Research Assistant II - MCIC Histology, BC Cancer Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
5d ago
source : Provincial Health Services Authority

MCIC Histology - Research Assistant II

BC Cancer Victoria

The Trev and Joyce Deeley Research Centre (DRC) is an integral a part of BC Cancer Victoria. The DRC is a world class cancer research facility with specialization in cancer immunology.

As part of this focus on cancer immunology, the DRC houses the Molecular and Cellular Immunology Core (MCIC), which provides histological services for DRC member labs, external collaborators and industry clients from around the globe.

MCIC services include :

  • Tissue processing, embedding and sectioning
  • Construction of tissue microarrays
  • Multicolour immunohistochemistry (mcIHC) and multicolour immunofluorescence (mcIF)
  • Automated image acquisition and analysis
  • In addition to these services we will be developing molecular techniques such as in situ hybridization and in situ PCR techniques to add to our ever expanding capabilities.

    What you’ll do

    We are looking for a full time Research Assistant II to join our dynamic MCIC-Histology team. The successful applicant will work under the direction of the MCIC-Histology supervisor and be responsible for :

  • Performing histological services
  • Assisting in getting new imaging equipment up and running and integrated into workflow
  • Assisting in the development of new techniques such as in situ hybridization and in situ PCR
  • Analyzing multicolour immunohistochemical / immunofluorescent stains using automated scoring methods
  • Maintaining reagent inventories
  • Maintaining laboratory equipment
  • Other duties as required
  • What you bring

    The successful applicant will have a Bachelor of Science degree in a related discipline such as Biology or Biochemistry, and a minimum of two years of recent related experience in a research laboratory with at least one year of histology experience.

    Experiences with tissue processing, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy and image analysis are key assets. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may also be considered.

    In addition to strong communication skills, the ideal applicant will demonstrate a record of responsible decision making, the ability to prioritize work, and the capability to independently plan and conduct experiments.

    What’s in it for you

    Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future.

    That’s why we’re focused on your care too offering health, wellness, development programs to support you at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
  • 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.
  • Temporary, Full-Time (from April 2020 to March 2022)


    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Monday to Friday; 0830 - 1630

    Requisition Number : 92441

    What we do

    BC Cancer provides comprehensive cancer control for the people of British Columbia.

    Provincial Health Services Authority ( PHSA ) plans, coordinates and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province.

    Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include : Respect people Be compassionate Dare to innovate Cultivate partnerships Serve with purpose.

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    PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

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