University of Alberta

Laboratory Technician

Department of Oncology

Competition No.  -    S105339818
Posting Date  -    Aug 12, 2019
Closing Date  -    Aug 19, 2019
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $39,110 to $52,044 per year
Grade  -    05
Hours  -    35

This position has a term length of one year, with the possibility of extension based on the availability of funding, and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits

The Division of Experimental Oncology within the University of Alberta conducts research on the biological mechanisms that drive cancer using techniques encompassing in vitro molecular and cellular biology, in vivo animal models and patient-centered clinical trials, translational and educational research, and multicenter randomized clinical trials.

Within this framework, the Baker Lab researches the immunological consequences associated with different forms of DNA repair defects in colorectal cancer (CRC). We investigate this using standard techniques in addition to novel organoid culture methods, orthotopic CRC mouse models and 16S microbial sequencing. The Laboratory Technician will report to Dr. Kristi Baker and assist in the design, coordination, execution and analysis of experiments that probe the relationship between the intestine and its resident immune and microbial cell populations. The Laboratory Technician will also participate in the operational management of the lab, including ordering supplies, assisting with animal and human ethics protocols, maintaining safety documentation and training graduate and undergraduate students.


  • Assists with daily laboratory activities such as maintenance of lab equipment, purchasing supplies, and maintaining all inventories
  • Assists in sample processing and animal model experiments involving mouse, and human cell cultures and tumor samples in collaboration with the PI
  • Participates in animal surgeries and post-operative monitoring
  • Plans and develops experimental protocols in collaboration with the PI, graduate/summer students, postdocs, trainees and technical staff
  • Conducts genetic manipulation of mouse and human cell lines (CRISPR/CAS9)
  • Collects and interprets experimental data to determine its relevant significance and suitability for publication
  • Trains other staff, students, and visiting investigators in technologies and techniques developed in the laboratory
  • Oversees biosafety and chemical safety in the lab, ensuring proper handling and treatment of hazardous materials


  • Minimum post-secondary diploma in Bioscience Technology or a related field
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a laboratory setting
  • Experience with basic molecular biology and immunology protocols, including cell culture, cloning, qPCR, Western blotting, immunohistochemistry, ELISA, flow cytometry, isolation of cells from tissues, etc.
  • Experience with any of the following will be considered a strong asset: primary organoid culture, orthotopic mouse models, 16S sequencing, metagenomic analysis
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Apps (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs)
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal
  • Highly developed organizational and time management skills including demonstrated ability to manage multiple deadlines and projects

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.