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Title Laboratory Assistant
Program Ottawa Public Health Laboratory
Job ID -0329
Organizational Overview Public Health Ontario (PHO) is a Crown corporation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, OAHPP links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians. For more information about OAHPP, visit
Position Details Position Title: Laboratory Assistant
Department: Public Health Laboratory – Ottawa
Duration: Permanent
Location: 2380 St. Laurent Blvd, Ottawa
Bargaining Unit Status: OPSEU
Position Status: Internal –Open to PHO employees only
Job Code: 15502
Salary: $23.05 - $25.23 hourly
Posting Date: February 11, 2013
Closing Date: February 25, 2013

Key Responsibilities Public Health Ontario requires a Laboratory Assistant for the Ottawa Public Health Laboratories to perform laboratory attendant duties on a rotational basis. You will: receive, accession and log specimens into the Laboratory Information system; filter water samples, prepare reagents, stains, solutions and culture media; process specimens for testing, including planting of specimens for bacterial culture, processing stool samples and staining of slides for Parasitology examination, set-up biochemical tests, etc.; additional responsibilities may include maintaining equipment e.g. incubators and freezers, recording temperature readings, utilizing a computer to look-up data such as patient’s information, stock-keeping, photocopying, faxing and filing.
Knowledge and Skills Knowledge of medical terminology normally acquired through the completion of a medical laboratory technician’s course or related experience; skills to maintain accuracy in a high volume, repetitive work environment; knowledge of and skills to operate technical equipment e.g. pipettors, autoclave, bio-safety cabinet; manual dexterity to open specimens, stopper tubes, capped bottles, set-up biochemical tests; knowledge of computers to look-up data; good knowledge of laboratory safety; OSMT certification would be preferred.
Job Status Full Time Regular
Posting date 2/11/2013
Closing date 2/25/2013
City Ottawa
Province Ontario [ON]
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