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Molecular Biology Technician, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 15749

Updated: June 19, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

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

This role reports to the Lab Manager. The Laboratory has multiple research projects at any given time, this role will be focusing on the following project: advancing antigen-specific nanomedicines on the molecular level.  The Molecular Biology Technician requires high attention to detail as errors can have an impact on the research. Technical duties will be moderately complex and will include laboratory tests, experiments and analyses. A large focus of this role will be to engineer eukaryotic and bacterial expression constructs for lentiviral, retroviral, and bacterial transduction.

 

Position Description

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

  • Technical Duties
    • Molecular Biology
      • Purification of DNA, RNA, and proteins
      • Analysis of DNA, RNA, and proteins
      • PCR and real-time PCR
      • Plasmid construct design
      • Molecular cloning
      • Characterize protein using various biological assays
    • Cellular Biology
      • Carries out large scale cell cultures (>5Litre)
      • Cell analysis using flow cytometry
      • Cell transfection
  • Other Technical duties
    • Responsible for thoroughly cleaning laboratory equipment once a month
    • Perform tasks necessary for day-to-day laboratory upkeep which includes, but not limited to dishes, autoclaving, refilling reagents
    • Must complete and understand the safety requirements for working in the lab environment

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • PhD degree in a molecular biology discipline required
  • Masters degree with equivalent experience will be considered
  • 3-5 years of related technical experience within the research specialty field required
  • 2-4 years experience in the following areas required
    • Large scale cell culture (5 liter cultures or larger)
    • Flow cytometry
    • Mammalian cell expression systems
    • Bacterial cell expression systems
    • Molecular biology with DNA and RNA
    • Molecular cloning
  • Attention to detail is crucial in following standard operating procedures and is required
  • Requires a high degree of analytical skills in carrying out technical procedures that can have a high impact of error
  • Working knowledge of immunology is an asset
  • Mouse handling experience is an asset
  • Workplace hazardous Materials Information System certificate (WhMIS)
  • Requires strong organizational and time management skill, accuracy, strong attention to detail
  • Requires experience in trouble-shooting experimental procedures and streamlining protocols to increase efficiency
  • Perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
  • Provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues
  • Knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of University core business systems is desirable

Application Deadline:  July 3, 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.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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