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Research Asst/Tech 3

Vancouver, BC
$23.09 an hour
Job Posting

Job ID:


Vancouver - Hospital Site

Employment Group:

Technicians & Research Assists

Job Category:

Non Union Research/Technical

Classification Title:

Research Asst/Tech 3

Business Title:

Research Asst/Tech 3


Faculty of Medicine



Salary Range:

$23.09 (minimum) - $25.19 (midpoint) - $27.28 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:

Desired Start Date:


Job End Date:


Funding Type:

Grant Funded

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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

The Gut4Health initiative aims to establish a unique microbiome profiling core at the BC Children's Hospital. The core will work with local clinicians and researchers to define the gut microbiome composition and function of pediatric patients, and to help predict, prevent and treat diseases such as asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and C. difficile infections. The goals of the core include supporting local microbiome-based studies and aiding in the development of new and safe microbiome-based therapies. Funding for the Gut4Health initiative derives from the generous donations of the mining community through the Mining for Miracles Program.

We are looking for a motivated and talented individual to join our team as a Research Technician. The successful candidate will possess extensive laboratory experience. It is expected that the successful candidate will master specific technical skills underlying modern microbiome research, and be sufficiently skilled to independently perform such work and instruct others as well. The successful candidate will work closely with an interdisciplinary team to tackle cutting-edge challenges in microbiome science.

Organizational Status

The Research Technician reports directly to the project manager for Gut4Health, and liaises with other members of Gut4Health and Dr. Bruce Vallance's research group, including co-investigators, researchers, research assistants, post-doctoral fellows, students and staff.

Work Performed

  • Prepare samples for microbiome analysis.

  • Operate facility instrumentation include a digital PCR system, lyophilizer and an anaerobic chamber.

  • Plan and perform experiments; troubleshoot problems; collect, record, analyse and interpret experimental results.

  • Assist in the development of cutting-edge protocols for microbiome research.

  • Maintain a detailed lab notebook.

  • Write reports, maintain lab protocol documents, present research results at research team meetings, and assist with preparing presentations.

  • Provide training to undergraduate students, as well as new and lower level technicians in the use of equipment, techniques and procedures.

  • Set up, test, operate and maintain common laboratory equipment.

Supervision Received

The successful applicant will work under minimal supervision, receiving specific instructions only on unusual problems or on matters which depart significantly from established policy and procedure. Reports directly to the Project Manager for Gut4Health.

Supervision Given

May oversee and direct the work of one or two employees at lower classifications in which case the successful applicant is responsible for the accuracy, production, and control of the work unit.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The successful applicant will exercise a considerable amount of judgment, responsibility, and initiative in determining work procedures and methods, and coordinating the work of the unit.

The Gut4Health Microbiome core is situated within the Childhood and Disease Theme of the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute. Errors made could compromise the results of research projects, and therefore impact the credibility of the Unit, Centre, Institute and individual Investigator(s).


    Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Graduate degree in a relevant discipline such as a microbiology, immunology and biochemistry is preferred. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior experience working in a laboratory environment is mandatory. Previous experience working with mammalian cell culture and microbes is an asset. *

  • Strong understanding of human immunology is required.
  • Strong computer skills required, including the ability to effectively use Microsoft Office, GraphPad and Prism. As well, strong attention to detail, as well as strong organizational, and interpersonal skills are necessary.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize tasks, adapt to changing priorities, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement, responsibility, and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a collaborative team environment.

All positions in the Department of Pediatrics at BC Children's Hospital require a Criminal Record Check (CRC). A pre-employment CRC is required as part of the recruitment process and any offer of employment is contingent pending positive results of the CRC.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.