Research Technician


The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research, is a world leader in infectious disease research and vaccine development for humans and animals. Located at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, VIDO is home to one of the largest and most advanced containment level 3 facilities in the world. To strengthen the preparedness for emerging infectious diseases we are currently expanding our infrastructure to include containment level 4 capacity, a GMP vaccine manufacturing facility, and a new animal housing facility. Our vision includes having the capacity to study any emerging disease in any animal model embracing a One Health approach to prevent emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in humans and animals.

We are seeking a Research Technician to join influenza virus research team led by Dr. Yan Zhou. Dr. Zhou’s research is focused on understanding influenza virus including highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus pathogenesis, immune responses, and vaccine development. The Research Technician will be responsible for performing laboratory experimental activities, accurately recording procedures used and data generated, as well as laboratory management.

•An undergraduate degree in biology or a technical diploma in related field, with a specialization in virology or molecular virology and immunology.
•Detail orientated, must be a team player.
•Experience in handling mammalian cell culture, eukaryotic viruses, and molecular virology techniques such as DNA and RNA extraction, molecular cloning, transfection, immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy, immunoblotting, virus neutralization assay, virus propagation and quantitation (plaque assay and TCID50 assay), immune cell isolation and ELISA.
•Minimum 2 years of experience in molecular virology and immunology.
•Certification to work in a containment level (CL) 2 lab.
•Willingness to obtain certification to work in a CL3 lab and working with highly pathogenic avian influenza is an asset.
•Experience with animal tissue processing and immune cell isolation is an asset.

Status: 2 year term, with possibility of extension
Employment Group: Non-Union
Shift: Monday - Friday, 7.5 hours per day (37.5 hours per week)
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0

The successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where 'Yes' is indicated below. Further information is available at:

Facility Access Screening including Criminal Record Check: Yes
Driver's License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable
Education/Credential Verification: Yes
Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable

Interested candidates are asked to submit their application including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references online via the following link:

Review of applications will begin immediately; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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