Career Opportunities

Category: Laboratory Research Date Posted: 02-Oct-2014 End Date: 16-Oct-2014 ID: 849
MoFlo Facility Coordinator
Contact/Scientist: Dr. M. Rudnicki
Program: Regenerative Medicine

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) is an Affiliated Research Institute of the University of Ottawa and the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital. The OHRI has grown rapidly to become one of the largest and most important hospital-based research institutes in Canada.

A position for a MoFlo Facility Coordinator is immediately available at the OHRI (Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research, General Campus) for a qualified candidate. This position is a two-year contract with the possibility of extension.

The overall responsibility of this position is to manage all aspects of the operation of the OHRI’s MoFlo Facility ( The key areas of responsibility include:

  • Day-to-day operation of the MoFlo instrument for both cell sorting and analysis
  • Positive, day-to-day interaction with multiple users of the MoFlo facility
  • Collecting MoFlo instrument data followed by analysis and/or consultation with users so that they may perform their own analyses
  • Daily instrument calibration, including laser alignment and calibration of sorting mechanisms, as required
  • Instrument maintenance and upkeep, as required
  • Maintenance of facility reagents
  • Facility booking
  • Consultation with new facility users, as well as consultation with users regarding experiments
  • Educating current and potential users of the facility about the fundamentals of flow cytometry, FACS, fluorescence spectroscopy, and optics

Basic Requirements:

The successful candidate will possess a University or College degree in the biological/physical sciences. A minimum of three years in the research environment with relevant laboratory experience is required. The position requires a highly motivated and self-directed individual with excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills. Although prior experience in flow cytometry, while being an asset, is not required, individuals with a broad working knowledge of the applications of flow cytometry in biomedical research are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications/Characteristics:

  • Recent experience operating flow cytometers and fluorescence cell sorters in a multi-user research-oriented shared service environment, and the ability to perform research-oriented analysis on user-supplied samples
  • Good knowledge of multicolor analysis, immunology and cell biology assays
  • Ability to prioritize workload, with attention to detail and work with minimal supervision
  • Flexibility and ability to maintain performance under pressure
  • Willingness to be cross-trained on new instrumentation
  • Superior communication skills with members of the client laboratories at varying levels of seniority
  • Excellent oral presentation preparation and delivery skills.
  • Knowledge of software packages such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Access, Power Point, and database applications
  • Bilingualism (spoken and written) would be an asset

Salary range: $25.12/hour (minimum) to $34.08/hour (maximum)

Qualified candidates should send a letter of introduction, CV/resume and email address to:

William Read
Senior Research Program Manager, Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
501 Smyth Rd, Box 511, Ottawa Ontario K1H 8L6

This position offers a unique opportunity to experience stem cell research with specific goal-oriented work in a recognized centre of academic excellence. We offer competitive compensation combined with a stimulating and energetic work environment. If you are a growth-oriented individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced learning organization, you should strongly consider this opportunity.

We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only short listed candidates will be contacted. The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer.  Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process.