Research Assistant/Lab Technician - Queen's Genomics Lab at Ongwanada

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Research Assistant/Lab Technician

  • City City: Kingston
  • Rate of Pay Rate of Pay: Hourly
  • Rate of Pay Amount / Range Rate of Pay Amount / Range: $24.00
  • Positions Available Positions Available: 1
  • Type Type: Part Time
  • Duration Duration: Casual
  • Avg. Hours/Week Avg. Hours/Week: 17.5
  • Schedule Schedule: Days, Evenings
  • Education Education: College, University



POSITION TITLE: Research Assistant (casual): Laboratory Technician 

DEPARTMENT: Psychiatry 



SALARY: $24/hour (up to 17.5 hours/wk) 

Submit applications (cover letter/resume/transcript if recent graduate) to Melissa Hudson, Deadline for applications October 1st, 2022.


Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant will work within the team-based structure of the Queen’s Genomics Laboratory at Ongwanada (Q-GLO, within the Department of Psychiatry and will play a critical role in ongoing research projects including the Queen’s Partnership on Neurodevelopment (Q-POND), Queen’s Participant and Research Connections (Q-PARC,, and the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders (POND) Network ( The Research Assistant will work with minimal supervision to ensure day-to-day operations of the research laboratory, with their primary responsibilities related to the genomics lab. Responsibilities in the genomics lab include DNA/RNA extraction, isolation of immune/endocrine cells, sample management, PCR, and Next-Generation sequencing. In addition, the Research Assistant will assist with specimen collection, recruitment for studies such as genetics and immune/endocrine, family history interviews, administrative tasks, as well as working closely with the Study Coordinator to ensure that study protocols and procedures are carefully followed and maintained. The laboratory focuses on the study of neurodevelopmental disorders (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Intellectual Disability) and psychiatric disorders (such as depression and anxiety).

Hours worked will be 17.5 hours per week between Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, however the schedule for this position requires the incumbent to occasionally work evenings (1-2 evenings/month) and weekends (1-2 weekend days/year), according to program or area needs. Scheduling of hours to be determined by incumbent’s availability and the needs of the lab.


  • Maintain laboratory data, supplies, and equipment, keeping accurate purchasing records. Liaise with staff who help manage lab finances.
  • Arrange collection, preparation, labelling, and shipment of specimens.
  • Maintain/modify standard techniques within the laboratory to be shared with other lab personnel. Apply regulations and standards, to ensure integrity of information, and compliance with ethical and safety guidelines.
  • Allocate and organize lab space, for efficient use of time and resources. Determine alternative methods that make the most of time and money.
  • Care and foresight in handling and disposing hazardous materials, operating equipment and preparing solutions and samples.
  • Under the general direction of the PI, participates in the technical supervision and support of students and other lab staff, and interactions with outside parties.
  • Carry out consent process with research participants.
  • Assist with enrolment of research participants in current research studies.
  • Recruitment of research patients for study visits and preparing documents and study material to ensure compliance.
  • Conducting family history interviews.
  • Facilitate study participant compliance through regular communication (e.g. email, phone, in person) in order to maximize protocol adherence.
  • Perform quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet established requirements and standards.
  • Assist in data collection functions (mail outs, questionnaires, etc.).
  • Utilize computer databases (Excel, MS Access, in-house). Perform basic data processing, including data entry.
  • Perform basic administrative services, such as scheduling, making appointments, word processing, faxing, copying, and filing. Prepare and/or initiate correspondence, notes and memos.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned in support of the lab.


  • Three-year post-secondary program in a relevant field, including Biotechnology, Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or Life Sciences.
  • Experience working in a biological/genetics laboratory. Experience working in a research and/or an office environment is considered an asset.
  • Experience working with a patient population an asset, especially children with developmental disabilities.
  • Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Respects diversity and promotes inclusion in the workplace.
  • Previous experiences and skills in sample handling, molecular biology/genetics, PCR, next-generation sequencing, lab management, and supervision of research trainees are considered to be assets.
  • Care in handling dangerous materials, operating equipment and preparing solutions or samples.
  • Interpersonal and communications skills (both verbal and written) to interact with a diverse audience in a professional manner and to provide clear and accurate information.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize workload, and deal with multiple demands.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with professionals in a team-oriented environment.
  • Time management and organizational skills, as well as the capacity to take initiative, solve problems and suggest solutions.
  • Writing, basic editing and proofreading skills, with an ability to pay attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Office and computer skills including knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database and publishing software (Microsoft Office and Adobe). Ability to learn new software packages as required.


  • Determine what supplies, equipment, safety and operating procedures are required for functioning of the research lab and how to most optimally utilize laboratory space and resources
  • Under appropriate supervision, decide on optimal protocols and equipment to use in running an experiment, and decide on steps to take when assigned a new project.
  • Determine how to deal with unexpected experimental results and errors. Decide if a problem can be resolved personally or if consultation with the supervisor is necessary.
  • Prioritize time and determine most efficient use of personal resources within set of priorities outlined by supervisor.
  • Decide how to distribute information, what method to use, and who to send it to.
  • Assist in the generation of various documents and reports and provide input where appropriate. Participate and act as resource person in the production of laboratory operating procedures. Determine appropriate formatting for simple to complex documents.
  • Respond to general enquiries, providing reasonable answers, or a means to find an answer if necessary. Redirect problems to Principal Investigator.

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