(HVN-425) Research Asst/Tech 2

(HVN-425) Research Asst/Tech 2

26 Aug
University of British Columbia.
British Columbia

26 Aug

University of British Columbia.

British Columbia

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Employment Group:

Technicians & Research Assists

Job Category:

Non Union Research/Technical

Classification Title:

Research Asst/Tech 2

Business Title:

Research Asst/Tech 2


Faculty of Medicine


Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Salary Range:

$44,438.00 (minimum) - $48,696.00 (midpoint) - $52,955.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:


Desired Start Date:


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Funding Type:

Grant Funded

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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

The Technician 2 position provides core experimental laboratory expertise to support the work of Dr. Carey's laboratory in affiliation with the OvCaRe (Ovarian Cancer Research) Program. The work of the laboratory is focused on translational research in Gynecological Cancers. Tumour samples and cell lines are studied in order to better understand the biology of gynecological cancer. Much of the research involves the molecular interrogation of gynecologic cancers in order to better understand the prognosis of these cancers and their response to treatment. Research strategies include the characterization of cancers and cancer biomarkers, and in-vitro drug evaluation. Futhermore the selection of these samples is predictated on an understanding of the clinical course of the cancer being studied. To this end, the laboratory is developing database tools in order to keep track of the clinical course of the cancer in individual patients and as such, the samples we study are well characterized clinically.

Organizational Status

The Research Technician will play a vital role in the coordination of experimental plans with students and other members of the team. This position will report directly to Dr. Mark Carey and Dr. Marta Llaurado

Work Performed

The Technician will assist with experiments in the laboratory that include the following:

- Handling of fresh tissue samples for the purpose of developing cell lines and processing tissues for molecular studies.

- Preparing lysates from both tumour samples and cell lines. Preparation of cell lines will require mammalian tissue culture, and in some cases treatment with drugs and/or siRNA/plasmids.

- General molecular laboratory techniques will be required for samples such as, but not limited to: DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, Western blot, cell block immunohistochemistry, protein work and other related techniques with instructions from supervisor or Dr. Carey

- Administrative duties include keeping track of orders, ordering reagents, supplies, and keeping records of experiments and results.

- Data entry for computer records and database management.

- Assist in preparation and processing of samples for flow cytometry, sequencing, and immunohistochemistry, and mass spectrometry.

- The Technician will comply with specified laboratory standards, policies and procedures.and complete the Tri-council course on ethics and comply with confidentiality and ethical standards that govern the research program.

- The technician will also prepare data for analysis, analyze and interpret experiment results or research data by performing tasks, such as, assembly, compilation and summary of statistical and other data.

- Preparation of scientific summaries, reports, slides, presentations and scientific manuscripts where appropriate.

- Operates, maintains and troubleshoots problems with standard equipment.

- Organizes laboratory and stock, maintains inventory and distributes supplies.

- Prepares and/or maintains media, buffer, reagents, solutions, cultures and related material for routine laboratory use.

- The technician will work closely with the students in the laboratory to facilitate student activities, experiments and learning opportunities. The technician will also help initiate new employees/students and collaborators to routines, procedures and operation of equipment and will participate in the training and supervision of students.

- The technician will carry out any other related duties as required in keeping with the qualifications and requirements of positions in this classification.

- The technician will also play a major role in the development of the clinical database on study patients. This involves the collection and recording of clinical data, patient demographics and follow-up in accordance with established ethical and data management protocols.

- The technician will attend and participate in lab meetings, phone conferences, actively participate in ensuring laboratory efficiency and safety, and communicate and coordinate effectively.

- The technician will maintain an appropriate knowledge base by performing regular reviews of the literature, and stay updated on procedure manuals for experimental and laboratory standards.

The Research Technician will play a vital role in the coordination of experimental plans with students and other members of the team.

Supervision Received

The Technician will work independently under direction of Dr. Mark Carey and Dr. Marta Llaurado. The technician will work collaboratively with the OBGYN department and the OvCaRe team. For specific tasks, supervision and guidance may be sought from these individuals.

Supervision Given

The technician will work collaboratively and help supervise, orient, train, and facilitate co-op and Master's students. The technician will also assist and provide guidance to other research members, as required.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Because errors may have deleterious impact on experiments to be performed, such errors should as much as possible be avoided. Intermittent errors would necessitate review of quality control techniques.


High School graduation. University degree with specific training in laboratory science preferred.Completion of higher-level laboratory classes is desirable. Minimum of 2 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Previous laboratory experience in molecular techniques and demonstration of competency in previous work co-op experiences is preferred. Good organizational skills and independent work skills are necessary.The technician must have good communiation skills, demonstrate professional integrity, maintain a healthy work environment and establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, collaborators and other staff members.


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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