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Sinai Health is a leading academic health science centre with a provincial, national and international reputation for discovering and delivering life-changing care. Since 2015, we have provided excellent and compassionate care in hospital, community and home. Comprised of Mount Sinai Hospital, Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital, the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and our system partner Circle of Care, we translate scientific breakthroughs, push boundaries for health solutions, and educates future clinical and scientific leaders.

Sinai Health is fully committed to a culture of belonging and an inclusive environment that attracts and retains a diverse workforce, at all levels of the organization, that reflects the communities we serve. We welcome applications from racialized persons, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, and those from diverse backgrounds and experiences. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let us know through the Accommodation Phone Line at 416-586-4800, ext. 7050, or email HiringProcessAccommodation.msh@sinaihealth.ca

BACKGROUND
The Andrologist/Embryologist has a practical and theoretical understanding of human reproductive biology, embryology, infertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART). The overall role is to apply their array of skills along with other members of a multidisciplinary team to aid patients in achieving a pregnancy. Duties involve highly complex activities performed within the ART laboratory according to protocols described in the MSF Andrology/Embryology Laboratory Procedure Manual (Relevant Folders in the Paradigm Document Database). The Andrologist/Embryologist will be responsible for receipt and processing of sperm, oocytes and surgically-retrieved testicular and ovarian tissue. The position also includes procedures for conventional IVF insemination, embryo culture and assessment and embryo freezing and thawing. Development of SOP’s, documentation and reporting are also part of the Embryologist’s responsibilities.

JOB FUNCTIONS
  • Sperm preparation for either pretreatment evaluation (semen analysis W.H.O standards) or therapeutic treatment such as IUI and IVF/ICSI
  • Prepares, processes and isolates sperm for ICSI from surgical testicular samples (PESA, TESA, mTESE)
  • Performs cryobanking of sperm and testicular biopsies according to MSF SOP’s
  • Handles receipt and initial review of donor sperm samples according Health Canada Safety of Sperm and Ova Regulations
  • Thaws donor sperm samples for treatment
  • Maintains clear documentation of all technical procedures and cryobank records
  • Participates in oocyte retrieval procedures and assessment of human oocytes;
  • Inseminates oocytes using conventional IVF;
  • Assesses fertilization and embryo development at all stages using standardized morphological criteria;
  • Prepares and performs embryo transfer with or without assisted hatching;
  • Performs cryopreservation of embryos/blastocysts;
  • Performs thaws of frozen embryos and assessment of embryo survival for transfer
  • Performs appropriate daily maintenance and QC/QA for andrology-related laboratory area and equipment
  • Participates in inventory management to prevent supply shortage and potential use of expired supplies
  • Interacts with patients, physicians, nursing, and administrative staff
  • Understands the principles and practices of laboratory aseptic techniques and shares responsibility with the other laboratory staff to ensure that all techniques meet the prescribed QC/QA standards and procedures as described in the standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Works proficiently with computers and clinic-related software (including eIVF and MS office)
  • Participates in laboratory Quality Management programs including those required by Accreditation Canada
  • Participates in academic presentations, research projects and educational activities consistent with the mission and values of the Mount Sinai Fertility Program
  • Reports occurrences, non-conformities and deviations from standard operating procedure using the program’s reporting process and software (“SAFER”)
  • Processes surgically-retrieved ovarian and testicular tissue for cryopreservation with programmable freeze-control system (Development of this process is a key component for the contract position)
REPORTING AND COMPETENCY
  • Reports to the Laboratory Director and Laboratory Manager
  • Competency for various duties is evaluated after training, competency testing and relevant experience – see separate document

Job Requirements
  • Bachelor of Science degree (Master’s preferred) in a related field (e.g. biological science, reproductive biology, animal science) from an accredited education institution.
  • CFAS Certification preferred and will be required within 2 years of hiring;
  • Excellent communication skills are essential for routine interaction with clinical and administrative team members as well as with MSF patients;
  • A minimum of 2 years relevant and related training/work experience is required before full work independence is possible. Micromanipulation procedures (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection and Embryo Biopsy) are part of a more advanced laboratory position and will likely require significantly longer for full independence.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate collaboratively and effectively in a complex environment, with both internal and external stakeholders and partners
  • Demonstrated customer service skills and ability to sensitively communicate with patients/families in vulnerable situations while protecting patient’s privacy
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required
  • Proven attention to detail
  • Proven commitment to work effectively both independently and within an interdisciplinary team in a fast-paced environment
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organization, time management, program planning and evaluation skills
  • Demonstrated decision making, problem recognition/solving, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to utilize information technology
  • Must be able to work holiday and weekend rotations
  • Demonstrated satisfactory work performance and attendance history
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Deadline: 14-03-2024

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