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Research Engineer

Job Code: RE 09-13-17

The BC Cancer Agency’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre is looking for a Research Engineer to work on laboratory automation projects mostly around tissue handling and sample preparation for DNA sequencing. The position is within the GSC’s Instrumentation Group which does programming for the GSC’s commercial liquid handlers as well as doing hardware and software development for novel automation platforms. This requires a combination of mechanical design, electronics, fluidics and software skills.

The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree in engineering with experience developing standalone applications that interact with physical systems. Some combination of experience with fluidics, molecular biology liquid handlers, and general machine shop skills would be an asset.  Experience with C++/CLI and Visual Studio would be particularly useful. The position requires working with a wide variety of life science researchers and clinicians; the ability to build partnerships across departments and institutions and strong cross-disciplinary communication skills are essential.


A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to graduation from a recognized Engineering degree program in an appropriate discipline (e.g. electrical, mechanical, engineering physics); plus two (2) years of recent related experience.  Eligibility for registration with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC).

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


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