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Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Ontario Forensic Pathology Service
Job Term:
Permanent, Temporary
Job Code:
16063 - Technologist 2, Medical Lab
$1,192.36 - $1,410.33 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Do you have a science background and special interest in forensic work? Consider this unique opportunity to join theOntario Forensic Pathology Service as a Forensic Services Technologist, where you will provide support services for post-mortem examinations as part of the province's death investigation process.

*Please note: the number of positions to be filled has not been identified at this time. This Talent Pool posting will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill upcoming opportunities within the next eighteen months.

What can I expect to do in this role?

• Manage and coordinate biological and non-biological samples arising from post-mortem examinations (including packaging of samples, preparation of the appropriate test request forms, preparation for and coordination of transport of samples, receipt of results and returned samples, etc.)
• Provide support related to organ and tissue retention, management of unidentified remains for Ontario, and research and development
• Maintain an electronic database to effectively manage sample storage and allow for efficient retrieval of samples for further testing or disposition
• Liaise with Pathologists, technical and administrative staff, Coroners, and police to coordinate sample testing, storage, and disposition at the provincial morgue

How do I qualify?

Please note:

• Position requires frequent exposure to, handling of, and contact with bodies/remains that may be contaminated, decomposed, mutilated, and/or arthropod infested
• Position requires frequent exposure to putrid odours
• Position may involve exposure to potentially infectious viruses, bacteria, infectious diseases (e.g. AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis, etc.)

Scientific Knowledge and Experience

• You have knowledge of forensic science, medical terminology, and ancillary forensic testing in order to ensure proper handling of samples when supporting the work of the Forensic Pathology Unit
• You understand basic science principles and methodologies
• You have good knowledge of health and safety practices/procedures in order to ensure own safety and safety of others when handling biological samples and working within a laboratory setting
• You are aware of Health Canada requirements for the storage and disposition of drugs including illicit drugs
• You have knowledge of basic laboratory techniques and use of laboratory equipment

Strong Organization Skills

• You are able to ensure the effective and efficient processing, transport, storage, and disposition of all biological and non-biological samples
• You have good time management skills to complete multiple daily duties and tasks within established time frames
• You have demonstrated attention to detail to ensure proper continuity of evidence and accurate record management

Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills

• You are able to follow appropriate protocols and health and safety practices when handling samples as well as identify and resolve related issues
• You can ensure proper and accurate documentation as well as reliable experimental results

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

• You are able to respond to inquiries from various individuals in a clear and professional manner (i.e. coroners, pathologists, other medical professionals, police, lawyers, students, callers etc.)
• You have written communication skills to prepare detailed analysis and reports
• You have interpersonal skills to work effectively as part of a team

Computer Skills

• You are proficient with computer software packages and applications (i.e. internet, databases, MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Access) in order to locate and retrieve information, maintain records, and prepare a variety of documents (i.e. graphs, charts, presentations, etc.)
• You are able quickly learn new software and programs

Additional Information:

  • Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 25 Morton Shulman Ave, Toronto, Toronto Region, General Screening Requirement
  • Permanent, 25 Morton Shulman Ave, Toronto, Toronto Region, General Screening Requirement
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Posted on:
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • The number of positions to be filled has not been identified at this time. This competition will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill upcoming opportunities within the next eighteen months following the closing date of the job ad posting.
  • Please note that as of November 1, 2018, with the implementation of the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015, the security screening check requirements for this position may differ from those described in this job ad.

    In accordance with the Ontario Public Service Employment Screening Checks Policy, the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Please refer to the Additional Information / Address section above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    You will be responsible for obtaining the criminal record check at your own expense and provide it, along with your written consent, to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), HR Service Delivery Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional screening checks as indicated in the Additional Information / Address section above that were not obtained directly by you. (Note: If a Vulnerable Sector Screening/Check is required, it must also be obtained in person at your local police service.)

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 18, 2018 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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