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Specialist Research Core Facilities Research Facilities

October 21 2021
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Govt., NPO, Social & Community Work, Health, Medical, Medical research, Pharma, Biotech, Sciences, R&D, Social Work, Counselling, Psychology, Trades, Technicians, Construction
Toronto, ON

The Department of Research Facilities is seeking a candidate to provide expertise, operational oversight and training to the Research Core Facilities (RCF) within the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science (KRCBS). The KRCBS includes 4 primary platforms of research: 1) Hematology, Cancer and Immunological Diseases, 2) Cardiovascular and Diabetes Complications, 3) Trauma, Critical Care and Inflammation, and 4) the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (iBEST), a collaboration with Ryerson University.

The RCF is an essential part of the KRCBS. It is a 36,000 square foot self-financed business, shared resource, providing the very latest equipment and expertise in biomedical science. The RCF includes 5 distinct areas of sub-specialization: Flow Cytometry/Cell Sorting, Molecular Biology/Genomics, Bioimaging, Histology, Pre-clinical Imaging and Microfabrication, as well as common shared equipment comprising over 150 instruments vital to the productivity of the KRCBS.

The RCF is looking for someone to run our shared Cell Culture and Virus/Bacteria facilities, and manage our Biosafety programme. The ideal candidate must be an expert in Cell Culture as well as having a solid understanding of laboratory safety, both practices and regulations. The ideal candidate should also have a good working knowledge of general laboratory practices and experience with biohazardous materials, viruses, bacteria and in-vivo models of research.


The primary role of this position is to run the shared Cell Culture and Virus/Bacteria facilities, and Biosafety programme. This would include:

  • Provide both comprehensive Cell Culture training and Biosafety training for all new staff, and refresher training for existing staff, thereby facilitating the production of high-quality research in a manner that meets all safety regulations
  • Run the day-to-day operations of the Shared Cell Culture and Virus/Bacteria facilities including, maintenance of equipment and assignment of space and resources.
  • Work with laboratory staff to ensure Cell Culture and Virus/Bacteria facilities are maintained in an orderly and aseptic manner in order to minimize contamination and downtime
  • Collect and maintain accurate biosafety permits for each laboratory
  • Perform routine laboratory biosafety audits to ensure compliance with safety standards
  • Provide technical expertise in the design & execution of scientific experiments, ensuring users use proper techniques and safety procedures
  • Represent KRCBS by participating in professional organizations, community outreach, and professional development events such as courses and meetings
  • Participate in institutional grants to procure equipment in order to meet the resource demands and safety requirements of the research community
  • Understand and anticipate emerging techniques, technology and safety regulations in order to provide the KRCBS an advantage in the highly competitive field of medical research


  • Master’s degree with at least 7 years of recent lab experience, PhD preferred
  • Significant hands-on experience in wet bench medical research, including biohazardous materials
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with Cell Culture techniques
  • Strong familiarity with governmental guidelines and regulation related to biosafety
  • Good level of knowledge of a wide range of scientific laboratory equipment and techniques including: spectophotometric analysis, molecular biology procedures, column chromatography, ultracentrifugation, purification of proteins and hormones, ELISA assays, multiplex assays, gel documentation, bacteria, viral vectors, western analysis, histology and in-vivo models of research
  • Excellent communicator
  • Capable of independent decision making
  • Works well under pressure and effective multi-tasker
  • Organized and efficient problem solver
  • Must have an excellent attendance record

As a condition of employment, all external hires will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or documentation unless a valid accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code exists. All internal candidates must be in compliance with Unity Health Toronto's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.