LAB00007373 Requisition #

Your Opportunity:

As a Laboratory Scientist I (LSI), your discerning eye, analytical mind, and critical thinking skills help doctors, patients, and families get the information they need to identify, treat, and make decisions about genetic diseases or disorders. Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) is currently seeking a LS I to join the Genetics and Genomics team at the University of Alberta Hospital (UAH). As the LSI, you will provide technical expertise and perform both routine and specialized work processing patient samples for the Edmonton Molecular Genetics Laboratory. In this role, you will be performing and interpreting complex molecular testing for various genetic conditions using established diagnostic procedures on extracted DNA. Possessing previous experience and specialized skills in molecular testing techniques, you will be responsible for casework involving molecular testing, interpretation and variant analysis, including complex Next Generation Sequence cases. Working in a team environment, you will participate in the general operation of the lab as well as test method development and evaluation, supervision of lab support staff and will be involved in clinical laboratory accreditation. A top-rated teaching and learning hospital and national leader for health sciences, research, and innovation, UAH provides exceptional care to some of the most complex, critically ill patients in Canada. Located in the City of Edmonton, you can enjoy outstanding urban amenities, shopping, and professional sports teams, as well as the largest urban parkland in north America. APL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alberta Health Services, delivering high-quality, responsive diagnostic lab services to Albertans across the province. With competitive salaries, opportunities for professional development, and comprehensive benefits, including health and dental, you can truly thrive.


As a Laboratory Scientist I, you will perform work involving laboratory processes including research and development, test method implementation and change, routine testing as well as clinical trials. In addition, you will collect background information including literature reviews, analyze data, and prepare research proposals and summary reports.

  • Classification: Laboratory Scientist I
  • Department: Molecular Diagnostics UAH
  • Primary Location: U of A Hospital
  • Multi-Site: Not Applicable
  • FTE: 1.00
  • Posting End Date: 06-AUG-2021
  • Temporary Employee Class: Temp F/T Benefits
  • Date Available: 20-SEP-2021
  • Temporary End Date: 30-SEP-2022
  • Hours per Shift: 7.75
  • Length of Shift in weeks: 2
  • Shifts per cycle: 10
  • Shift Pattern: Days, Weekends, On Call
  • Days Off: As Per Rotation
  • Minimum Salary: $36.96
  • Maximum Salary: $49.15
  • Vehicle Requirement: Not Applicable
Required Qualifications:

Completion of Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science.

Additional Required Qualifications:

A BSc in Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics or related field and Genetics Technology Graduate advance Diploma (must be active or eligible for registration with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists). OR an equivalent 2 years of experience in an inherited disease molecular diagnostic laboratory. Current clinical laboratory experience and knowledge in these techniques is preferred, including but not limited to: DNA and RNA extractions, DNA Sanger sequencing, DNA NGS sequencing, PCR, repeat-primed PCR, real-time PCR, MLPA, genotyping, Southern blot hybridization. Bioinformatics experience such as BLAST, primer design, protein prediction analysis, splice site analysis and knowledge of Human Genome Variation Society (HGVS) sequence variant nomenclature is required. Must have proven interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to deal with conflicting and changing priorities, deadlines, and duties. Ability to work in a stressful environment and meet critical timelines while maintaining patient confidentiality. Attention to detail, aptitude and proficiency in manual and automated techniques is required. The ability to recognize testing/procedural anomalies and act appropriately to resolve these is required. Ability to do advanced maintenance with minimal supervision is an asset. Must have the ability to operate Windows, MS Office Applications, and be fluent in the English language (reading, writing and verbal).

Preferred Qualifications:

Working knowledge of Epic, Netcare, and Traccess applications. You understand and maintain a working knowledge of analytical techniques and demonstrate excellent problem solving, decision making, and troubleshooting skills. You are an organized, independent worker, and strong team player committed to providing quality patient care while being to deal courteously and tactfully with team members and other Alberta Health Services staff.

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All postings close at 23:59 of the postingĀ end date indicated.

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