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Title Research Technician
Program Kingston Public Health Laboratory
Job ID 13-0063
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: Research Technician
Department: Kingston Public Health Laboratory
Duration: Temporary Part Time – 18.13 hours per week
12 months/one year contract
Location: 181 Barrie Street, Kingston
Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Competition Status: OPEN
Job Code: 16PGS
Salary: $59,620 to $72,826 annually
Job ID: 13-0063
Posting Date: June 17, 2013
Closing Date: July 2, 2013

Position Summary

The Research Technician will provide highly specialized and complex molecular-based laboratory testing to identify emerging pathogens and other pathogens/toxins/virulence factors/drug resistance of public health importance and molecular typing method. The Research Technician will perform and evaluate protocols and conduct, under supervision, research projects, sophisticated analyses and method evaluations.

Key Responsibilities • Performs sophisticated molecular analysis and research tests in order to respond to potential public health threats from emerging pathogens, protect public health and safety, and to support disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment and other organism of public health importance;
• Performs tests and provides input to molecular specialists on highly specialized and complex molecular-based laboratory testing to identify emerging pathogens. Recommends improvements in laboratory methods, equipment and new testing technology;
• Under scientific oversight of a molecular specialist adjusts existing protocols or modifies formalized procedures and new protocols for molecular-based diagnostic laboratory testing of emerging pathogens as above. Participates in research and development as part of the process in establishing new protocols where none exists. Conducts under supervision, research projects, and sophisticated analyses and methods evaluations;
• Provides technical guidance to medical technologists in performing procedures that apply to molecular-based techniques. Supports the implementation of more effective techniques and new test technology. Assesses proposed and existing laboratory procedures and reports on findings to a molecular specialist for further action. Prepares procedure manuals;
• Maintains quality control and recommends improvements to laboratory methods and techniques;
• Performs analysis and interpretation of molecular typing test results and provides written reports.

Knowledge and Skills • Demonstrated knowledge of current molecular theory and its application to the field of public health;
• Proven knowledge in such areas as bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, virology, immunology, environmental microbiology, and emerging pathogens such as SARS and West Nile Virus;
• Knowledge of molecular testing methods in order to participate in research experiments and projects, to conduct complex molecular-based laboratory tests and to make definitive decisions regarding test results;
• Analytical skills to perform molecular-based testing techniques and methodologies to identify emerging pathogens; to utilize new approaches for implementation with the laboratories; to report on findings and make technical judgements;
• Good oral and written communication skills to discuss results with medial and scientific professionals regarding the development and implementation of new/revised protocol; to discuss test results and interpretation; to prepare on molecular based laboratory diagnostic results and to prepare/revise laboratory manuals;
• Knowledge of PHL policies and procedures related to the provision of diagnostic clinical laboratory services to conduct complex testing and research tests and to make recommendations for changes to laboratory guidelines and procedures;
• Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation, protocols, practices and standards to safely conduct laboratory testing;
• Knowledge of Laboratory Information Systems and other database programs to facilitate data collection, analysis and interpretation;
• Experience with molecular techniques such as PCR and Sanger sequencing are essential for this position.

Education and Experience • Bachelor of Science degree from a university of recognized standing or equivalent experience in microbiology with specialized training in molecular studies, molecular laboratory diagnostic methods, equipment, research and analysis. A Master’s of Science degree would be considered an asset.

Your cover letter and resume must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications and competencies of the position.

Thank you for your interest in this position, however, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please continue to view our website for new career opportunities with the Public Health Ontario.
Posting date 6/17/2013
Closing date 7/2/2013
City Kingston
Province Ontario [ON]
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