Research & Scientific Associate Positions Available

Flow Cytometry Specialist

Date Posted: 02/14/2022
Req ID: 22246
Faculty/Division: Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Department: Department of Immunology
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

About us:
Home to over 40 departments and institutes, the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine lies at the heart of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network and is a global leader in ground-breaking research and education, spanning clinical medicine, basic science and the rehabilitation sciences sectors.

Your opportunity:
The Temerty Faculty of Medicine Flow Cytometry Facility, located in the Department of Immunology, at the Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto, is a key core facility for the University of Toronto research community, offering cell sorting and analysis as well as training in flow cytometry to a wide range of clients.

The facility currently encompasses 3 cell sorters and 5 analytical instruments, to allow multi-parameter sorting and analysis at level 2 biosafety. In addition, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the facility will soon be upgrading its capabilities to allow up to 40 parameter analysis. The existing Facility has never been busier in its history with a high volume of users and increasing sophistication of the instrument capabilities. The flow cytometry specialist/lab technician will support the Facility Manager and Scientific Director to deliver support to users in experimental design and trouble shooting; training in use of analytical instruments, as well as operation and maintenance of instruments, including conducting cell sorting or analysis for users.

As a Flow Cytometry Specialist, you will support dozens of high-impact research projects operating within the facility, to translating into scientific breakthroughs. You will ensure efficient and consistent operations of the facility including maintenance, inventory control, assistance with experimental design, interpretation, troubleshooting as well as running instruments for users. Relying on your sound scientific and technical skills and your strong communication skills, you will ensure operational excellence in a dynamic, high-compliance work environment amongst staff, students and faculty.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Operating BD FACS Aria/FACS Melody cell sorters and any newly acquired instruments under level 2 sterile conditions and applying established standards
  • Collecting and reporting experimental data for clients on cell sorters or analyzers
  • Training users in flow cytometry and use of flow cytometry instruments
  • Assisting clients with experimental design and troubleshooting experimental or equipment issues
  • Maintaining facility operations including instrument maintenance and oversight of instrument bookings and use

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in life sciences (immunology or cell biology or related field) or acceptable combination of equivalent experience
  • Minimum two years of relevant laboratory experience
  • Experience with pre-clinical experiments, immunology/cell biology research
  • Experience in sterile techniques, mammalian cell culture, cell isolation, immunostaining, and analysis by flow cytometry
  • Demonstrated experience supporting labs, including setup of equipment
  • Experience serving as a resource and providing technical support, training, and troubleshooting to users
  • Experience in collecting, analyzing and summarizing data for presentation
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Familiarity with flow cytometry analysis software, such as FlowJo and FACS DIVA
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills and strong interpersonal skill
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Abilityto work independently, and take initiative to meet deadlines and ensure issues are addressed in a timely manner
  • Must work effectively in a team, have excellent time management skills, sound judgment, exemplary organizational skills, and a commitment to research
  • Strong knowledge of health and safety regulations, experience applying lab safety and protocol procedures

Assets (Nonessential):

  • A graduate degree in related field
  • Experience working in fluorescence based cell sorting with 5+ colours
  • Experience working with human subjects

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Communicator
  • Multi-tasker
  • Organized
  • Problem solver
  • Team player

The successful candidate will be required to have up to date immunizations to work with human samples upon starting the role (such as Hepatitis B).

Closing Date: 03/07/2022, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW 
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing 
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 09 -- $58,824 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $75,227. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol. 
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching
Recruiter: Dinuka Perera

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

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