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Clinical Biochemist - ON

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Date: Aug 13, 2022

Location: Toronto, ON, CA

Company: LifeLabs

LifeLabs is the largest community diagnostics laboratory in Canada, serving the healthcare needs of Canadians for over 50 years. Our team members are truly centred around our customers, and we know that behind every lab requisition, sample being tested, or investment in technology is an individual and their family counting on us.


Consistently named one of Canada's Best Employers by Forbes, LifeLabs has also been recognized for having an award-winning Mental Health Program from Benefits Canada. The passion and commitment of over 6,000 diverse and innovative team members unites and motivates us to ensure our customers receive high quality tests and results that they can trust.  Agile, customer-centred, caring and teamwork: we live these values every day in what we do to support our customers and healthcare providers, driving forward our vision of empowering a healthier you.


Make a difference – join the LifeLabs team today!


Applications are invited for a full-time permanent Clinical Biochemist position in the head office in Toronto, Ontario. The successful candidate will be located in the Reference Laboratory at 100 International Blvd., but may also have professional responsibilities spanning other provincial testing locations. LifeLabs offers many exciting challenges and opportunities for the successful candidate who will work within a team of Clinical Biochemists, MDs and Laboratory Scientists in an environment that values quality, innovation, operational excellence, clinical responsiveness and efficiency. This is an exciting time to join our LifeLabs team, grow your career with us, and support numerous initiatives, innovations, best practices and business development opportunities.


This position is available immediately. Applications will be accepted until a successful candidate is identified.



  • Provide expertise in developing and monitoring quality systems for LifeLabs Ontario Chemistry laboratories.
  • Maintain high standards of quality through auditing performance in internal and external quality assurance programs, identifying root causes and corrective actions for unacceptable performance.
  • Provide leadership and advice in implementation of new or revised test guidelines and protocols.
  • Consult with physicians and other health care providers regarding appropriate selection and interpretation of laboratory tests for their patients.
  • Support interpretation of selected chemistry tests, including serum and urine protein electrophoresis, calculi, and mass-spectrometry-based tests.
  • Provide leadership and recommendations on technology selection and support in development of business cases for capital equipment purchases. 
  • Provide leadership in the evaluation, implementation, and support of new technologies, including lab-developed tests.
  • Act as an internal resource for medical scientific, technologist and support staff.
  • Collaborate with medical, operational, and regulatory affairs staff to support quality improvement, maintain accreditation standards, and ensure standardization across laboratories where possible.
  • Work closely with external partners, such as health authorities, to ensure quality of service within the larger provincial health landscape.
  • Participate in internal and external academic, professional and/or administrative activities, where appropriate.


Qualifications and Skills:

  • PhD with certification (or eligible for certification) in Clinical Biochemistry from the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. Candidates with equivalent training and certification will be considered.
  • Prior experience in a multidisciplinary laboratory is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Common sense approach to problem solving.
  • Highly analytical and detail oriented.
  • Leadership skills and ability to work in cross-functional teams.
  • Experience and skills in clinical informatics would be an asset.
  • Project management skills and experience would be an asset.



The Reference Laboratory in Toronto features state-of-the-art equipment that supports a broad menu of routine and specialized assays. New instrumentation for high-volume chemistry and immunology testing is currently undergoing verification for implementation later this year. The laboratory focuses on high level of automation, including numerous pre-analytical and analytical autoverification tools and automated data analysis and reporting. The clinical mass spectrometry facility is one of the largest in Canada, guided by a team of Laboratory Scientists and Clinical Biochemists, with diverse experience in development, validation, and quality assurance of lab-developed testing.

At LifeLabs, we strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace where our team members and the communities we serve feel accepted, valued, and respected.

In accordance with LifeLabs’ Accessibility Policy, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and the Ontario Human Rights Code, accommodations are available by request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process. For a confidential inquiry or to request an accommodation, please contact your recruiter or email


LifeLabs is committed to providing a safe environment for our employees, customers, and the communities we serve. We have been a leader throughout the COVID-19 pandemic regarding health and safety measures and have always put our employees and customers at the center of every decision that we make. As an organization in the health care sector, we believe the COVID vaccination adds a layer of protection that complements the extensive and necessary health and safety protocols that we have taken to date. With this in mind, we currently require all LifeLabs employees, contractors, students and volunteers to be fully vaccinated.


LifeLabs operates under a distributed workforce model, where employee flexibility is a key priority. Further information will be provided during the interview process on what this means for employees.

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