Research Technician II


University Health Network

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


610 University Ave, Toronto ON


The Applied Molecular Profiling – Drug Development Laboratory provides standardized specimen handling and processing for formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue, histology, immunohistochemistry and DNA-, RNA- slide based services to researchers and clinical trials. The Medical Laboratory Technologist candidate will provide subject expertise of routine and special techniques in histology and immunohistochemistry. This position requires teamwork with medical staff, internal and external users to ensure quality services. Challenges include identifying, evaluating and implementing technological enhancements; working with researchers to implement new sampling, handling and staining methods. A candidate should possess a histology background with experience in FFPE/frozen sample processing and IHC. Experience with IF and in-situ hybridization methods is an asset. The job also includes trouble-shooting and stain pattern recognition for all tissue types and an extensive menu of antibodies. The work environment is busy and dynamic requiring the candidate to be innovative and collaborative, and to provide efficient and quality work.



At minimum, a completion of a Bachelor’s degree program, or recognized equivalent in health or science related discipline
Minimum three (3) years of related experience in a laboratory setting
Experience in routine histology procedures including tissue embedding, sectioning using microtome or cryostat, and H&E staining are essential
CMLTO registration as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in Histology is an asset
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with team members and clients
Effective trouble-shooting and quality assurance skills
Effective communication both written and oral
Effective organizational skills
Effective interactions with individuals at all levels of the organization
Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office including Word , Excel
Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.


$50,887 to 63,627 per annum (Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN compensation and policy)



Nhu-An Pham


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