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Laboratory Assistant


Brampton, ON, CA, L6T 5M1

Canadian Blood Services is looking for a Laboratory Assistant - Production to join our dynamic Supply Chain Operations East team in Brampton. 


Job category: Laboratory and phlebotomy
Job posting ID: 4539


​Employment status: Temporary part-time
Position's anticipated end date: 2024-03-30 


Classification: BT OPSEU 200
Salary/Rate of pay: $23.31/hour


Application deadline: 2023-05-29 
This position is open to: Internal and External applicants


Somewhere in Canada there’s a life you can save.   


Be part of a dynamic, collaborative and caring organization committed to saving and improving the lives of Canadians. Thousands of Canadians depend on us every day for reliable access to blood, plasma, stem cells and organs and tissues.  


Join Canada’s Lifeline and make a meaningful difference every day.


In this role you will be responsible for para‑technical functions of the Laboratory and may be assigned any of the duties and responsibilities listed below.  You will adhere to all current operating procedures, practice good judgment in the performance of job responsibilities and promote centre objectives through good interpersonal skills. 


Key responsibilities include:


  • Prepares, produces and/or modifies all blood components and has the responsibility for maintaining proper storage of whole blood and blood components
  • Prepares available inventory, issues, and outdates counts of blood and components on a daily basis
  • Receives orders, selects, issues, dispatches, and may be assigned to pack blood, blood components and fractionation products to hospitals according to Standard Operating Procedures
  • Prepares donor samples for testing according to Standard Operating Procedures
  • Prepares individual plasma units of various types, completes paperwork and prepares shipment of units to fractionation plant
  • Performs cleaning of equipment and supplies
  • Performs preventative maintenance of equipment used in the laboratory
  • May be assigned to operate a computer terminal and other automated equipment
  • Observes laboratory hygiene, precautions and laboratory safety regulations
  • Assists in the laboratory by performing para‑technical duties, under the close supervision of a technologist (e.g., sorting banks, opening specimens, writing worksheets, and recording results)
  • Assists the laboratory manager or designate in the development and evaluation of procedures, such as integration of a new procedure
  • Maintains adequate stock of supplies and prepares weekly supply orders
  • Follows all policies and procedures to maintain a healthy and safe work environment
  • May assist with training of staff
  • Performs additional Laboratory department related tasks and duties


Required Skills:


  • Minimum completed Grade 12 education; Bachelor's of Science or College Diploma would be considered an asset
  • Minimum of one (1) year laboratory work experience
  • Experience in food processing or pharmaceutical or biologics manufacturing is a strong asset
  • Relevant computer skills may be required
  • Manual dexterity, ability to prepare and maintain accurate records
  • Initiative and ability to work independently
  • Ability to carry out repetitive tasks in a meticulous manner
  • Ability to learn required technical skills
  • Must have good oral and written communications skills
  • Must be available to work a variety of shifts including days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays
  • Fluency in English is required


  • Pay in lieu of benefits and vacation
  • Option to join the defined benefits pension plan
  • Employee discounts, wellness program, and much more

Diversity and inclusion play a vital role in ensuring health equity for patients across Canada. We are committed to reflecting Canada’s population in our organization and fostering an environment where all employees can be their authentic selves, with equal opportunities to succeed and contribute.  


Canadian Blood Services requires that all employees be fully vaccinated (COVID 19 vaccine doses as approved by Health Canada), subject to any medical or other human rights considerations. Persons who have been vaccinated outside of Canada must contact their local Public Health Unit in order to obtain a vaccine equivalency certificate.


If this role resonates with you, we encourage you to apply! This could be your first step towards a meaningful and inspiring career. Come to work each day knowing that you save lives. 


We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those considered for an interview or those invited to participate in an assessment (such as testing) will be contacted. Applicants who require accommodation should discuss their needs with us.