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Research Associate

Job IDE4-08-35-53-81-9F
CompanyOntario Institute For Cancer Research
Date Posted2023-11-07
Posted Until2024-05-05
Job TypeFull-time
Job CategoryMiscellaneous
The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a Research Associate with oncology/immuno-oncology target validation experience to join the Drug Discovery Program. The successful candidate will have drug discovery experience and knowledge of oncology target validation and assay development.

The OICR Drug Discovery Program is one of the largest programs of its kind in Canada. Our mission is to help efficiently translate discoveries made in Ontario's labs into novel oncology therapies. The team is comprised of more than 25 researchers whose collective expertise spans the entire drug discovery process from target identification and validation to clinical candidate selection. The group has extensive drug discovery experience within pharma and biotech environments and combines the disciplines of biology, ADME/PK, analytical, medicinal, and computational chemistry expertise along with state-of-the-art infrastructure necessary to successfully conduct drug discovery projects.

OICR is Ontario's cancer research institute. We bring together people from across the province and around the world to improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer. We take on the biggest challenges in cancer research and deliver real-world solutions to find cancer earlier and treat it more effectively. We are committed to helping people living with cancer, as well as future generations, live longer and healthier lives.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Position responsibilities include:

Design and conduct experiments to validate novel oncology and/or immuno-oncology targets.
Maintain meticulous records of experimental procedures and data.
Liaise effectively with multi-disciplinary team members (computational chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and ADME groups) within the Drug Discovery Program, with other OICR Research Programs, and with academic and industry collaborators.
Participate in team meetings, both internal and external.
Present results to internal and external audiences, and contribute to funding requests, as well as manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.
Assist in day-to-day lab management, such as reagent inventories, reagent ordering, instrument maintenance, and generation/updating of SOPs.
Work effectively under pressure and tight timelines.
Adhere to all OICR safety guidelines and policies, strongly advocates safety to others.

MSc in Pharmacology or related field, or recognized equivalent.
Recent graduate with relevant experience in an industrial/academic drug discovery environment would be an asset.
Experience in cell/molecular biology, including cloning, PCR/QRT-PCR, Western Blot, CRIPSR editing, cell culture, lentivirus generation and transduction, single-cell cloning, generation of stable cell lines, and flow cytometry.
Comprehensive knowledge of Cell Biology, Oncology, Immunology and Pharmacology.
Strong knowledge and experience in oncology and immuno-oncology target validation.
Strong data analysis skills and proven knowledge in biological data statistical analyses.
Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Proven sense of team building and work ethic.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
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OICR is committed to fostering a climate of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. This commitment is central to, and mutually supportive of, our research excellence mandate. We welcome and respect the diversity of all members of our community and we support an inclusive culture for all. We welcome all applicants, and encourage applications from racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S persons, and others who may contribute to furthering a diversity of ideas within our community. OICR is committed to fair assessment of a candidate's abilities, and consideration for diversity of thought, method, and experience. Providing an accessible workplace and recruitment process is important to us, as described in our Accessibility Plan ( Should you require accommodation during any stage in the recruitment process, please complete the form at the bottom of page Information received related to accommodation will be handled confidentially.

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