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Job title: Genomics Laboratory Technician

Company: University of Saskatchewan

Job description: Genomics Laboratory Technician (req6025)

Department: Global Institute for Food Security
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Term, up to 24 months
Employment Group: Research
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $23.53 – 31.83 per hour. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Salary Phase: Salary Band 5
Posted Date: 9/4/2020
Closing Date: Until Filled
Number of Openings: 2 About OPAL

The Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory (OPAL), currently in a soft launch, is a state-of-the-art laboratory that provides genomics, phenomics and bioinformatics services to the agri-food sector. With funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada, the GIFS-managed initiative is a collaboration between the University of Saskatchewan, the National Research Council of Canada, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

OPAL is the first laboratory in Canada to provide integrated crop data and precision agriculture technologies to support a wide range of research and commercial stakeholders. The initiative will enable world-class, at-scale capability that can support the needs of the agricultural/food technology innovation ecosystem. The ability to offer start-to-finish solutions differentiates OPAL from platforms that focus solely on data acquisition or analysis.

Primary Purpose: The position exists in the Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory (OPAL) to carry out technical support of sequencing and genomics applications in OPAL. It involves technical support of multiple advanced DNA sequencing and other genomics platforms, in addition to technical support of sequencing operations, protocol development and client sample data management. The employee reports to Ms. Peta-Gaye Burnett (OPAL Platform Leader) with day-to-day technical supervision by the Senior Laboratory Technician.

Volume of work is high and can result in excess of 40hrs/week, but averages at no more than 40hrs/week on an annual basis.

This work is highly interconnected with other programs within GIFS, day-to-day decisions are taken independently, strategy decision and implementation are taken with direction from the supervisors.

Impact of error is moderate to high, as error may result in loss of time and resources, damage for a client, or injury to lab personnel.

The technical leadership level is moderate as the position implements decisions made at the supervisor level, however, the position will have responsibility to support training for new technical staff in molecular biology and sequencing technology.

Typical Duties or Accountabilities:

  • Conducting sequencing workflows from DNA and RNA extraction and purification, library preparation and subsequent sequencing of samples
  • Technical support of OPAL sequencing and genomics equipment platforms
  • Technical support of OPAL laboratory material and supplies
  • Technical support of the development of high-throughput capacity through automation and robotics
  • Understanding of quality assurance and quality control
  • Support the development of SOPs, and laboratory protocols including the use of an Electronic Lab Notebook
  • Support establishing requirements for the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Responsible for laboratory supplies and maintenance of all laboratory equipment, DNA sequencing and genomics platforms
  • Equipment operational expertise, training and protocol development
  • Laboratory safety
  • Effective communication with individuals inside and outside of the group


  • Interfacing with GIFS technology platforms
  • Interfacing with GIFS scientific programs
  • Engaging in fee-for-service projects


Education: Master’s in plant biology, agriculture, or biochemistry or a Bachelors in a comparable field and at least two years of professional experience in genomics and transcriptomics.

Experience: Prior experience in basic molecular lab tasks such as DNA, RNA, protein manipulations assays, genomics sequencing workflow, as well as basic laboratory techniques, is required. Experience in proteomics workflows, tissue culture and automation is desirable.

Applications, including a cover letter and CV, are only accepted via the U of S Careers site.

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Location: Saskatoon, SK

Job date: Sat, 05 Sep 2020 00:29:43 GMT

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