Job Summary
Researchers in the Department of Molecular Oncology at BC Cancer Research Institute use the latest technologies to rapidly identify genes that are involved in the development of cancer. We are seeking a highly-motivated, organized, driven individual with an interest or past experience with working with research animals in an academic setting. This entry level position will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to work and learn within an academic research environment where continual training and learning is greatly encouraged. The core focus of this position will be handling and working with research animals, as well as, conducting research experiments on animals; hands-on training will be provided to the successful candidate. This animal tech position will be involved with performing research in drug pharmacology directed at human tumours, with assays in immunodeficient mice (xenotransplants).

Organizational Status
The successful applicant will report to the Principal Investigator or his/her delegate and may assist in overseeing technical work of students and trainees.

Work Performed

  • Perform and/or oversee animal procedures involving immunization, oral gavage, injections, tumour inoculation, tumour volume measurements, blood and tissue collection, surgical procedures, necropsy, and post-operative care.
  • Assist in the daily care of transgenic animals and maintains colonies of human tumour bearing immunodeficient animals.
  • Daily health monitoring and care of laboratory animals.
  • Plan and perform animal experiments utilizing complex procedures and/or techniques.
  • Be able to recognize and resolve behavioral and/or housing issues; may provide technical instructions and training for other staff and/or trainees
  • Process tissue samples and carry out primary cell isolation as instructed.
  • Carry out laboratory techniques following standard operating protocols ages, tables, graphs and charts.
  • Maintain both laboratory and laboratory records of both animal data and experimental data; when required to summarize results in research reports and lab presentations.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • On a rotation basis, must be available for emergency calls 24/7 and respond appropriately.

Minimum Qualifications
Completion of a relevant technical program or a university degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own
  • Demonstrates a commitment to enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications

  • Postgraduate degree in Science is preferred.
  • CALAS certification (e.g. RLAT) is an asset.
  • Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with cell culture and aseptic technique preferred, involving both isolation and maintenance of rodent primary cultures and cell lines.
  • Experience in the use and handling of hazardous materials such as biological agents and cytotoxic drugs is essential.
  • Experience in the monitoring and management of human tumour bearing animals.
  • A working knowledge of the CCAC guidelines and compassion and sensitivity for animals.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact positively and productively with other team members are essential.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • The successful candidate must be well-organized, conscientious, understand the importance of detail, and be able to multi-task and prioritize duties effectively.
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