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Genome Sciences Technologist – Biospecimen Core

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  • Vancouver
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Website BCCancer_GSC Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC)

Today’s Research. Tomorrow’s Medicine.

Job Reference No.:  GST_P00634_HSA 136839_Biospec Core_2022_11_24

Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) is a state-of-the-art, large scale, high throughput, clinically accredited genomics and bioinformatics facility. If you have a diploma in Biotechnology, Microbiology or Biochemistry and experience working in a research lab, join our team as a Genome Science Technologist!

At the GSC, Genome Science Technologists perform various molecular biology techniques and procedures using laboratory robots. This includes biospecimen procurement, sample handling and quality control, diverse library construction and high throughput sequencing methods.

The position is anchored within a team of exceptional scientists, computational biologists and programmers, which collaborate directly on the development of robust, cost efficient, and competitive processes for new targeted and precision medicine analytical pipelines. By working within the GSCs biospecimen core, you will develop close relationships with world-renown specialists in bioinformatics, cancer researchers and medical scientists; have access to one of the most robust computational and next generation genome sequencing technology facilities in Canada, all while living in one of the most beautiful, diverse and eclectic cities in the world. Your work will help to save lives and contribute to a world free from the fear of cancer.

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.

This is a temporary full-time renewable union position.

Apply now!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Following controlled laboratory procedures, performs tasks such as biospecimen receipt and quality check, laboratory information management system (LIMS) data entry, RNA and DNA purification, cDNA synthesis, genome and transcriptome next generation library construction and sequencing, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) experiments and agarose gel electrophoresis.
  • Works within a regulated quality system including maintaining training records, document control with active corrective and preventative actions (CA/PA).
  • Data entry using laboratory software and basic reporting of results to supervisors.
  • Prepares solutions following standard operating procedures.
  • Maintains general lab and equipment cleanliness.  Recognizes and reports malfunctions in equipment.
  • Processes patient samples according to established procedures for clinical sequencing diagnostic tests.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Education, Training and Experience
Graduation from a recognized diploma program in Biotechnology, Microbiology or Biochemistry

– OR –

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience acceptable to the Genome Sciences Centre Group Leaders and Production Coordinators.

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of molecular biology techniques, particularly DNA and RNA preparation and manipulation, and a good understanding of genomics technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform detailed procedures reproducibly and accurately.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively with others in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently organize work assignments and establish priorities.
  • Basic knowledge of and ability to operate personal computers.


Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to, using Job Reference No.:  GST_P00634_HSA 136839_Biospec Core_2022_11_24 in the subject line of your email.

This posting will remain online until filled.

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021

We believe that equity, diversity and inclusivity are essential for the advancement of human knowledge and science.

We welcome all applicants and provide all employees with equal opportunity for advancement, regardless of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, conviction of a criminal or summary conviction offence unrelated to their employment.

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

About the GSC

Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC)

Today’s Research. Tomorrow’s Medicine.

The GSC is a department of the BC Cancer Research Institute and a high-throughput genome sequencing facility. We are leaders in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics in pursuit of novel treatment strategies for cancers and other diseases.

Among the world’s first genome centres to be established within a cancer clinic, for more than two decades our scientists and innovators have been designing and deploying cutting-edge technologies to benefit health and advance clinical research.

Among the GSC’s most significant accomplishments are the first publication to demonstrate the use of whole-genome sequencing to inform cancer treatment planning, the first published sequence of the SARS coronavirus genome and major contributions to the first physical map of the human genome as part of the Human Genome Project.

By joining the GSC you will become part of an exceptional and diverse team of scientists, clinicians, experts and professionals operating at the leading edge of clinical research. We look for people who share our core values—science, timeliness, respect—to join us on our mission to use genome science for the betterment of health and society.

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