Dr. Joyce Rauch is looking for a motivated person to fill the position of a full-time laboratory technician for a period of 12 months with the possibility of renewal. Under the direction of the principal investigator, the laboratory technician will participate in the execution of laboratory projects and experiments, and oversee certain administrative tasks in the laboratory.

The major research project (funded by CIHR) in Dr. Rauch’s laboratory involves the investigation of the mechanistic pathways responsible for the development of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).  Dr. Rauch’s laboratory has developed a murine model of SLE that enables the investigation of immune mechanisms responsible for the initiation and development of this disease.  This murine model also provides an ideal means of evaluating new therapeutics targeting the B and T cell response in SLE.  Dr. Rauch’s laboratory is also responsible for biobanking biospecimens from SLE patients and is involved in a number of collaborative clinical research studies. 


  • Actively participate in one’s own research project (~50%);
  • Assist members of the lab with their research projects (~30%);
  • Provide training to new recruits (~5%);
  • Maintain laboratory stocks, reagents, and cell lines (~5%);
  • Prepare and biobank weekly patient blood samples (~10%);
  • The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete and detailed list of tasks.


Enzyme-linked immunoassays (ELISAs) for autoantibodies and cytokines; tissue culture (cell lines and primary cells); working with mice (immunization, bleeding, dissection, euthanasia); some molecular biology (PCR); some biochemistry techniques (affinity columns, gel electrophoresis); flow cytometry, cellular assays.  The successful candidate can be trained in procedures they do not know.


Education: Bachelor's Degree

Field of Study: Biological sciences (e.g., biology, immunology, physiology, anatomy and cell biology)
Other education considered an asset for this position: computer programming experience

Work Experience: Previous experience in a research laboratory is essential, even if only as a student

Other Requirements

  • Experience in conducting laboratory research;
  • Experience in working with mice and murine tissues;
  • Experience in working with cell lines and tissue culture;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, GraphPad Prism;
  • Excellent interpersonal and personal communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision;
  • Oral and written comprehension in English (mainly English-speaking work environment).


Status: Temporary Full-Time (35-hour workweek)

Compensation Level:  From $21.73 to $32.60 per hour, according to the RI MUHC salary scale depending on education, qualifications, and experience

Work Schedule: From 8AM to 4PM or 9 AM to 5 PM, Mondays to Fridays

Work Site: Glen


  • Demonstrates good listening, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Respects policies and procedures
  • Takes initiative and is resourceful
  • Ability to multitask, and perform work efficiently and meticulously
  • Responds to others in a professional and courteous manner
  • Demonstrates attention to detail

Demonstrates teamwork abilities and good conflict 


  • Impact of Decision Making: Significant impact (short-term, less than one year, impact on the overall project at the financial, material or human level)
  • Verbal Communication: Question, answer and explain: obtain or give information of a specific or unusual nature. This involves understanding or explaining the information involved.
  • Written Communication: Writing texts memoranda, or reports with the purpose of summarizing complex and elaborate questions or plainly explaining highly technical elements.
  • Supervision: No direct supervision of personnel
  • The applicant may be requested to oversee the training and project of new students in the lab, but Dr. Rauch will be their direct supervisor.


Please send your CV by July 30, 2023 to Dr. Joyce Rauch: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.