Lab Technician

Toronto, Ontario   |   Full Time

Full-time, Downtown Toronto, Ontario

Ability to work in Canada required (i.e. existing work permit or Visa)

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About You

You’ve worked as a Lab Technician in research and industry, and had some lab management responsibilities (and you liked it!). You're a self-starter that's extremely detail oriented. You're eager to self-inspect and identify issues proactively and fix them. You're energized by well organized and maintained production facilities. You're a strong communicator and team player, ready to coordinate with our cross-functional team to make sure we meet deadlines for our customers.

What You'll Do 

  • Receive, label and analyze genomic and molecular assay samples following an established schedule and SOPs

  • Perform DNA/RNA extraction of environmental samples for short-read and long-read sequencing applications in LT/HT with and without liquid handlers

  • Conduct Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) using multiple platforms as well as library preparation, and pooling, and loading of next generation sequencing instruments

  • Set up and optimize a range of modern molecular biology protocols and assays, focused on nucleic acids

  • Review diagnostic results for Quality Control (QC), maintain detailed work records, and enter findings into the laboratory information system

  • For lab management:

    • Maintain accurate electronic (LIMS) and physical sample inventories to maintain organized customer samples and associated metadata

    • Maintain instruments & equipment: perform routine preventative maintenance; check and calibrate; log repairs, replacements and maintenance

    • Ensure that all safety guidelines are followed strictly at all times and maintain a clean and orderly environment

    • Train and assist others so that multiple teams produce comparable, high quality data

    • Communicate and coordinate to ensure the team meets goals and deadlines

What You Need

  • Masters or Ph.D. degree in Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology or a related discipline

  • 5+ years of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) experience (multiple platforms and technologies preferred)

  • 1 - 2 years experience in an industry/commercial lab with a track record of meeting daily deadlines 

  • Experience performing duties in BSL-2 facilities

Bonus Points For

  • Lab management experience - full responsibility and ownership of the operations of a molecular biology or genomics lab, either in an academic or industry/commercial setting

  • Experience working with BSL-3 samples

Feel like you can’t tick all the boxes above? If you have some of the skills and experience that we’re looking for and are willing to use your talent to learn the rest, we encourage you to apply!

About Poppy 

We’re Poppy. We’re bringing advanced science out of the lab, and building it into powerful, simple tools for everyday life. We believe that we stay healthy together when everyone has trustworthy information and reliable recommendations. Poppy was founded in 2019, and is launching in San Francisco and Toronto this fall with a new way to continuously monitor workplaces for SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens that affect employee health and productivity.

About Our Team

At Poppy, we believe that being part of a successful business and doing good for the world are not mutually exclusive. We’re a nerdy, small, and nimble team that operates on trust, and thrives on diverse perspectives from the people on our team in everything we do. We move at a rapid pace and believe that our team is strongest when everyone has ownership for their key decisions. At Poppy, you can make an impact, be challenged to grow & do your best work. 

At Poppy, we embrace difference. We’re committed to openness, curiosity and creating an inclusive culture as we know that diverse teams build better products and generate better ideas. We strongly encourage applications from everyone regardless of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. Poppy provides an accessible candidate experience. If you need any accommodations or adjustments throughout the interview process and beyond, please let us know.

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