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.

Job Reference No.:  GST_P00634_HSA 119188_Library Core_2021_12_06

Job Summary

The Genome Sciences Technologist performs various molecular biology techniques and procedures using laboratory robots including biospecimen procurement, sample handling and quality control, diverse library construction and high throughput sequencing methods, in a large scale Genomics production facility. 


  1. 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.
  2. Works within a regulated quality system including maintaining training records, document control with active corrective and preventative actions (CA/PA).
  3. Data entry using laboratory software and basic reporting of results to supervisors.
  4. Prepares solutions following standard operating procedures.
  5. Maintains general lab and equipment cleanliness.  Recognizes and reports malfunctions in equipment.
  6. Processes patient samples according to established procedures for clinical sequencing diagnostic tests.
  7. Performs other related duties as required.


Education, Training and Experience

  • Graduation from a recognized diploma program in Biotechnology, Microbiology or Biochemistry and two (2) years’ of recent related experience in a research laboratory 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 119188_Library Core_2021_12_06 in the subject line of your email.

This posting will remain online until filled.


Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the position would require working remotely within British Columbia on a temporary basis with an ability to come to the normal workplace within reasonable notice. This restriction would be re-evaluated after finalization of reopening plans.

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.

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