma with significant coursework in molecular genetics, cancer biology, biotechnology, or related fields;
Minimum 1 year of demonstrated hands-on experience in a molecular biology laboratory is required; and
Previous experience in an NGS laboratory is an asset, but not required.
OICR is a collaborative, not-for-profit research institute accelerating the development of new cancer research discoveries for patients around the world while maximizing the economic benefit of this research for the people of Ontario. We are dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals who share our values of excellence, innovation, collaboration, impact, responsibility and community.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

OICR is an inclusive employer dedicated to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Recruiter to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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