The Hospital for Sick Children

Job Description

About SickKids

Dedicated exclusively to children and their families, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of the largest and most respected paediatric healthcare centres in the world. As innovators in child health, we lead and partner to improve the health of children through the integration of healthcare, leading-edge research and education. Our reputation would not have been built – nor could it be maintained – without the skills, knowledge and experience of the extraordinary people who come to work here every day. SickKids is committed to ongoing learning and development, and features a caring and supportive work environment that combines exceptionally high standards of practice.

When you join SickKids, you become part of our community. We share a commitment and determination to fulfill our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to work alongside the world’s best in paediatric healthcare.

Position Description

The Laboratory Technician, reporting to the Resource Technologist, collects, receives, accessions and sorts specimens for testing. The Laboratory Technician is responsible for and performs a variety of laboratory procedures under the direct supervision of a Lead, Laboratory Technician. The position supports a day shift, Monday to Friday. The Laboratory Technician will work in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory within the Division of Genome Diagnostics.

The Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine (DPLM) at SickKids is a leading, world-class facility working towards reducing the impact of childhood illness by providing diagnostic information that allows for early selection of best treatment options. DPLM is a valuable and integral part of the SickKids team, generating original research and providing timely, specialized diagnostic services for health care providers in Canada and around the world. The department comprises of five divisions: Clinical Biochemistry, Genome Diagnostics, Haematopathology, Microbiology, and Pathology. All DPLM laboratories are accredited by Accreditation Canada Diagnostics.

Here’s What You’ll Love:

  • A comprehensive total compensation package that includes a premium payment program up to a maximum of $2,500 for eligible employees
  • A commitment to continuing education and professional development through DPLM’s Laboratory Professional Certification Reimbursement Program as well as several programs and resources through the Learning Institute.
  • A hospital that welcomes and focuses on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
  • A focus on employee wellness with our new Staff Health and Well-being Strategy. Self-care helps us support others.
  • A culture of safety for both the patient and staff
  • The opportunity to make an impact. Regardless of your role or professional interest, you’ll be making a difference at SickKids and contributing to our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.

Here’s What You’ll Get To Do

  • Practice and perform a variety of laboratory procedures with accuracy and efficiency in accordance with the policies, processes and procedures of the Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine
  • Maintain competence in the receiving, handling, processing, identification, recording, labeling and dispatch of specimens for laboratory testing
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment according to DPLM procedures
  • Recognize failure, troubleshoot, take appropriate corrective action and maintain documentation of laboratory equipment
  • Actively participate in Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement activities to meet DPLM objectives
  • Recognize unusual situations and reports immediately to an MLT
  • Work in compliance with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Recognize unsafe work practices, potential hazards and unusual occurrences in the work area
  • Assist in maintaining inventory control to ensure availability of adequate reagents and supplies
  • Maintain competency as a Laboratory Technician through participation in training and continuing education
  • Participate in special projects or other duties as assigned by an MLT, Resource Technologist or Team Leader
  • Follow all aspects of the Quality System

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Completion of high school (Ontario Secondary School diploma or equivalent)
  • Certification or registration as a Laboratory Technician with the Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (MLPAO) preferred
  • Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience with lab systems and processes
  • Strong typing/data entry skills
  • Ability to be a team player
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Attention to detail and high accuracy
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable
  • Good manual dexterity and visual interpretation skills

Employment Type

Full-Time

Our Commitment to Diversity

The children and families we care for are from a variety of communities, and so are our employees. We welcome and encourage everyone to join our organization and be part of our team.

When requested, SickKids will provide access and inclusion supports to eligible candidates to support their full engagement during the interview and assessment process. Information received related to access or inclusion will be addressed confidentially.

Thank you for your interest in joining SickKids. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with our Hospital policy, employment at SickKids is conditional upon the Hospital’s receipt of all necessary documentation.

FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS ONLYAs a health care institution, our highest priority is the safety of patients, families and staff. As a result, we are adopting all prevention measures to ensure the safety of our patients, families and our staff. Therefore, any offer of employment is conditional upon you submitting proof that you have been fully vaccinated with a Health Canada or World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible and no later than fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the effective start date, in addition to satisfying any other condition(s) that may be set out in an offer. If a candidate fails to satisfy this condition (or any other condition(s) set out in an offer), any offer of employment shall be immediately rescinded.

How to Apply

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