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Flow Cytometry Specialist
Job Description Summary
The Flow Cytometry Specialist within the Research & Development department is responsible for independently managing the flow cytometry facilities in the R&D lab and ensuring that flow cytometry data and sorting are of the highest quality. Key responsibilities include: operating the sorter, supporting lab users on the analyzers, maintaining lab instruments, vetting and implementing the use of standardized best practices, and providing flow cytometry training. As an in-house flow cytometry resource, you will be involved in organizing STEMCELL’s comprehensive R&D lab skills training curriculum and serve as a trainer for courses offered to lab staff.
Duties & Responsibilities
Flow Cytometry Support and Training
- Serve as a dedicated in-house flow cytometry resource;
- Implement technical best practices, standardize sample prep, staining, and analysis protocols, consult on design of flow cytometry panels;
- Generate standard operating procedures;
- Provide an operator-assisted FACS service to support R&D team projects and train frequent users to operate the sorter;
- Provide mentoring, assistance and training in flow cytometry analysis; and,
- Host internal training and external seminars on flow cytometry, as required.
Lab Instrument Maintenance and Procurement
Run quality control assessments on lab instruments, maintain and undertake minor repairs as required;
Manage service providers for repairs and regular preventative maintenance;
Negotiate with suppliers for the purchase of flow cytometry instruments and service contracts; and,
Manage common antibody stocks, titer common antibodies.
MSc in Biology, Chemistry or related area, or BSc with at least 3 years of relevant experience
Minimum 3 years’ experience performing independent flow cytometry experiments.
Excellent interpersonal skills, highly collaborative, team-oriented.
Ability to apply analytical thinking to independently troubleshoot equipment and propose solutions.
Training experience and knowledge of effective training methods desirable.
Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentation).
Detail-oriented; proficient at time management and multi-tasking.
Alternate hours are desired and may be required.
STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore. Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training. We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree. STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.
This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.
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