Ontario Institute for Cancer Research Research Associate I- Cancer Genomics Production in Toronto, Ontario

Research Associate I- Cancer Genomics Production - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Research Associate ISite: MaRS Centre, TorontoDepartment: Cancer Genomics ProductionReports To: Program ManagerSalary: Commensurate with level of experienceHours: 35 Hrs/ WeekStatus: Full-Time, PermanentThe Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a Research Associate I to apply advanced technical knowledge and skills to run the most recent technologies in the field of human genetics, mainly the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platform. The Research Associate I will act as a member to the Production Sequencing Team and will be involved in various projects using other genomics platforms.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Designing and leading projects on a PacBio long read sequencing platform

  • Project management of the OICR PacBio platform, particularly in the areas of estimating capacity, scheduling work plans and summarizing data for internal invoicing purposes.

  • Automated and manual DNA library construction for different next-generation sequencing platforms

  • PacBio sequencing library construction and operation of a PacBio instrument

  • Working with PacBio service engineers to diagnose problems and maintain PacBio equipment

  • Evaluating new genomics technologies for use in future research projects

  • Development of customized genomics workflows for use in OICR genomics projects

  • Providing leadership/guidance and technical support for junior members of the lab

  • Performing molecular biology laboratory research

  • Documentation and communication of experimental results

  • Optimization of protocols and writing SOPs


  • At a minimum Bachelors degree with eight (8) years experience in Molecular Biology or a related specialty

  • Masters degree with five (5) or more years experience preferred.

  • Experience with NGS-related lab work is required.

  • Experience with PacBio technology is an asset, but not required.

  • Experience with liquid handling/automation/robotic platforms is an asset.

  • Hands-on experience in Molecular Biology or related fields (genomics, genetics);

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team;

  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills;

  • Good verbal and written communication skills;

  • Proven sense of initiative and team building

OICR is an innovative cancer research institute located in the MaRS Centre in the Discovery District in downtown Toronto. OICR is addressing significant challenges in cancer research with multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams. New discoveries to prevent, detect and treat cancer will be moved from the bench to practical applications in patients. The OICR team is growing quickly. We are innovative, dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals interested in being part of a culture of excellence that will result in Ontario being recognized internationally as a leading jurisdiction for cancer research.

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

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at www.oicr.on.ca.

POSTED DATE: November 29, 2016 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. Candidates will be expected to provide their current employer as a reference.

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