University of Alberta

Clinical Molecular Technologist

Department of Medical Genetics

Competition No.  -    S115439318
Posting Date  -    Aug 14, 2019
Closing Date  -    Aug 21, 2019
Position Type  -    Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range  -    $67,368 to $93,886 per year
Grade  -    11
Hours  -    37.5

This position has an end date of one year from date of hire and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits

Reporting to the Co-Director, Molecular Diagnostics and the Senior Clinical Molecular Technologist, this position is responsible to develop and perform complex diagnostic testing.


  • Following mandatory quality assurance and control practices, independently leads the design and implementation of highly complex clinical tests essential for the diagnosing of human genetic disease
  • Develops standard operating procedures and policies in accordance with lab accreditation
  • Performs and evaluates complex clinical diagnostic testing meeting quality assurance and control standards 
  • Writes final reports to the ordering physician/health care professionals detailing both the outcome of the diagnostic test as well as the implications for patient management
  • Communicates with ordering physician/health care professionals regarding clinical patient status and diagnostic test details
  • Intellectual contribution to the preparation of manuscripts for publication (which may include the preparation of initial draft copies)
  • Evaluates suitability and remains current with new technology/techniques
  • Independently troubleshoots techniques, equipment, and software used for molecular testing
  • Responsible for the safe handling of all patient tissues in a biohazard 2 facility
  • Maintains patient files and follows clinical standards regarding patient confidentiality
  • Communicates with lab directors regarding any abnormal results
  • Assists in maintaining current operating budget and in purchasing equipment/lab supplies
  • Performs laboratory techniques including but not limited to: DNA extractions, polymerase chain reaction, Southern blot analysis, DNA sequencing, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), mutation analysis by capillary electrophoresis, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification, real-time PCR, and allelic discrimination analysis
  • Prepares solutions and reagents for laboratory procedures
  • Works safely in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Conforms to all laboratory safety regulation and rotates as laboratory safety officer when requested
  • Performs preventative maintenance on diagnostic equipment


  • Preference of M.Sc. in a Genetics speciality, graduate of a Clinical Genetics Technology program or at minimum a Bachelor of Science in a program that includes lecture courses and laboratory courses in molecular genetics in addition to post-graduate work directly related to molecular genetics.
  • Preference of experience from a graduate program or from the workplace, in a laboratory conducting basic molecular genetic techniques.
  • Also preferred, experience in applying these techniques to the analysis of human genetic diseases in a diagnostic setting.
  • Candidate must be CMLTA eligible.
  • Additional knowledge of clinical testing guidelines and policies would be an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

How to Apply


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.