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Laboratory Technologist I

October 7, 2021
Toronto, ON


Adela is focused on the detection of cancer and other high-morbidity, high-mortality conditions through a blood test. The Company’s genome-wide methylation analysis technology has the unique ability to distinguish the most highly informative (methylated) regions of the genome from the non-informative regions and preferentially target those informative regions for sequencing. The technology is initially being developed for use across the cancer continuum for detection, diagnosis, and management, and in the future, it will be applied to other conditions beyond cancer.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Laboratory Technologist I at our Toronto facility. The Laboratory Technologist I is responsible for executing molecular biology assays and experiments supporting the clinical workflow in our Toronto laboratory.  This individual must be highly skilled in performing laboratory procedures in a fast-paced environment.  This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing, dynamic, and collaborative biotech company leveraging cutting-edge liquid biopsy technology to improve human health and well-being.  


  • Responsible for independently performing nucleic acid extraction and quantification from a variety of samples including human specimens following established SOPs while strictly adhering to biosafety protocols, wearing of PPE, and laboratory best practices.
  • Responsible for receipt, accession and sorting of specimens.
  • Ensures laboratory areas are clean and well-organized.
  • Assist in maintaining inventory of laboratory reagents and consumables to ensure adequate supplies
  • Maintains documentation and records in an accurate, timely and thorough manner
  • Recognize failure, troubleshoot, take appropriate corrective action, and maintain documentation of laboratory equipment. Assists with preventative equipment maintenance, calibration, and temperature/humidity logs to ensure compliance.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Experienced in the isolation and quantification of nucleic acid from a variety of biological samples.
  • Experienced and trained to work in a BSL2 laboratory environment.
  • Familiar with the use of analytical equipment.
  • Proficient in routine laboratory skills (pipetting, operation of laboratory equipment) and great manual dexterity.
  • Able to follow instructions, both written and verbal.
  • Capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect assay performance and immediately notify laboratory management.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent prioritization and time-management skills; able to multitask.
  • Effective communicator, both written and verbal.
  • Maintains documentation and records in an accurate, timely and thorough manner.
  • Proficiency with computer programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Document Control Systems, and LIS/LIMS.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment.

Working Environment/Physical Demands

  • Standing or sitting for long periods may be necessary
  • Safe handling hazardous materials, blood specimens and instruments with moving parts, heating or freezing elements, and operation of high-speed centrifuges
  • Able to handle repetitive manual pipetting
  • Some lifting (up to 50 pounds) may be necessary

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Genetics, or related scientific field with 1-3 years relevant technical laboratory experience.
  • Next-generation sequencing experience ideal but not required.