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Projects Manager | BC Cancer Agency's Genome Sciences Centre

The Genome Sciences Centre is seeking a full-time Projects Manager. This role is for a Manager of epigenetics, bioinformatics, and other research projects and grants (including a CEEHRC/IHEC-member epigenome mapping project) in a research environment. Reporting to the Head Project Management or Projects Team Leader and working closely with the Principal Investigators (PIs), you will play a key role in managing projects and grants within the context of a research culture with established policies and procedures, vision and values. The major focus of this position is to work with the PIs to establish the objectives, milestones, and budgets for various projects and grants, and monitor the progress against these objectives and milestones.

Location: Vancouver, BC

Lab: Genome Sciences Centre, Projects team

Posted: 2017-09-28

Closing date: not stated


Postdoctoral Fellows | Princess Margaret Cancer Centre / University of Toronto

We seek postdoctoral fellows for several projects in computational genomics and machine learning. Selected projects include:

  1. Integrating epigenomic and sequence data to better understand human gene regulation.
  2. Creating models of transcription factor binding that allow us to predict the effects of perturbations.
  3. Developing deep learning techniques to find novel behavior in multiple functional genomics datasets.

We also welcome your project ideas! The project should concern mammalian epigenomics. Cancer relevance preferred.

Location: Toronto, ON

Lab: Hoffman Lab

Posted: 2017-09-25

Closing Date: not stated


Research Laboratory Technician | University of Calgary (job ID 13693)

The University of Calgary is currently seeking a fixed-term, full-time Research Laboratory Technician for the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute in the Cummings School of Medicine. This position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.


The Research Laboratory Technician will report to the Principal Investigator. The research laboratory technician will perform skilled and semi-skilled laboratory procedures required for molecular biology research.  These tasks are routine with moderate complexity and will include but not necessarily be limited to mammalian cell culture; western blot analysis; and PCR analysis.  The position will provide technical support for other team members through undertaking common laboratory tasks by carrying out experiments in a team setting and maintaining an organized laboratory environment.

Summary of key responsibilities

  • Conducting molecular biology analyses using western blotting and PCR analysis
  • Conducting in vivo mouse experiments including xenografting either independently or under the direction of the Principal Investigator and/or other lab members
  • Establishing and maintaining mammalian tissue cultures
  • Preparing media for mammalian cell culture
  • Making up basic laboratory stock solutions (e.g. TE, TBS, PBS, ethanol solutions, SDS-PAGE sample and running buffers, agarose gel loading dyes, paraformaldehyde, antibiotic stocks etc.)
  • Maintaining clear and well-documented reports of all research experiments
  • Keeping common areas and 'clean' areas (e.g. mammalian tissue culture hoods and incubators) tidy and clean
  • Autoclaving glassware, solutions, laboratory reagents and items for tissue culture and molecular biology
  • Reliable and safe operation of all laboratory equipment
  • Trains other staff and students in the operation of equipment and laboratory protocols
  • Conduct analyses of various biological samples (eg. tissues, blood, urine, etc) and record findings
  • Understanding of safety codes, standards, and systems related to specialization
  • Keep laboratory and work area clean and safe
  • Operate and maintain basic technical equipment
  • Provide semi-skilled to skilled technical procedures to support the research project


  • Bachelors degree in Science in biochemistry / molecular biology required with a Masters degree in Science preferred
  • Minimum 2 years experience working in a biochemistry and molecular biology wet laboratory, and/or wet lab experience in university-level courses
  • 1 to 3 years of related technical experience within the research specialty field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in performing mammalian tissue culture procedures and molecular biology research procedures is required
  • Previous experience performing in vivo mouse work including xenografting experience would be an asset
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication, written and organizational skills
  • Perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
  • Interact with other members of the team and undertake literature reviews
  • Provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues
  • Knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)

Location: Calgary, AB

Lab: Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, Foothills Campus

Posted: 2017-09-21

Closing date: 2017-10-05


Computational Postdoc | Princess Margaret Cancer Centre / University of Toronto

A computational postdoc position in epigenetics / epigenomics is available.

The Lupien Lab offers a multi-disciplinary team setting. The lab brings together enthusiastic scientists with diverse backgrounds, providing a wide range of perspectives to each research project. Our research focuses on identifying the molecular biology underlying cancer initiation and progression by exploiting the power of functional epigenomics.

Location: Toronto, ON

Lab: Lupien Lab

Posted: 2017-09-18

Closing Date: not stated