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Research Associate, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 15748

Updated: June 13, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The incumbent reports to the principal investigator.

The Research Associate will provide technical support for a pluripotent stem cell laboratory.  Working in a team environment, will be responsible for assisting the principal investigator, other technical staff, and trainees (undergraduate/summer/graduate students and postdoctoral fellows), as necessary.  This position will develop and implement experiments designed to test specific scientific hypotheses.


Position Description

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

  • Assist the principal investigator in laboratory responsibilities when necessary
  • Ensure that the principal investigator is kept informed of activities and progress of work on a weekly basis
  • Organize and interpret data
  • Complete documentation for developed and enhanced techniques
  • Submit research proposals to the principal investigator
  • Assist in advising trainees with the research projects especially those pertaining to human pluripotent stem cell derivation, culture, expansion and differentiation
  • Publish and/or present research accomplishments or finding in refereed journals or conferences
  • Facilitate technology transfer with external third parties
  • Assist the principal investigator with the review of scientific papers and grants
  • Manage own time effectively to accomplish tasks with minimal supervision

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • MSc in Biological Sciences or a comparable combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 2 years of technical experience and completion of post-secondary education in related discipline
  • 1 to 3 years of related technical experience within the research specialty field
  • Specialized skills in the derivation, culture, transfection, and differentiation of human and mouse pluripotent stem cells
  • Expertise in molecular biology, especially in DNA construction, PCR, western blotting, flow cytometry, and immunostaining
  • Strong demonstrated organization skills including research and analysis, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated skills in goal-setting and goal attainment
  • Strong track record of successful management of complex technical projects
  • Certification in Biosafety and WHMIS

Application Deadline:  June 27, 2018

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 the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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