Get the right cancer treatment the first time.

At Ourotech, we believe that cancer treatment can be better. Instead of the trial and error method that is ubiquitous today, we’re working to personalize cancer treatment – because every patient’s cancer is unique.

To achieve this, we’ve developed a medical device that takes patient tumor samples and identifies the best treatment for that patient.

Our business is growing. We’ve recently secured funding from VCs and lab space at JLabs in downtown Toronto.

To growing our business, we’re looking for skilled employees to join our early stage team – someone who shares our passion for getting the right cancer treatment the first time.

Tumor Engineer

The Tumor Engineer will be involved with researching optimal protocols for culturing patient tumor samples in hydrogels and microfluidic devices for testing ant-cancer drug combinations. The primary goal of the tumor engineer is to culture breast cancer cells from patients in a medical device and test FDA approved combination therapies to identify the best cancer treatment for the given patient. The researcher will conduct early stage research on cell lines and have access to primary tumor samples for research, preclinical and clinical trials.

Ourotech will be starting a preclinical trial shortly after the Tumor Engineer is hired to test 5 FDA combination therapies on patient derived xenograft samples to identify and rank the best treatments for each sample. They will optimize the cell culture protocols and conduct assays, primarily a fluorescent Live/Dead assay, to determine the efficacy of each treatment. They will finalize the protocols for an independent clinical trial.

Job Responsibilities

  • Culture cell lines and primary patient tumor samples

  • Develop tumor engineering techniques and protocols that can be replicated in clinical labs

  • Operate a microfluidic device and test FDA approved and novel anti-cancer drugs on tumor samples

  • Conduct various genotypic and phenotypic assays, as well as imaging techniques

  • Work on preclinical trials with tumor samples from patient derived xenografts

  • Develop protocols and best practices for independent clinical trials

Must Have

- Masters or greater in Life Sciences or Engineering

- Experience handling/culturing primary human cells, particularly tumor samples

- Published papers in the life sciences required

- 2+ years of work experience in cancer research or tissue engineering


Nice to Have:

- PhD in Life Sciences or Engineering preferred

- Experience in animal/clinical trials preferred

- Experience running various phenotypic and genotypic assays, particularly Live/Dead assays preferred


What’s in it for You

  • Downtown Toronto lab space (JLabs@Toronto)

  • Competitive compensation

  • Potential stock options in a growing startup

  • An open work environment where your opinions are valued

  • Potential for high career growth in a fast-paced environment

  • Work/life balance


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