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Research Assistant, Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

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Job ID: 13819

Updated: September 19, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 5 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Working within established laboratory guidelines and research protocols, the Lab Assistant will provide technical research support by preparing images for data collection using eye-tracking and EEG equipment as well as eye-tracking and EEG data collection, analysis, entry and collation. May also provide other laboratory assistance or work on additional projects as they arise and time permits. 

This recurring part-time position works 7 hours a week, one day a week (day to be negotiated with PI), and may occasionally require to work outside regular work hours.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Operating Eye-tracking and EEG equipment for veterinary medical educational research which includes:
    • Selection or procurement of gross or clinical pathology images
    • Establishment of environmental images and AOIs for eye-tracking
    • Validation of eye-tracking AOIs
    • Collecting eye-tracking data, data entry and data analysis
    • Establishing programming for EEG
    • EEG validation
    • Collection of EEG data, data entry and data analysis
  • Reports any malfunctioning laboratory equipment or depleted consumable laboratory supplies to the Laboratory Manager, Graduate Student, or Primary Investigator
  • Works within established University research guidelines as well as research specific protocols
  • The laboratory environment is safe for all stakeholders and is operated within established SOPs
  • Advise the Laboratory Manager of any incident or occupational illness as outlined in University of Calgary Safety and Security protocols
  • Preparing standard chemical solutions and reagents, proper disposal of chemical waste, maintaining the laboratory to conform to safety standards, and the continuous and safe operation of lab instruments
  • Problems and recommended solutions are identified to the Graduate Student and Laboratory Manager
  • Maintains confidentiality, adheres to safety regulations, and is flexible in providing assistance in other areas as required
  • Interacts with facility users (faculty, students, staff, and others) in a pleasant and respectful manner when providing assistance

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Competency in operating eye-tracking equipment and microscopic photography is essential
  • Experience using an EEG is essential
  • Advanced education and training, including experience in a research laboratory environment is considered an asset
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Possessing WHMIS and bio-safety level 1 & 2 training desirable, or a willingness to become certified required
  • Competency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to facilitate interaction with a variety of facilities users is needed (fluency in English is necessary) as well as the ability to work under indirect supervision
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills, strong organizational, and excellent interpersonal skills.

Application Deadline:  September 18, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about UCVM visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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