Research Assistant (Research Institute)

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Old Montreal, QUEBEC
Job Type: FullTime

Job Title:

Research Assistant (Research Institute)


Research Institute of the MUHC

Job Category:

Research and teaching

Job Type:

Temporary full time


$47,320.00 - $87,887.80 /Year

Le Centre universitaire de santé McGill (CUSM) est un centre hospitalier universitaire intégré, reconnu à l’échelle internationale pour l’excellence de ses programmes cliniques, de sa recherche et de son enseignement. Le CUSM a pour objectif d’assurer aux patients des soins fondés sur les connaissances les plus avancées dans le domaine de la santé et de contribuer au progrès des connaissances.

Job Description

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is a world-renowned biomedical and hospital research centre. Located in Montreal, Quebec, the Institute is the research arm of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. The RI-MUHC is supported in part by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS).

Position summary
We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join a new interdisciplinary research program called DERIVE (, which investigates the intersections of genetic variants and environmental exposures on the developmental origins of disease. The position involves the use of a wide range of cellular, molecular and biochemical techniques for the functional validation of the impact of gene variant-by-environment interactions on the pathogenesis of developmental diseases using human organoid models.

General Duties
Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, the incumbent of the position of research assistance in cell, developmental, and molecular biology:
• Participate and/or lead laboratory projects and experiments;
• Perform a variety of molecular and cell biology techniques, including, but not limited to, cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, CRISPR, immunofluorescence, confocal microscopy and Western blot;
• Perform cell culture with cell lines and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and differentiate iPSCs into organoids;
• Perform histological techniques such as tissue processing, embedding, sectioning and staining;
• Optimize, troubleshoot and adapt methodologies;
• Prepare stock solutions;
• Record results, perform calculations and compile data;
• Contribute to figures, publications and grant applications;
• Participate in training of new lab members;
• Participate in laboratory tasks.

Education / Experience

• MSc in any area of Life Sciences,
• Knowledge of cellular and molecular biology techniques, particularly cell culture and gene editing techniques,
• Knowledge of histology and confocal microscopy,
• Previous experience working with iPSCs and iPSC-derived organoids would be an asset,
• Previous experience working with animal models would be an asset,
• Able to work independently,
• Excellent organizational skills,
• Strong problem-solving skills,
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others,
• Excellent communication skills,
• Motivated, resourceful and curious,
• Experience with MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), and knowledge of GraphPad Prism, and ImageJ.

Additional information

Status: Full time, 1 year, renewable
Pay Scale: $47,320 to $87,887.80, commensurate with education and experience
Work Shift: Day time
Work Site: Glen

A cover letter is required with your application.

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Equal Opportunity Employment Program

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion within its community. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates who self-identify as members of racialized groups/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and 2SLGBTQIA+ persons. We also welcome candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may confidentially contact,

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