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Associate HLA Director in Training - Nova Scotia Health Authority

Category: Fellowship
Province/State: Halifax, NS
Position: Associate HLA Director in Training
Deadline: July 10, 2016
Posted: June 13, 2016

Job Description / Duties

Job Title: Associate Director in Training - HLA Laboratory Job ID: 1023090
Department: Histocompatibility Site: Victoria General Site
Reg/Temp: Casual Full/Part: Full-Time
Open Date: June 14, 2016 Close Date: July 10, 2016

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date

Opening Statement
The Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - Central Zone is seeking a qualified candidate for the 2-3 year Histocompatibility (HLA) Associate Director Training Position offered through the HLA Laboratory at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre.

The HLA Associate Director Training Program is designed to provide the trainee with the necessary skills and expertise to fulfill the requirements for the ASHI HLA Director Certification in the areas of solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, as well as to prepare the fellow for the licensing examination by the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ABHI). The trainee will work closely with HLA laboratory technologists and under direct guidance and supervision of the Medical Director.

In the first year the trainee will concentrate on the technical aspects of histocompatibility testing, including HLA typing, antibody identification, cross matching, test result analysis, quality control and quality assurance.

The second year will focus on interpretation, correlation and reporting of test results, clinical case review, clinical consultation, and laboratory management. The program also offers rotations in transfusion medicine, hematopathology, clinical flow cytometry and clinical transplantation.

The trainee will be expected to conduct research in histocompatibility in collaboration with the Medical Director. The ultimate goal of this training program is to prepare the trainee for an HLA Associate Director position.
The successful candidate must have a PhD in immunology, molecular biology, genetics, or in related biological science from an accredited University. In addition, the applicant must have a minimum of 2 years of post-doctoral experience in immunology, immunogenetics, molecular biology or a related field. A strong technical background in flow cytometry and molecular techniques, including sequencing, is an asset. Nova Scotia Health Authority and Dalhousie University place a strong emphasis on patient care, research and teaching. The candidate must have the communication and collaboration skills needed to work closely with the multi-disciplinary teams supporting the transplant programs.
Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, has a metropolitan population of approximately 400,000. The city has a very good public school system, five universities and colleges and a number of cultural facilities.


• PhD in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Genetics or a related biological science from an accredited University
• Minimum of 2 years post-doctoral experience in immunology, immunogenetics, molecular biology or related field
• Technical experience in flow cytometry and molecular techniques, including sequencing, is an asset
• Must possess strong communication and collaboration skills
• Must keep up to date on current trends and technologies associated with HLA
• Must be able to handle complex cases with multiple and conflicting priorities and demands
• Possesses decision making skills and ability to keep timelines
• Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
• Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work
* Long assignment full-time position; 75 hours biweekly
* Beginning September 6, 2016 with an expected end date of August 30, 2019
* On call responsibilities required


*Salary Under Review
Application Requirement

To pursue this opportunity, please submit your application complete with cover letter and resume outlining your experience by selecting the link below:

The deadline for receipt of applications is July 10, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Additional Information

* Three (3) letters of reference must be attached to the candidate application
* Questions regarding the posting or application should be directed to Dr. Robert Liwski at

Closing Statement

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment at this site.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority policy at this site requires no smoking, vaping or tobacco use on the property or during staff-led patient outings. This means not using any tobacco products, other smoked or heated substances. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, pipes, vape pens and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) at any time.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the posting or application should be directed to Dr. Robert Liwski at