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Research Associate


Edmonton, AB, CA, T6G 2R8

​Job category: Innovation, research and science
Job posting ID: 3453


​Employment status: Temporary full-time
Position's anticipated end date: 1 year from date of hire with the possibility of extension 


Classification: PTS/MGT/IT B
Salary/Rate of pay: $84,000 to $99,750


Application deadline: This position will remain open until filled 


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.


About the role


Canadian Blood Services is looking for a Temporary Full-Time Research Associate to join our dynamic Innovation and Portfolio Management team in Edmonton. The work of a Research Associate is integral to Canadian Blood Services role as Canada’s Lifeline. 
The Research Associate is the highest level support position in the laboratory and works with minimal supervision.  In this role, you will be involved in many aspects of Research and Development projects by conducting, designing and troubleshooting highly skilled technical tasks.  In this position, you are considered an expert in your field and through independent means, are expected to keep abreast of related technical and conceptual advances. You will contribute significantly to project direction, participate in the writing of grants and manuscripts, and assist in staff or student supervision.  In some instances, you may have a formal teaching affiliation with the local university.


Key responsibilities include:


Performs experiments: 

  • Designs, conducts, troubleshoots and analyses experiments.
  • Utilizes a variety of laboratory equipment, techniques and procedures.
  • Prepares reagents and chemicals necessary to conduct experiments.
  • Reads pertinent literature to assist in identifying research objectives, strategies and methods.
  • Participates in definition of research objectives, strategies and methods.
  • Participates in the development and validation of new, improved or existing laboratory technologies.
  • Keeps detailed and accessible records of all experimental conditions procedures and results.
  • Prepares written reports of experimental data and main conclusions.
  • Performs weekly and monthly work planning.
  • Analyzes and presents data.

Assists in document writing:

  • Writes manuscripts for publication with laboratory director.
  • Assists the laboratory director in the preparation of applications for research grant funding.

Assists in staff supervision:

  • Assists with interviews for new staff.
  • Assists with related staff Performance Reviews.
  • Provides technical and safety instruction including the appropriate use of equipment and reagents in accordance with good research practices and current workplace safety standards.
  • Assists technical staff and students in experimental design, data analysis and trouble shooting.
  • Reviews work with assigned staff and students.

Performs other related duties as required.


Required Skills:

  • Doctoral degree with specialization in medical laboratory science, hematology, transfusion medicine, or related sciences is required.
  • At least 2 years of postdoctoral training or 5 years of relevant experience encompassing research in biomedical sciences.
  • Experience with hands-on blood processing and biophysical, molecular and cell assessment.
  • Experience with quality systems, good laboratory practices and relevant occupational health and safety regulations.
  • Mind-set to bioanalytical research relevant to human blood preservation and transfusion safety.
  • Familiarity with FACS-based cellular assays, ektacytometry, cell culture, imaging flow cytometry would be an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Effective supervision of trainees and technical staff.
  • Proficient computer skills.



  • Competitive base salary range 
  • Up to 8% Annual Performance Award
  • Payments in lieu of vacation and benefits
  • Choice of defined contribution or defined benefits pension plan
  • Employee discounts, wellness programs and professional advancement opportunities

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.  


To protect the health and safety of its employees, all Canadian Blood Services’ employees are required to be fully vaccinated (COVID-19 vaccine doses as approved by Health Canada), subject to any medical or other human rights grounds. 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.