Apply By: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 11:59 pm EDT
Competition Status: Selection Process

Approximately 205 individuals applied for this opportunity.

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Quality Assurance Technologist

Ministry of the Solicitor General
Centre of Forensic Sciences
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
16063 - Technologist 2, Medical Lab
$1,265.70 - $1,497.09 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Are you self-motivated scientific professional who, excels at problem solving and has a passion for quality? If so consider this unique role as a member of the Quality Assurance (QA) Unit at the at the Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) where you will support the CFS quality programs to ensure the continued accreditation status of the CFS

The CFS provides scientific laboratory services in support of the administration of justice and public safety programs from the state-of-the-art Forensic Services and Coroners Complex located in Toronto and from a smaller location in Sault Ste. Marie.

This competition may be used to fill upcoming permanent or temporary vacancies within 14 months of closed competition date.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

• Coordinate and maintain the CFS proficiency testing program by receiving, entering and tracking tests, submitting results and maintaining records.
• Prepare proficiency test and validation samples. Maintain conformance with accreditation standards by advising staff on accreditation requirements, CFS procedures, and the preparation and revision of management system documentation (procedures, forms etc.).
• Monitor on a regular basis, evidence inventory, records of measuring equipment calibration, maintenance and service, H&S checks, reagent preparation, and functioning of equipment.
• Support CFS wide Quality programs such as records review, testimony monitoring, equipment calibrations, validations and maintain records. Maintain documentation of laboratory manuals and records of proficiency testing,
court testimony, methods validation etc.
• Prepare Quality Control (QC)samples, solutions, reagents, and reference standards for use in analysis of evidence by scientific and technical staff
• Perform analysis of QC samples using specialized laboratory instruments
• Participate in the development of procedures related to Quality Assurance, staff training in QA and Health and Safety
• Enter and maintain Proficiency test records and other QA records in CFS databases, Quality management software and laboratory information systems
• Assist in internal audit preparations and participate as an auditor

How do I qualify?


Please provide a written response to the following question:
Have you ever worked in an accredited testing laboratory, if yes please describe your key role and tasks. If not, please describe related work or educational experience similar to a testing laboratory.

Your response must be as clear and concise as possible, limited to 250 words or less, and included with your application (i.e., cover letter and résumé). Please upload as one document and write your name on top of the response document. If you do not include a response to this question your application will NOT be considered.

Technical Knowledge

You have:
•knowledge of scientific laboratory principles, methodologies including the standards for accreditation of forensic testing laboratories
• knowledge of forensic laboratory techniques, procedures and principles to assess the efficacy of quality control measures, prepare proficiency tests and samples
•ability to acquire and apply knowledge of legal and scientific requirements for security, evidence handling and storage to ensure the integrity and continuity of evidence for the justice system by monitoring compliance
•knowledge of laboratory health and safety principles and practices including the Occupational Health and Safety Act and WHMIS regulations to ensure a safe work environment by auditing compliance and provide health and safety training
• ability to acquire and apply knowledge of Quality Management Software, Laboratory Information Management systems and databases

Evaluative, Analytical and Problem solving skills:

•you have the ability to identify precautions to be taken in handling biohazards and toxic substances posing risks to personal safety
•you can recognize and document inconsistencies and non-conformity to standards during quality assurance audits
•you possess problem-solving skills to maintain standards by suggesting appropriate policy development areas

Communication (oral and written) and Interpersonal skills:

•you have strong oral and written skills to communicate effectively with staff regarding all aspects of the CFS Management System, provide QA and H&S training and prepare procedures, reports and document results of QA audits.
•you have interpersonal skills to work in a multi-disciplinary, team environment to respond to the needs of staff and promote compliance amongst staff with QA practices

Computer and Data management skills:

•You have demonstrated knowledge of computer software in order to prepare reports, documents, correspondence that meet accessibility requirements and maintain databases by entering, sorting and retrieving information.

Organization skills:

• You have good time management skills to complete multiple daily duties and ensure tasks are completed within established time frames and deadlines are met
• You have demonstrated attention to detail to provide clear direction and ensure accurate record keeping and management

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record Check
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Posted on:
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Development Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

    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 employment 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 employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
  • T-SL-184642/22
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.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 23, 2022 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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